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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.

Improve 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!

Consider signing up your household for a fun, educational, family outing. Masks will be required for check-in and check-out or when distancing is difficult. There will be options for separate groups for those who wish to have added distance or fully masked groups.

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

Signing up is required at this link: https://forms.gle/BiGY2UDTsxrYzkF57

Volunteer for Orca Recovery Day!

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!

This special event celebrates Orca Recovery Day! Across Puget Sound and beyond, you will be joined by others volunteering in their local communities to make their own backyards a better place for salmon and orcas. See a full listing of events here. Whale Scout’s event at the former Wayne Golf Course is one of many going on in the Bothell/Kenmore area! Check out the ongoing work with our partners in the region.

Members from OneBothell, a nonprofit that worked tirelessly to preserve this property, will also join the event sharing their story and upcoming projects including monthly educational walks around the park showcasing unique features and stories.

Ask a killer whale scientist! Dr. David Bain will lead a short walk sharing recent research about endangered Southern Resident killer whales. Be sure to come with questions!

Consider signing up your household for a fun, educational, family outing. We ask that you bring a mask for check-in and check-out and when working near young children who are unable to be vaccinated. We will spread out and offer small group activities that are geared for adults only or for families.

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

Interview with Filmmaker Joshua Zeman, ‘The Loneliest Whale: The Search for 52’

Dubbed the “loneliest whale in the world,” a whale calling out at a unique 52 hertz was first discovered by the Navy. Years later, intrigued by mystery, filmmaker Joshua Zeman sets out on a quest to find the whale, ’52’ alongside prominent scientists and acousticians. Join their incredible journey as they use new technologies to unravel the secrets of this elusive whale and what he or she just might teach all of us.

View the official trailer.

Read the NY Times review.

Find showtimes near you.

Get involved with the project!

Follow @joshzeman on Twitter.

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 August 15th. Covid restrictions are now lifted. Masks are no longer required however we will offer separate areas for groups to spread out including families with younger, unvaccinated kids. 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.

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 July 18th. Covid restrictions are now lifted. Masks are no longer required however we will offer separate areas for groups to spread out including families with younger, unvaccinated kids. 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.

Signing up is required at this link.

Spirits of the Coast: Indigenous Media Maker Nikki Sanchez Talks New Book

Celebrating the theme of “We are Family” we’re taking a deep dive into the social interconnectedness of orcas and exploring concepts of culture both in the behavior of whales and our own diverse relationships with the species. This year we’ll be reading the National Geographic magazine “Secrets of the Whales” edition and “Spirits of the Coast” produced by the BC Royal Museum.

“Spirits of the Coast” is a collection of Indigenous stories, scientific perspectives, poems, and visual art, exploring the world or orcas in the Pacific Northwest. Called the “mastermind of the book,” Nikki Sanchez joins Whitney Neugebauer of Whale Scout and Colleen Weiler of Whale and Dolphin Conservation for an emotional conversation about “Spirits of the Coast” and the current issues facing Indigenous communities in British Columbia.

Join us for a live online community conversation where the public can share their perspectives June 17th. Register here.

Whale and Dolphin Conservation

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Orca Culture: Dr. John Ford Shares His Experiences Studying Whales

The recently published National Geographic series Secrets of the Whales takes a deep dive into the cultural lives of whales. On this episode we learn about culture in Pacific Northwest killer whales (orcas) from Dr. John Ford from his 40+ years of experience. What exactly is culture in animals? Why is it such a contentious topic among scientists? How is culture exhibited in orcas? Plus, Ford examines the potential costs and benefits of culture in a population such as the Southern Residents.

June is Orca Action Month in the Pacific Northwest! Whitney Neugebauer from Whale Scout and Colleen Weiler from Whale and Dolphin Conservation host the Orca Month Book Club. For 2021 we’re reading the National Geographic magazine article “Secrets of the Whales” and the book “Spirits of the Coast.”

Join us for live online community conversations June 10th and 17th. Register here.

June is Orca Action Month!

Celebrate the iconic Southern Resident killer whales

Choose from events and activities coordinated by the Orca Salmon Alliance and partner organizations – that bring together researchers, conservation organizations, orca lovers, elected officials, and inspire action and advocacy efforts to protect this highly endangered population. Everyone is invited to get involved and participate throughout this exciting event. Here’s a sampling of events we’re helping to host:

June 6th – Orca Month Kick-off
June 6th & 10th – Orca Month Book Club, Spirits of the Coast
June 13th – Volunteer Work Party in Bothell 
June 13th & 17th – Orca Month Book Club, Secrets of the Whales

Check out the full lineup of events at the Orca Action Month website!

Volunteer to Restore Habitat for Orca Action Month

Celebrate Orca Action Month! It will be a party with ice cream to go around too! 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 June 13th. We’re offering COVID-safe small groups (fewer than ten people total). Consider signing up your household for a fun, educational, family outing.


Due to COVID precautions we ask all volunteers bring their own gloves, food and water, and wear mask. Those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult, under 18 need a signed release form by a parent.

Signing up is required at this links:

10am – 12pm

12pm – 2pm

We’re asking for firm, committed RSVP’s only. Upon confirmation, your spot will be held ensuring the group size does not exceed ten people. Work party windows are short, please arrive promptly and stay the full time unless arranged ahead of time. Thank you for your cooperation!

Orca Action Month Special Preview with Amanda Colbert!

https://youtu.be/oNRMZsZXotM

June is Orca Action Month in the Pacific Northwest! Amanda Colbert joins the podcast to give listeners a preview of what’s to come. Here’s a hint: orca-tastic events both online and in-person for the whole family! Learn how to craft a letter to policy-makers, join an art class or trash pick-up, plus SO MUCH MORE for Orca Action Month, June 2021!

Learn more and discover events at www.orcamonth.com

Join the virtual kickoff festival here.

Learn more about Orca Network at www.orcanetwork.org and the Orca Salmon Alliance at www.orcasalmonalliance.org