Photo above of J27 (Blackberry) by Sharon Grace, taken from shore 8/26/15.
Contaminants higher in resident 'blackmouth' Chinook
Many of Puget Sound's chinook salmon spend their entire lives in local waters and don't migrate to the open ocean. These fish tend to collect more contaminants in their bodies because of the sound's relatively high levels of pollution.
Federal Judge Demands Real Action to Save Columbia Basin Salmon, a Win for Orcas
Giulia C.S. Good Stefani's Blog - NRDC. May 6, 2016
In a monumental win, an Oregon Federal Judge ruled this week that the Columbia and Snake River hydroelectric dams, powerhouses, and associated reservoirs illegally jeopardize the survival of 13 salmon species. And the government’s proposed mitigation—predominately focused on habitat restoration—is too uncertain in a hot climate to reduce the harm caused by the dams.
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Orca Lost: Remembering Rhapsody
Giulia C.S. Good Stefani's Blog - NRDC. December 4, 2015
This month marks the one-year anniversary of Rhapsody's death. This year also marks the ten-year anniversary of the government's decision to protect these iconic species under the Endangered Species Act. Ten years from now, how many orcas will be left? How many whales will we see breaching above the waters of Puget Sound? Rhapsody embodied the joy and magnificence of the natural world. Her warning to us: we must act now.
Read this entire thoughtful blog post here...
Study: Boaters can help orcas by slowing down
Seattle Times December 5, 2015
A new University of Washington study of underwater noise finds that killer whales are bothered more by a fast boat than a large one or by a number of them in close proximity.
Seattle Times article here
Link to journal article here
Birth of New Calf Celebrated by New Orca Salmon Alliance
WDC joins newly formed Alliance to recover the highly endangered Southern Resident orcas.
Amidst the celebration of the birth of a new calf to the Southern Resident orca community comes more encouraging news for this endangered population: a consortium of local, national and international organizations has come together to form a high-profile alliance to support the recovery of the Southern Resident population and the Chinook Salmon upon which they depend.
Southern Resident Orcas Too Magnificent to Lose
By: Giulia C.S. Good Stefani
The Southern Resident orcas are dying. NOAA identified them on a short list of species most likely to go extinct unless we take drastic action. Losing the Southern Resident orcas forever would be unforgivable. Because it is not too late to save them.
The Orca – Salmon Connection: It’s Time to Remove 4 Snake River Dams
By: Ben Enticknap
The Columbia, the Snake and their many tributaries once supported 10 to 16 million salmon and steelhead each year that would return from the open Pacific Ocean to spawn in their natal streams.
Save Money, Save Salmon, Save Mike: Free the Snake
By Steve Hawley - Patagonia: The Cleanest Line
Meet Mike. He’s 21 years old, 20 feet long, weighs about 10,000 pounds. He speaks a language that was taught to him by his elders: a series of squeaks, clicks and squeals that allow him to coordinate hunting strategies with his clan. His species is the apex predator in the eastern Pacific. He also babysits...
What are Animals Thinking? Author Carl Safina Discusses
With Dana Gee
Interview with Carl Safina about his latest book "Beyond Words" focuses on animal cognition: What are they thinking? What are they feeling?
Click here to listen...
Those Dammed Salmon -- Set them Free!
By Leda Huta - Huffington Post (Part 3 or 3)
There was a time when talking about dam removal was something that mainstream conservationists would do only behind closed doors. It seemed too big, too "out there."
But as economics, science, and data have overwhelmingly shown us recently, there are a lot of dams that are obsolete today, and yes, even harmful...
We Need Our Mighty Rivers to Save Salmon...And Whales
By Leda Huta - Huffington Post (Part 2 or 3)
(Part 1 or 3)Salmon are amazing connectors; they connect to more than 190 plants and animals. So when salmon go missing, it's like the life of the party has suddenly disappeared--everyone feels it. It may not surprise you to learn that salmon are an important food for orcas, sharks, sea lions, seals, otters, and bears.
Hungry, Hungry Whales
By Leda Huta - Huffington Post (Part 1 or 3)
Orcas can be found in oceans across the world. Though they're beloved, the orcas that live off our U.S. Pacific coastline -- the Southern Resident Killer Whales -- are endangered. How can that be? Good question...