Super Earth Day Volunteer Event!

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 April 25th. We’re offering different shifts to ensure 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.

Shifts are 9:00am – 11:00am, 11:30am – 1:30pm, and 2:00 – 4:00pm.

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!

Registration is required:

9am sign up here

11:30am sign up here

2:00pm sign up here

Whale Scout is a part of a larger effort this Earth Day – Super Earth Day! We’ve teamed up with other Bothell/Kenmore groups to offer our community many opportunities to dig in. Check out the flyer below and look for events on Facebook.

Diverse Voices Summer Internship Opportunity- 2021

Whale Scout, a nonprofit organization based in King County, Washington is looking for student summer interns to assist with salmon habitat restoration, riparian research and monitoring, and outreach/educational activities with diverse audiences. Dedicated to protecting Pacific Northwest whales through land-based conservation experiences, Whale Scout takes a boots-on-the-ground approach to recovering endangered Southern Resident killer whales and the salmon they rely upon. We acknowledge that we are on the ancestral lands of the Coast Salish people, and recognize that certain local communities of color, including indigenous people are often disproportionately impacted by lack of salmon, poor water quality, and access to outdoor environmental experiences and education. Our programs, including this internship, work to address these issues. We are seeking applicants whose backgrounds, experiences, skills, and interests align with environmental justice goals related to Puget Sound. This internship will offer students the opportunity to learn about killer whales, salmon habitat, native vegetation, water quality, communication, community building, and non-profit organizational management. It will offer those 17 and older field experience educating the public including diverse families. The internship may also include opportunities to participate in day trips to San Juan Island and local Puget Sound beaches to facilitate educational land-based whale watching opportunities depending on COVID-19 levels. Activities will be adjusted to comply with all COVID-19 guidelines. Three positions are available lasting 10 weeks with a $1,000 stipend to cover travel and associated expenses. Applications due April 26th.

Description of Responsibilities

Watering, weeding, maintenance, and monitoring of newly planted native vegetation at restoration sites within north King County

Riparian and water quality monitoring at our Bear Creek site

Outreach performing educational activities working with kids and families in King County as health guidelines permit 

Compiling and delivering Orca Conservation Kits throughout the Puget Sound region and King County

Land-based whale watching with the public at Puget Sound beaches and possibly day trips to San Juan Island (3-5) as part of the San Juan Island Naturalist Program if health guidelines permit

Development of short, educational videos 

Data entry and some administrative tasks

Independent reading, learning and research

Required attendance at online trainings in May (4 two-hour sessions on weekends, online) 

Benefits

$1,000 stipend to cover the cost of travel and associated expenses

Field experience

Continuing educational opportunities 

Networking opportunities 

Experience working with diverse communities

Learn salmon habitat restoration and water quality testing techniques 

Upon successful completion of internship, letter(s) of recommendation for future positions

Desired start date 

Participation in weekend training sessions online in May (4, two-hour sessions)

Internship start date: June 7th (phased-in start, independent study week 1, site orientations week 2)

Timeline

Applications due: April 26th

Interviews: via ZOOM May 4, 5, 6

Internship June 7th – August 15th

Commitment 

Commitment 20 hours per week (approx). 

Schedule can vary and include some weekends

Skills and Qualifications 

Open mind and willingness to explore other points of view 

Computer skills – use of Google products such as Google calendar, Google docs, Google sheets/excel and Zoom. Must have access to a computer/internet/email regularly

Be able to lift 40 lbs

Interest in teaching a diverse group of students both in and out of the classroom.

Proven personal initiative and ability to multitask, prioritize, use good judgement, problem solve, and work effectively both independently and as a team in a fast-paced environment.

Ability to hike several miles and serve outdoors in all weather conditions.

Demonstrated written and oral communication skills and detail-oriented organizational skills.

Must be at least 17 years old on first day of internship

Must provide personal transportation to sites across King County and Anacortes, Wa. Travel to south Puget Sound and Mount Vernon for field trips may be possible.

Must possess a valid driver’s license

Must successfully pass a criminal history background check.

Must be a U.S. citizen, national or lawful permanent resident alien.

Willingness to store and/or transport materials to and from home.

Some basic knowledge of Pacific Northwest ecosystems, flora and fauna.

Willingness to learn more about the threats and science regarding Southern Resident killer whales

Housing not provided.

We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans. No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. 

We consider the “whole applicant,” working to develop a cohort of interns with unique perspectives each year. Typically we receive far more applicants than available positions.  

To apply, fill out and return this application by April 26th, 2021.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfm_keJ9nxUOMT6XSx6IkGy2Uf-gvtrXeI-0uXrRS8XoXZ5rw/viewform?usp=sf_link

New Book, Not on My Watch – Interview with author Alexandra Morton

Alexandra Morton, an orca communication and behavior scientist turned salmon activist, returns to the Whale Scout podcast to discuss her just-released new book, “Not on My Watch: How A Renegade Whale Biologist Took On Governments and Industry To Save Wild Salmon.” An engaging speaker and storyteller, Alexandra shares the emotional, dynamic ongoing struggle to remove Atlantic salmon farms out of the wild, rugged, and resilient waterways that support the communities of British Columbia, Canada, including First Nations. Led to Canada by the orcas, ultimately the work of Alexandra Morton continues to protect the whales through the protection of wild salmon so desperately needed by both the whales and people of the coast.

Purchase a copy of the book via Penguin Random House.

Learn more about Alexandra Morton’s work on her website.

Learn about the work lead by Wild Fish Conservancy in Washington State to remove salmon farms from Puget Sound.

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A New, Damless, Vision for the Lower Snake River and Columbia Basin

Executive Director of Save Our Wild Salmon Coalition, Joseph Bogaard, shares promising news about the future of the Columbia Basin and lower Snake River dams. Idaho Republican Congressman Mike Simpson has proposed a plan to recover salmon with a free-flowing Snake River and ensure the prosperity of regional communities. As of today, the plan would be to remove the four lower Snake River dams by 2030 – would it be too late? Joseph Bogaard explains. Learn more about the plan and how you can help.

Read Simpson’s proposal, take action with SOS writing to Northwest Senators and House members) for OR, WA, ID, AK, and MT residents) asking them to work to improve and advance Rep. Simpson’s ‘Columbia Basin Fund’ initiative.

Learn more at: www.wildsalmon.org

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Let’s Talk Critically Endangered North Atlantic Right Whales with Colleen Weiler from WDC

On this podcast we typically closely follow the story of the Southern Resident killer whales, but on this episode we talk with our friend Colleen Weiler from Whale and Dolphin Conservation about her work on North Atlantic Right whales. Join us on a trip to the Atlantic Ocean to learn about these large baleen whales, ropeless fishing gear, shipping traffic, and ways you can help.

For information about Whale and Dolphin Conservation visit: whales.org

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FREAK OUT AND SAVE RIGHT WHALES – Sign the WDC petition by March 1st, 2021

Learn more and take action on the SAVE RIGHT WHALES ACT!

Learn more about ROPELESS/ON DEMAND FISHING

Sound Action’s New Underwater Orca Camera – Amy Carey

Learn all about Sound Action’s new project – an underwater camera! This video and audio live-stream will hopefully capture orcas at a popular whale watching spot, Point Robinson, which is also an aquatic reserve in south Puget Sound. Executive Director, Amy Carey shares her personal story coming to protect endangered orcas and the work that Sound Action does to protect the critical ecosystem foundations – salmon, forage fish, and nearshore habitats.

For more information on the orca camera project and the full scope of Sound Action’s work as a shoreline development watchdog organization, go to www.SoundAction.org.

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Restore Habitat in Bothell

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 March 6th. We’re offering different shifts to ensure COVID-safe small groups (fewer than five 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.

Shifts are 9:00am – 11:00am, 11:30am – 1:30pm, and 2:00 – 4:00pm.

To sign up, please email director@whalescout.org with your name, requested shift start time, number of people in your group, and phone number.

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

Restore Habitat in Bothell – February

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 February 7th. We’re offering different shifts to ensure COVID-safe small groups (fewer than five 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.

Shifts are 9:00am – 11:00am, 11:30am – 1:30pm, and 2:00 – 4:00pm.

To sign up, please email director@whalescout.org with your name, requested shift start time, number of people in your group, and phone number.

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

Restore Habitat in Bothell

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 January 23rd. We’re offering different shifts to ensure COVID-safe small groups (fewer than five 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.

Shifts are 9:00am – 11:00am, 11:30am – 1:30pm, and 2:00 – 4:00pm.

To sign up, please email director@whalescout.org with your name, requested shift start time, number of people in your group, and phone number.

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

Upcoming Film, Searching for Chinook with Alexandra Johnston

Executive Producer and Presenter Alexandra Johnston joins the Whale Scout podcast to share an update on the upcoming film, Searching for Chinook. Footage was captured during the dramatic summer of 2018 on San Juan Island when J35 Tahlequah lost and carried her dead calf on a “tour of grief” and J50 Scarlet slowly and tragically perished despite an unprecedented rescue effort. Alexandra and the small team including Maisie Williams and Marina Nangle now work to complete the film during a challenging year. You can support their work by visiting their website and purchasing merchandise including sunglasses made from recycled marine debris.

Website: https://searchingforchinook.com/

Instagram: @SearchingforChinook

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