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 […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

Josh McInnes Shares His Experiences and Research on Mammal-eating Killer Whales

Josh joins us to discuss his research on Transient killer whales. These orcas eat marine mammals and differ from fish-eating Resident killer whales. As a student growing up in Canada, Josh shares childhood stories of whales which led him to his current work in California studying killer whales that prey upon the calves of Gray […]

How Could a New Habitat Protection Law Help Orcas? Amy Carey Explains.

Executive Director of Sound Action, Amy Carey, explains why orcas need soft shorelines in Puget Sound. House Bill 1579, if passed, will protect shorelines through the revision of HPA (hydraulic project approval) process for construction in waters. Sound Action has spent countless hours watchdogging every marine HPA and fighting to ensure shorelines are protected. This fix […]

Perspectives from a Female Killer Whale Scientist – New Research, Dams, Fisheries Management, and Hope

Learn about the biggest issues facing endangered Southern Resident killer whales from Dr. Deborah Giles, Science Advisor for the Orca Salmon Alliance. We talk about challenging issues such as dam removal, fisheries management, and also learn how Giles manages working “on behalf of the Southern Resident killer whales” as an advocate and scientist. Plus, learn how […]

Did the Orca Task Force Make a Positive Difference? A Killer Whale Biologist, David Bain, Weighs in.

Now that the first year of the two-year Washington State Orca Task Force has completed their final list of recommendations, and Governor Inslee announced a proposed 1.1 BILLION dollar budget for recovering endangered killer whales, we ask David Bain, killer whale biologist and Whale Scout Program Advisor, to evaluate the results. Did the Orca Task […]

Reactions to Inslee’s Budget and Plan to Recover Orcas from Monika Wieland-Shields and Whitney Neugebauer

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee announces is budget and plans to save endangered Southern Resident killer whales. The 1.1 Billion dollar packaged surprised many, but take a closer look at where the money will be spent. Whitney and Monika will break down the major line items and how those choices may impact orcas. Inslee’s proposed […]