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Now that the legislative session is over, where do the Orca Task Force recommendations stand? Has progress been made? The BOLD team has the answers in this easy-to-read scorecard.

Now that the legislative session is over, where do the Orca Task Force recommendations stand? Has progress been made? The BOLD team has the answers in this easy-to-read scorecard.

Thank you to everyone who’s been following and engaging with their legislators to help critical bills get passed! There is still more work to be done in a lot of areas as you will find out in this report particularly in funding salmon habitat projects.

MLK Monday Event

Volunteer to improve habitat and celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.! Portions of Bothell’s largest park, the former Wayne Golf Course, are a migratory corridor for Chinook salmon in the Sammamish River and potential habitat for Coho at the confluence of Waynita Creek. As this amazing property transforms from a golf course into a public open space, volunteers are offered the opportunity to help improve the habitat. By controlling non-native and invasive weeds, and protecting native trees and vegetation, we’re able to improve water quality for salmon and down the line provide more prey for killer whales in Puget Sound!

Masks will be required. Consider signing up your household for a fun, educational, family outing. Those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult, under 18 need a signed release form by a parent. Please sign up, we will limit participants. A confirmation email will be sent to you 2-3 days prior to the event.

MLK Weekend Event

Volunteer to improve habitat and celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.! Portions of Bothell’s largest park, the former Wayne Golf Course, are a migratory corridor for Chinook salmon in the Sammamish River and potential habitat for Coho at the confluence of Waynita Creek. As this amazing property transforms from a golf course into a public open space, volunteers are offered the opportunity to help improve the habitat. By controlling non-native and invasive weeds, and protecting native trees and vegetation, we’re able to improve water quality for salmon and down the line provide more prey for killer whales in Puget Sound!

Masks will be required. Consider signing up your household for a fun, educational, family outing. Those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult, under 18 need a signed release form by a parent. Please sign up, we will limit participants. A confirmation email will be sent to you 2-3 days prior to the event.

Helpin’ Out Bear Creek

Get your hands back in the dirt this Sunday! Join us to help plant live stakes of willow harvested from the site and remove pesky blackberry! In light of omicron, we’re limiting the group to 10 participants, requiring masks and proof of vaccination. Please sign up today! Also – join us afterwards around 12:45pm for happy hour at Cairn Brewing where we are the featured charity of the month! Indoor and outdoor seating available. Sign up is required below.

Continue Your Education with The Pulse

KEEP UP WITH THE PULSE

of the Salish Sea in this virtual continuing education program for environmental educators, marine naturalists, or nature enthusiast from across the world.  

Designed for professionals and amateurs alike, this program goes beyond the basics and takes deeper dives on ecosystem-wide topics and the latest research. Please note, this is not an introductory program, basic knowledge is expected.

JOIN US ON THE SECOND WEDNESDAY EACH MONTH

for a year-long series of monthly naturalist nights connecting those who work (or play) in the field across the region to scientists and experts in a wide variety of fields.

Meet & Greet5:30 PM

Speaker PresentationSee the line-up below! 6:00PM – 7:00PM

Q&A7:00PM – 7:30PM

BECOME CERTIFIED with The Pulse of the Salish Sea by completing the following:

(1) Attending twelve virtual talks (1 per month),

(2) One volunteer event (of your choice) that in some way gives back to your local ecosystem,

(3) Pre and Post online survey

(4) Optional, a Fall 2022 boat trip with others that have signed up.

By registering, you will keep up with The Pulse of the Salish Sea, have opportunities to connect and network with other naturalists throughout the region, and support four regional non-profits.

All tuition will be divided amongst Orca Behavior InstituteOrca Network, The Salish Sea School, and Whale Scout. Thank you for your support!

Cost: $120. Scholarships are available.

Register for THE PULSE any time of the year here! Recordings of prior lectures will be made available to those who are signed up.

 

Help Restore Habitat at the Former Wayne Golf Course

Volunteer to improve habitat! Portions of Bothell’s largest park, the former Wayne Golf Course, are a migratory corridor for Chinook salmon in the Sammamish River and potential habitat for Coho at the confluence of Waynita Creek. As this amazing property transforms from a golf course into a public open space, volunteers are offered the opportunity to help improve the habitat. By controlling non-native and invasive weeds, and protecting native trees and vegetation, we’re able to improve water quality for salmon and down the line provide more prey for killer whales in Puget Sound!

Join us December 12th. Consider signing up your household for a fun, educational, family outing.

Those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult, under 18 need a signed release form by a parent.

Helpin’ Out Bear Creek

Bear Creek is known for having relatively healthy habitat for Chinook salmon within the urban area of King County. Let’s keep it that way by restoring habitat together! This private homesite is situated along the stream. Whale Scout has been working to restore this property since 2018 thanks to the help of volunteers.

Join us to help control invasive weeds and keep our new native plants and trees healthy.

Signing up is required so we can provide parking instructions and keep the group size under 15 people.

Those under 15 are welcome with an adult.

Please park at the PCC on Avondale Road. We will meet and walk to the site about ten minutes away. If you have mobility concerns, please contact us for arrangements.

Unique Holiday Gifts Supporting Whale Scout

The dramatic story of endangered Southern Resident killer whales reached a crescendo in 2018 when Tahlequah carried her dead calf for 17 days and over 1,000 miles. The hearts of people around the world were touched by the tragic grief displayed by a mother orca. Today, the whales continue to struggle to reproduce and continue their family lines. Whale Scout restores salmon habitat to help address a critical problem for orcas: lack of food. Improving riparian areas alongside Chinook-bearing rivers and streams, we get whale watchers directly involved in saving the whales we all love to observe in the wild. With just 73 whales remaining in this population, we’re serious about getting work done. Read more about what we are striving to accomplish in 2022 with your support and donate today.

Help Restore Bear Creek

Bear Creek is known for having relatively healthy habitat for Chinook salmon within the urban area of King County. Let’s keep it that way by restoring habitat together! This private homesite is situated along the stream. Whale Scout has been working to restore this property since 2018 thanks to the help of volunteers.

Join us to help control invasive weeds and keep our new native plants and trees healthy.

Signing up is required so we can provide parking instructions and keep the group size under 15 people.

Those under 15 are welcome with an adult.

Please park at the PCC on Avondale Road. We will meet and walk to the site about ten minutes away. If you have mobility concerns, please contact us for arrangements.

Restore Habitat at the Former Wayne Golf Course

Volunteer to improve habitat! Portions of Bothell’s largest park, the former Wayne Golf Course, are a migratory corridor for Chinook salmon in the Sammamish River and potential habitat for Coho at the confluence of Waynita Creek. As this amazing property transforms from a golf course into a public open space, volunteers are offered the opportunity to help improve the habitat. By controlling non-native and invasive weeds, and protecting native trees and vegetation, we’re able to improve water quality for salmon and down the line provide more prey for killer whales in Puget Sound!

Join us November 21st. Consider signing up your household for a fun, educational, family outing.

Those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult, under 18 need a signed release form by a parent.

Scientists Respond to the Lone Beluga in Puget Sound

In October 2021 sightings networks in Puget Sound such as Orca Network, have been buzzing with the bizarre sighting of a lone Beluga whale far from his or her family in Arctic homewaters. The whale has dazzled whale watchers on boats and from home viewing live helicopter footage from a news station. The beluga’s brilliant white body is easy to spot and is completely out of place against our urban shorelines. It’s concerning for a whale to be separated and observed outside his or her natural habitat. Scientists are now trying to figure out who this whale is and where he or she came from. Listen to learn more about the methods they are employing to match this whale to an existing population and how you can help. On this episode we’re joined by Barbara Mahoney, NOAA Fisheries Biologist. Barbara works on beluga recovery and is also the acting Marine Mammal Strandings Coordinator for the state of Alaska. She gives us insight into the world of beluga whales to better understand our wayward beluga.

Learn more about the endangered Cook Inlet beluga population.

When whales appear in strange places! Learn more in this informative article.

If you see the beluga in Puget Sound, please give the animal space and notify researchers by calling: Orca Network at 1-360-331-3543 or the West Coast Marine Mammal Stranding Network Hotline at 1-866-767-6114.

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