Events

For 13 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! 

Are you a community group, a science center, a nonprofit organization, or state agency hosting an event around orcas during June? Email rein@wecprotects.org to add your event to the calendar.

Scroll down to see the 2020 Orca Action Month events happening in Washington and Oregon.

COVID-19 UPDATE 

Along with the health of the Southern Residents, the health of our community is our top priority. We’ve been monitoring the relevant local, state, and federal COVID-19 regulations and guidance as we make decisions regarding Orca Month, traditionally held during June.

Given the current regulations in place we’ve decided to move this June’s Orca Action Month to a virtual format. We’ll work hard to bring you 30 days of Southern Resident orca recovery and support from a safe distance. Kind of like how we keep our distance from the orcas to help them stay safe!

Tune into our Facebook Page and Instagram Account for daily actions and #orcalove

The “Orca Action Month Kick off Festival” has been rescheduled to Sunday, September 27th and will be renamed “Fin Fest” this year in an effort to highlight the important relationship of orcas and the salmon they need to survive. The festival will still take place at the Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park. We will be incorporating any needed protocols to align with the state’s regulations on social distancing in order to help protect the health of our communities.

We will continue to update the events on the Orca Month event page and Facebook page with any rescheduled or new virtual events so please keep checking back often! We hope you will join us online in June and in person in September to celebrate and educate for the recovery of the Southern Resident orcas.

– The Orca Salmon Alliance

 

2020 Washington Events


We Are Puget Sound Poster Contest
May 11 – June 12
We Are Puget Sound and the King County Library system are teaming up to host a poster contest!  Winners will be announced June 26. All nine winners will receive a free copy of the We Are Puget Sound book and their artwork will be used and promoted in the coming year through the campaign. Let’s unleash our creative and artistic mind and soul!

Find more info and how to submit at wearepugetsound.org


Orca Story Time!
June 5, 12, 19, & 26, 11AM

Get the kids and join us online for our Orca Month Orca Story Time Series! Listen and watch as members of the Orca Salmon Alliance read aloud kids books that involve or relate to the orcas each Friday at 11am. It’s a “swell” time for the whole family!

Please pre-register at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_1XIegXzNS1CdfIn1SXZz_g


Orca Conservation Kit Delivered to Your Door for Free!
June 7 – June 17
While we stay safe at home, there are still so many ways to help recover endangered orcas. Whale Scout is offering FREE Orca Conservation Kits safely delivered right to your door celebrating Orca Action Month. Kits include native shrubs to plant in your yard and information and activities connecting these plants to salmon and orcas for the whole family – all in a reusable shopping bag!

To learn more and request a kit by June 17, please visit www.whalescout.org to fill out the request form. Deliveries will be made June 22 – 26.


Show Love for Orcas
June 8 – June 14
🔎 Monday – See how the special markings on orcas make them unique.
https://dawnpub.com/activities/GRANY-Whos-Who.pdff
🔥 Tuesday – Experiment to find out how orcas keep warm in the cold water.
https://www.stevespanglerscience.com/lab/experiments/blubber-gloves/
💬 Wednesday – Tell a story about orcas.
http://www.orcanetwork.org/Main/PDF/how.pdf
🎵 Thursday – Practice using echolocation.
https://acousticalsolutions.com/back-to-school-sound-experiments-for-kids/
🌊Friday – Make a wave in a bottle and decorate it with orcas.
https://www.kidspot.com.au/things-to-do/activity-articles/wave-in-a-bottle-experiment/news-story/24a29605002a9e0dd59eabcc5780d3b4
🧠 Saturday – Show off your orca knowledge.
https://www.wetsciencecenter.org/rediscovering-science/


Concert with Dana Lyons
June 14, 4PM – 4:30PM
Join us for a free Sunday evening concert with Dana Lyons, an orca advocate and great musician. Dana will be performing a live stream from his home studio to help celebrate Orca Month. The concert will be free for all to enjoy on the Orca Month Facebook page.


Orca Month Book Club
June 14
Celebrating virtual Orca Month, join the Orca Month Book Club! Read three great orca books: Orca, The Whale Called Killer by Erich Hoyt, Listening to Whales, What the Orcas Have Taught Us by Alexandra Morton, and Endangered Orcas: The Story of the Southern Residents by Monika Wieland Shields. To jump start your reading, Colleen Weiler of Whale and Dolphin Conservation and Whitney Neugebauer of Whale Scout interview the authors. Join us each Sunday in June for a new discussion.


Orca Month Webinar – Our Orcas Live in Noisy Waters
June 15, 4PM – 5:30PM

Please join us for a discussion on shipping traffic in the Salish Sea with Scott Veirs from OrcaSound. Additional speakers and topics to be announced soon.

Please pre-register at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_1gvG2sMhRR6jbnXI9ncN_Q


Kids for Orcas – Free Online Youth Lesson
June 17, 3PM – 4:30PM
We will learn about orcas with Cindy Hansen, Orca Network Education Director. Katie Watkins will have a simple activity to share using items found at home. Check this page soon for supplies needed or email wendylsines@gmail.com. PLEASE NOTE: you must register to join, and the lessons will be recorded to share with others. You have the option to not have your child’s video or audio turned on.

Please pre-register at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcudOygrTgoGdxI-L5aTg0gAXRlDnhrnzdW


Orca Month Book Club
June 21

Celebrating virtual Orca Month, join the Orca Month Book Club! Read three great orca books: Orca, The Whale Called Killer by Erich Hoyt, Listening to Whales, What the Orcas Have Taught Us by Alexandra Morton, and Endangered Orcas: The Story of the Southern Residents by Monika Wieland Shields. To jump start your reading, Colleen Weiler of Whale and Dolphin Conservation and Whitney Neugebauer of Whale Scout interview the authors. Join us each Sunday in June for a new discussion.


Orca Month Webinar – Our Orcas are Hungry
June 22, 4PM – 5:30PM

Please join us for a discussion about the intertwined fates of Southern Resident orcas and salmon. Speakers include Dr. Deborah Giles from Wild Orca and Conservation Canines, and Monika Wieland Shields from the Orca Behavior Institute.

Please pre-register at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_M346bPfNSYacTdBgoHcJAQ


Concert with Dana Lyons
June 28, 4PM – 4:30PM
Join us for a free Sunday evening concert with Dana Lyons, an orca advocate and great musician. Dana will be performing a live stream from his home studio to help celebrate Orca Month. The concert will be free for all to enjoy on the Orca Month Facebook page.


Orca Month Book Club
June 28
Discussion between Colleen and Whitney about all three books!

Celebrating virtual Orca Month, join the Orca Month Book Club! Read three great orca books: Orca, The Whale Called Killer by Erich Hoyt, Listening to Whales, What the Orcas Have Taught Us by Alexandra Morton, and Endangered Orcas: The Story of the Southern Residents by Monika Wieland Shields.


Orca Month Webinar – Spyhoppy Hour
June 29

More details soon!


Ocean Fest Tacoma
Sept 12 – 13, 10AM – 5PM at Foss Waterway Seaport
Celebrate the ocean and learn how to protect it through arts, science, and water fun during this free festival on Tacoma’s waterfront.


Seattle Aquarium Orca Awareness Celebration
Oct 10 – 11, 9:30AM – 5PM at Seattle Aquarium
Learn about orcas with hands-on activities all weekend, as well as live interviews with orca researchers and experts.


2020 Oregon Events


Whale Craft Wednesdays
June 3 – June 24, every Wednesday 

Put the “reuse” part of reduce, reuse, recycle to work with these whale-y creative crafts that will show off your love for orcas and get you excited to jump into action during Orca Action Month!


Salmon School Saturdays
June 6 – June 27, every Saturday

Grab your quarantine buddies – or your neighborhood friends at a safe distance – and put some whales in your weekend by joining us for Salmon School Saturdays! These fun games will get your creative juices flowing and boost your salmon expertise. And we all know that Orca Action Month means action for salmon, too, so we’re excited to highlight our favorite orca food with these weekend activities.


Catching up with Conservation Canines
June 12, 7PM – 8PM
Two of our favorite things are dogs and orcas so we are so excited to combine those two in this fun event during Orca Action Month. We’ll be talking with our favorite orca researcher, Dr. Giles, about our favorite orca-poo-sniffing pup, Eba! How does a dog become a Conservation Canine? How did Dr. Giles know Eba had the right skills? And why is orca poop so important, anyway? Join us to hear the answers to all these questions, plus what Giles is looking forward to during her upcoming field season, and what she hopes to see for the Southern Resident orcas this year.


Orca Action Month Happy Hour with Hopworks Urban Brewery
June 19, 7PM – 8PM
Join us for our second Orca Action Month Happy Hour chat! This time, we travel up the Columbia River to the beautiful city of Portland, nestled between the Columbia and one of its major tributaries, the Willamette River. Our Jessica Rekos Fellow, Colleen Weiler, is joined by Christian Ettinger, founder of Hopworks Urban Brewery. Colleen and Christian will talk about how water should be honored and respected as the source of beer (and life), what it means to be “Salmon-Safe” for buildings, farms, and beers, and how Christian shakes things up as a youngster on the Salmon-Safe Board.


2020 B.C. Events


Orca Action Month Bingo
June 1 – June 25
From June 1-25,2020 complete the activities in as many squares as you can. Each
Square will earn you one entry into the prize draw. Some squares will earn you Bonus
Entries. To be Entered into the prize draw, Post a photo of yourself doing the activity
on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook and tag @GeorgiaStraitBC, or send a photo of
yourself doing the activity to tessa@georgiastrait.org. The Prize Winner will be
drawn on June 30,2020.


Orca Action Month Community Coffee Break
June 26, 1:30PM
We will host a Community Coffee Break all about orcas. It will be an opportunity to connect with Georgia Strait Alliance supporters from around the region and beyond, to celebrate Orca Action Month, and chat about issues and solutions related to protecting Southern Resident 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!


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