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 whales.

Hawaii’s Fascinating, Lesser-Known, Endangered Whales – Robin Baird

Scientist Robin Baird from Cascadia Research Collective  joins the Whale Scout podcast as we dive deep into the waters of Hawaii to explore a different species of resident toothed-whales: False killer whales. Learn about their negative interactions with fisheries and what’s being done to protect them.

Learn more online and in this incredible book.

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 in permitting could make significant improvements for fish and orcas.

Want to learn more about this work? Watch Shorelines of Stone.

 

BOLD Guide to Helping Orcas in the 2019 Washington State Legislature

Beginning in January 2019, many of the recommendations from the Orca Task force will enter a new process in Olympia. Many recommendations need funding in order to be implemented, others need legislative approval. Your voice is needed in order for important measures to actually move forward to protect endangered Southern Resident killer whales and the salmon they depend on. Read the handy, simplified guide created by the BOLD team and learn how to contact your representatives. The orcas can’t wait, so act today!

BOLD team: Cindy Hansen, Orca Network, Susan Marie Andersson, Salish SEA, Monika Wieland-Shields, Orca Behavior Institute, Whitney Neugebauer, Whale Scout.

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 does Giles copes with the devastating losses suffered by the whales this past summer.

Giles also holds positions with Wild Orca, Conservation Canines, Friday Harbor Labs, and serves on the Orca Task Force’s Prey and Vessels working groups.

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 Force move in the right direction to benefit the whales? Find out in the podcast!

Learn more:

Governor Inslee’s proposed budget announcement

Executive Director Whitney Neugebauer discusses the details of Inslee’s budget proposal on the Canadian Skaana podcast

Final Orca Task Force Report