For 12 years, June has been proclaimed Orca Awareness Month by the Governor of Washington — and for the first time in 2016 Orca Awareness Month was celebrated in Oregon and in British Columbia as well! Explore other events and photos on twitter with #orcamonth.
Orca Month is open to everyone and anyone, and provides all of us a great opportunity to connect with our local communities and educate people about the Southern Resident orcas. Providing opportunities to learn about orcas inspires and engages people to take action to help protect and recover these beautiful, intelligent creatures. Whether you are a community restoration group, a science center, a nonprofit organization, or state agency, we hope you will participate in Orca Month 2018 by organizing something in your community. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Throughout June – Pop-up Orca Presentations by Ferry Naturalist Program
Various ferry routes and times, Washington State Ferries
Friday, June 1 to Saturday, June 30 – Orca Book Display
During library hours at the Main Downtown, Esquimalt and Tillicum branches of Greater Victoria Public Library in Victoria, BC
Saturday, June 2 to Saturday, June 30 – Salish Sea Art Show
7 am – 5 pm at Caffe Misto in Victoria, BC
Saturday, June 2 – Orca Month Art and Authors Walk
5 – 7 pm in Langley, WA
Saturday, June 9 – Hour For The Ocean Beach Cleanup – Washington
10 am – 12 pm at various locations around the Salish Sea
Celebrate World Ocean’s Day by spending one our helping our ocean! Join a beach cleanup near you at various locations around the Salish Sea! Whale Scout will host an event at Alki Beach and Orca Network will have sites on Whidbey Island and San Juan Island.
RSVP on Facebook!
Sunday, June 10 – Ocean Listening Booth Opening and Dedication
11 am – 5 pm, with Special Event at 3 pm, Langley Whale Center, Langley, WA
Friday, June 15 – Toki’s Journey Home
A presentation and update about Lolita/Tokitae by Howard Garrett
5:30 pm at the Langley Whale Center in Langley, WA
Saturday, June 16 – Renew Orca Awareness Day with Eileen Fisher
11 am – 1 pm at the Eileen Fisher Renew Store in Columbia City, Seattle, WA
* For the week of June 10 – June 16, visit the Eileen Fisher Renew Store when 10% of proceeds benefit Orca Awareness Month. Buy a limited edition screen printed Eileen Fisher Orca Tee!
Saturday, June 16 – Stand Up For Lolita
12 pm at Pier 56 in Seattle, WA
RSVP on Facebook!
Saturday, June 16 – Beach Walk For Lolita-Tokitae
Noon – 2 pm on Willows Beach in Oak Bay Municipality, BC
Meet at east side of Cattle Point, at top of steps to Willows Beach
Saturday, June 16 – Orca Fin Hat Making For Kids
12 – 1 pm at the Greater Victoria Public Library – Central Branch in Victoria, BC
Saturday, June 23 – Plastics In The Ocean
9 am – 12 pm at the Oak Bay Green Committee Recycling Depot, Carnarvon Park, Henderson Road in Victoria, BC
Saturday, June 23 – Kids for Orcas
3 – 7pm at the Langley Whale Center in Langley, WA
*Featured Event* Sunday, June 4th – Orca Month Kick-Off and Tribute to Granny J2
View photos from the event here!
Sunday, May 28th – Orca Month Proclamation
Thursday, June 1st – Green Drinks
Thursday, June 1st – “The Unknown Sea” Film Screening
Saturday, June 3rd – Whales In Your Neighborhood
Saturday, June 3rd – The Day of the Orca
Sunday June 4th – Vancouver Festival of Ocean Films
Friday, June 9th – NOAA Open House
Saturday, June 10th – Orcas In Our Midst Workshop
Saturday, June 10th – Hour For The Ocean: Beach Clean Up
Saturday, June 10th – Orca Hat Craft
Tuesday, June 13th – Orcas Love Raingardens
Wednesday, June 14th – Pub Talk
Wednesday, June 14th – Marine Evening
Saturday, June 17th – Orca Celebration and Action Day
Saturday, June 17th – Fernfest
Saturday, June 17th – Orca Awareness Month
Tuesday, June 20th – Retire Lolita demonstration
Thursday, June 22nd – Active Oceans: How the ECHO Program is working to reduce the impact of vessel traffic on whales in the Salish Sea”
Saturday, June 24th – Orca Sing
Saturday, June 24th & Sunday, June 25th – Orca Awareness Celebration
Saturday, June 24th – Port Townsend Orca Fest – Summer Kick Off
Saturday, June 24th – World Oceans Day
Sunday, June 25th – Two If By Land, One If By Sea: Oil Transport Threatens The Salish Sea – Outdoor Family Event
See photos from the event here!
Wednesday, June 28th – Our Toxic Orcas
Orca Spotting – Around The Salish Sea
Throughout the year, especially on warm summer days, you might spot a pod of Southern Resident orcas. If you happen to be boating, please follow the BeWhaleWise.org regulations and guidelines, and stay at least 200 yards from the orcas. Visit Orca Network’s Sighting Page to find recent sightings or post your report and share photos!