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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.

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Interview with the Author, Monika Wieland Shields of Endangered Orcas: The Story of the Southern Residents

Author Monika Wieland Shields joins us to discuss her book, Endangered Orcas: The Story of the Southern Residents. Learn how and why she started writing the book, her process, and hopes for the future. Monika tells the story of these whales from her personal experiences and also from a scientific standpoint, catching up the reader on some of the most up-to-date scientific research. On the human side of the story, Monika chose to include some of the more dramatic and political stories that surround the whale world. This book is perfect for everyone: from those just learning about whales to experienced naturalists!

Monika is also the President and c0-founder of the Orca Behavior Institute, an independent research nonprofit, and runs the blog Orca Watcher.

Buy the book at Indiebound.org or learn where to find it at a local bookstore.

Robert Lusardi: Dams and the state of Klamath River salmon

In March of 2019 L pod made an appearance in California capturing media attention following a dearth of sightings. That got Southern Resident killer whale enthusiasts asking what they were eating. Although this area is a normal part of the whales’ range, less attention is sometimes given to the importance of this habitat and the salmon that originate these local rivers. Dr. Robert Lusardi joins us to discuss the Klamath River dam removal plans, the current status of salmon populations, and the threats they face.

Learn more! In this podcast we referenced: State of the Salmonids report that we published in 2017. Inland Fishes of California, Peter Moyle.

Help Salmon in Bear Creek

Volunteer to make a difference for orcas in Redmond! Join us at a private property site located along Bear Creek to plant native trees and remove non-native and invasive vegetation. Restoring this riparian zone is fun and helps the salmon that feed whales! Please meet at PCC in Redmond (11435 Avondale Rd NE, Redmond, WA 98052) and we will walk to the property together. This is about a 6 minute walk. Please email us if you have accessibility concerns.

Help Salmon in Bear Creek

Volunteer to make a difference for orcas in Redmond! Join us at a private property site located along Bear Creek to plant native trees and remove non-native and invasive vegetation. Restoring this riparian zone is fun and helps the salmon that feed whales! Please meet at PCC in Redmond (11435 Avondale Rd NE, Redmond, WA 98052) and we will walk to the property together. This is about a 6 minute walk. Please email us if you have accessibility concerns.

Plant Trees at the Maury Island Marine Park

Spend a fun-filled day at a beautiful park with other orca and salmon enthusiasts! The Maury Island Marine Park was once a former gravel mine the large sections of the surface including all vegetation removed. Whale Scout volunteers have helped King County Parks reforest this site over the last several years but there are still more trees to be planted! Adding trees will restore the natural erosional processes that bring just the right about of sediment down into the nearshore for small fish to grow up and become orca food. For full event details, click here.

Are Pink Salmon a Threat to Southern Resident Orcas? Salmon Scientist Dr. Greg Ruggerone weighs in.

Photo Courtesy of Natural Resources Consultants

Dr. Greg Ruggerone joins us in-studio to discuss interesting biennial trends related to the boom and bust abundance levels of pink salmon and Southern Resident killer whale births and deaths. Since Southern Resident killer whales don’t directly prey upon pink salmon in a significant way, what’s the connection here? Dr. Greg Ruggerone walks us through how he has tried to answer this question and explains other biennial trends seen throughout marine ecosystems in the Pacific.

Dr. Greg Ruggerone is President of Natural Resources Consultants with over 35 years of experience studying salmon. His recent paper on possible interactions between pink salmon and killer whales caught the attention of the media earlier this year.