Saturday, October 19th
Event duration: 11:00am-3:00pm
(Please arrive on time to be welcomed by a tribal representative and stay for lunch/snacks plus updates from local researchers and representatives who will share the latest news about the SRKWs as well as additional programs aimed to increase their chances of survival).
Location: Cattle Point Interpretative Area (day-use parking lot), San Juan Island
The Southern Resident Killer Whales that call Puget Sound home are critically endangered. In the past few months alone, two of our local orcas died from a combination of malnutrition, polluted waters, and stress from local boat traffic. The local population is down to only 73 orcas. By creating important species habitat that provides a food source and clean waters, we can act now to save the most iconic species of the Pacific Northwest.
Please join us and WA State Department of Natural Resources for Orca Recovery Day on October 19th! Our aim is to enhance the marine riparian zone at Cattle Point Natural Resources Conservation Area by removing invasive plant species and replacing them with native grasses and wildflowers, because orcas need land too! Our restoration efforts will provide better habitat for salmon whom the SRKWs depend on. Creating healthy shoreline habitat will support more robust insect populations that feed fish such as out migrating endangered Puget Sound Chinook salmon, which increases their survival so more will return as pray for the orcas.
Over 40 Orca Recovery Day events will be happening simultaneously lead by regional Conservation Districts (from Northern California to British Columbia) and joined by dozens of non-profits, tribes, and local and state agencies. ORD will engage thousands of people in ACTIONS that improve conditions for our local Orca. Come out and support them in this restoration project with your community members!
Please visit: http://betterground.org/ord/ to see what other types of events will be happening on this day.
If you are interested in attending this event, please click the button below to register. We will contact you via email with driving directions and other event details.