Celebrate Orca Month Restoring Salmon Habitat

Celebrate Orca Month by restoring salmon habitat at the former Wayne Golf Course, a City of Bothell park! Portions of the park 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 the Salish Sea!

Ask an orca scientist! Dr. David Bain will join us and answer all your orca and salmon questions.

Registration required

OneBothell, a nonprofit which organized to help preserve the park property will be on site to share the amazing story of the land and all its special features!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.

Sammamish River Kayak Tour, June 11th

Take a salmon-eye view of the Sammamish River to learn more about orcas and the ways salmon use the river system to complete their life-cycle. Whale Scout naturalists will offer a morning of adventure, exploration, and fun kayaking along the Sammamish River in Bothell. Prior to setting off on a one-hour round trip tour, we’ll share a little about the history of the river and ways it’s being protected and restored.

Kayaks are included in the cost and provided by WhatsSup. When registering please indicate if you would like a single or a double boat. Space will be limited and we appreciate your flexibility. We will meet at the Park at Bothell Landing near the playground. Participants must be 18 years or older or accompanied by an adult. Life jackets will be provided. No experience necessary. Presented in partnership with Mid Sound Fisheries Enhancement Group.

Dress for the weather and bring sunscreen!

Location: Park at Bothell Landing, 9919 NE 180 St, Bothell

Time: 9am – 11am

Cost: $30 per person

Sign up here!

Orca Month Book Club, June 23rd

Read along with Whale Scout and Whale & Dolphin Conservation for Orca Month! We’re diving into the 2022 theme “Stream to Sea” to explore how recovering rivers and watersheds is essential for the Southern Resident orcas. This year, we’re reading “Recovering a Lost River” by Steven Hawley. This book argues for the need to remove the four Lower Snake River dams to restore the Snake River’s wild salmon, and discusses how the health of the river is connected to local economies, water rights, energy independence, and Tribal cultures. “Recovering a Lost River” rallies advocates from many sides in a persistent but straightforward message: all salmon need is water in their rivers and a clear way home.Join us online June 23rd at 7pm PDT for a community discussion on Zoom of “Recovering a Lost River” and its connections to Southern Resident orcas, the hope or frustration in the ongoing struggle to restore the Snake River, and the new opportunity of the last two years. Conversations are casual, include thought-provoking questions and polls, and are open to everyone.

Register and get reminders at the Eventbrite ticket link

Cairn Community Pint Night Benefitting Whale Scout June 30th

Celebrate Orca Month with a cold drink! Please join us for a Community Pint Night on June 30th featuring Whale Scout! Cairn will donate 10% of ALL Sales (Beer, Wine, Cider, Merch, Cans To-Go, Anything!) directly to Whale Scout. 4pm – 9pm. All ages welcome in the building!

Learn more about Cairn Brewing!

Volunteer to Restore Habitat

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. 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.

Orcas and the Green-Duwamish River

Orcas need salmon to survive and all of us can make a difference where we live in the Green-Duwamish watershed. Join your community and the rugby sports team, The Seattle Seawolves to get your hands dirty at Riverbend North in Tukwila. The event is June 4th and is a part of Orca Action Month, a regional effort to draw attention to endangered Southern Resident killer whales. Come learn about restoration of the Green-Duwamish river, home to five species of Pacific salmon, and all about orcas. Activities include presentations from community leaders and experts, hands-on habitat restoration, and booths from community organizations.

This event is open to all ages however advanced registration is suggested here!

Event hosts include Duwamish Alive Coalition, Green River Coalition, and Orca Conservancy with partners DIRT Corps, Nicoterra Trails, and the Tukwila Ramada.

This site and event are funded by: WRIA 9 and the King County Flood Control District, The Rose Foundation and Puget Soundkeeper, WDFW ALEA, King County Wastewater Treatment Division, and NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region

Volunteer on an island in Puget Sound

Join Whale Scout as King County Parks hosts us at one of our favorite sites – the Maury Island Marine Park! We’ve been volunteering to reforest this former mine site since 2016 and have also participated in beach cleanups along this beautiful stretch of shoreline. In fact, this shoreline is the longest natural, undeveloped shoreline in all of King County! 

Volunteer on May 21st from 9am – 12pm. Getting there is half the fun with a ferry ride from Seattle or Tacoma. 

Activities for the day include cutting and removing Scotch broom and a beach cleanup!

Following the work party everyone is welcome to a picnic gathering at Point Robinson, an incredible land-based viewing location that even features a new underwater camera. 

Proof of vaccination will be required to participate per King County Parks rules and you must register before the event. Space is limited. Be sure to sign up today!

Sign up:https://pg-cloud.com/KingCountyParks/

tip: use the link below and scroll down to May 21st to find the event with Whale Scout. 

Diverse Voices Student Internship Opportunity

Whale Scout, a nonprofit organization based in King County, Washington is looking for student summer interns to assist with salmon habitat restoration and outreach and education 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, communication, community building, non-profit organizational management, and become certified water quality monitors. It will offer those 17 and older field experience educating the public including diverse families. The internship may also include opportunities to participate in field trips to San Juan Island. Activities will be adjusted to comply with all COVID-19 guidelines. Three positions are available lasting eight weeks, approximately 20 hours a week, with $15/hr compensation. Applications are due May 16th.

Description of Responsibilities

Watering, weeding, maintenance, and monitoring of newly planted native vegetation at restoration sites within north King County – some in partnership with Mid Sound Fisheries Enhancement Group

Riparian and water quality monitoring at our Bear Creek site

Outreach performing educational activities working with kids and families throughout King County

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

Data entry for the PodMatch website and some administrative tasks

Independent reading, learning and research

Possible field trip(s) to San Juan Island

Required attendance at online orientation sessions

Benefits

$15/hr compensation

Field experience

Continuing educational opportunities 

Networking opportunities 

Experience working with diverse communities

Experience learning about salmon habitat restoration and water quality testing techniques 

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

Internship length

July 6th – August 30th, approximately 20 hrs a week including weekends and evenings

Timeline

Applications due: May 16th

Interviews: via ZOOM May 20th and 23rd

Internship July 6th – August 30th

Commitment 

Commitment 20 hours per week (approx). 

Schedule can vary and include some weekends and evenings

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 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 May 16th, 2022.

Online volunteers needed!

Help orcas from your keyboard, right at home. We need help with simple data entry tasks to build our website database connecting orca enthusiasts with volunteer opportunities for salmon (PodMatch.org). We’re looking for volunteers to help enter events. Computer skills needed: basic use of the internet and copy and pasting. Whale Scout will provide training. Volunteer commitment: minimum of 30 mins every two weeks, on your own schedule. Please inquire about the opportunity by April 30th using this form: https://forms.gle/Va8MwjNbxqm2mVrb7

Earth Day Volunteering with Whale Scout

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. Those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult, under 18 need a signed release form by a parent. Please sign up so we can pass along all event details. A confirmation email will be sent to you 2-3 days prior to the event. Please note that we meet at Blyth Park and then walk to the work site.

Check out the other Earth Day volunteer events happening around Bothell-Kenmore here.