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11/05/2018: "Puget Sound Orca Recovery Day Saturday"


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On Saturday, November 10 there will be a first-ever region wide day of action to connect people to Puget Sound, the critically endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales, and the work that is needed to do to save them.

Sat, Nov 10th, rain or shine, so prepare activities for inclement weather San Juan Island, Jackson Beach Friday Harbor.


The Southern Resident Killer Whale “happeings” will include several concurrent hands on projects, educational activities, and speaker series:

• beach clean-up to remove pollutants from the marine food chain
• demonstrations on non-fossil fuel clean energy options that can help you make the shift away from carbon and/or hydro-electric power
• familiarize yourself with native landscaping, rain gardens and other simple things you can do at home to reduce the toxicity of stormwater pollution
• learn about alternative, Orca friendly, whale site-seeing recommendations
• hear about Coast Salish canoe culture promoting healthy waterways from Samish tribal member Sam Barr

What is the Puget Sound Orca Recovery Day?
Ten Conservation Districts across the Puget Sound will host restoration events that address two of the primary causes of Orca whale decline: malnutrition due to salmon scarcity and increasing water pollution. Events will include salmon stream restoration plantings, rain garden installations, and marine shoreline restoration. Each event will also feature educational programming to inspire participants with ideas of what they can do every day to help orca recovery.

Why: 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 74 orcas. We must act now if we're going to save the most iconic species of the Pacific Northwest and it will take people from across the region joining in to do so.

Puget Sound Conservation Districts are proud to provide folks around the region the chance to take action on this critical issue.

Ten conservation districts across the Puget Sound will host restoration events that address two of the primary causes of orca whale decline: malnutrition due to salmon scarcity and increasing water pollution.

Volunteer events state wide will include salmon stream restoration plantings, rain garden installations, and marine shoreline restoration. Each event also will feature educational programming to inspire participants with ideas of what they can do every day to help orca recovery. These events are family-friendly and designed for everyday people to volunteer in their local community to address the known factors that directly impact the health of our local orca whale population.

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