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.

Washington Events


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Orca Action Month Kickoff Festival

Hungry for Change
June 2
1PM – 5PM

PACCAR Pavilion in the Olympic Sculpture Park
Join the Orca Salmon Alliance at the Orca Action Month Kick Off Festival to officially start Orca Action Month with a free, family-friendly festival!

FEATURING
DJ sets by Pezzner, KEXP DJ Michele Myers (KEXP) and DJ Baloogz
Live performances by Dana Lyons, Rise for the Orca Tour
Mike the Inflatable Orca – take a photo with Mike!
Orca Sound Station – create sounds of the sea!
Orca Selfie Station
Orca Storytelling
Orca Chats with Simone Del Rosario of Q13 and Dr. Deborah Giles of Wild Orca
Welcome and blessing by Duwamish Tribal Council Chairwoman Cecile Hansen
Beer Garden
Orca Action Month Poster Contest
Button Making Station
Kids Storytime
Whale of a Time Pun Off
Whale Origami Station
Clam Chowder provided by Ivars
Ice cream provided by Snoqualmie Ice cream
Orca Salmon Alliance Stations – stop by each booth for educational resources and fun activities!

RSVP on Facebook for a chance to win a swag bag of orca goodies!


Orca Action Month Poster Contest
Design a poster for Orca Action Month! 
Contest open June 1 – June 30
Enter on orcamonth.com


Helpin’ Out Orcas in Bothell’s Urban Forest
Restore salmon habitat for orcas at Bothell’s largest urban forest!
June 1, 10am – 1pm
North Creek Forest, Bothell


Orca Action Month Sea Kayak Tours
Go kayaking in Elliott Bay and learn about orcas while on the water!
June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 10AM – 1PM
Alki Kayak Tours, West Seattle


Dammed to Extinction Film Screenings
A story orca scientists, local citizens, tribal members, and others who have been working to protect orca by restoring the salmon they depend on and the dams that have contributed to the demise of both of these iconic species.
June 7, 5:30 – 8:00PM
The Mountaineers, 7700 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115
June 11, 6 – 8PM
Vashon Theater, 17723 Vashon Highway SW, Vashon, WA 98070
June 14, 6 – 8PM
Agnus Dei Lutheran Church, 10511 Peacock Hill Ave NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98332
June 20, 7 – 9PM
Backcountry Essentials, 214 W Holly St, Bellingham, WA 98225


Yachts of Fun
Fun boating and water safety activities for families
June 8, 11AM – 2PM
Fort Casey State Park, Whidbey Island


Human Orca Mural
Join us to create a human orca mural in solidarity for orcas and salmon! Wear black and/or bring a black umbrella.
June 8, 2PM
Waterfront Park, Bainbridge Island


Ocean Fest Tacoma
Celebrate the ocean and learn how to protect it through arts, science and water fun in a free festival on Tacoma’s waterfront.
June 9, 10AM – 5PM
Foss Waterway Seaport


Whales in Your Neighborhood
Meet with local experts at various WA and OR beaches to also help whales by participating in a beach cleanup.
June 9
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Lincoln Park, West Seattle (with Whale Scout)
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Locust Beach, Bellingham (with Students for the Salish Sea)
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Bayview State Park, Mount Vernon (with Orca Network)
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Double Bluff, Whidbey Island (with Orca Network)
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Point No Point, Hansville (with Orca Network)
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Edmonds Marina Beach Park, Edmonds (with Whale Scout)
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Fort Flagler State Historical Park, Nordland (with Whale Scout)
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Fay Bainbridge Park, Bainbridge Island (with Whale Scout)
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Owen Beach, Tacoma (with Whale Scout)
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Chambers Creek Regional Park (meet at pedestrian overpass), University Place (with Whale Scout)
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Three Tree Point, Burien (with Whale Scout)
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Westside Preserve, San Juan Island (with Whale Scout)


Whale Talk with Dr. Holly Fearnbach
Join us for an evening with Dr. Holly Fearnbach, SR3’s marine mammal research director, who will talk about her health-assessment work on Southern Resident killer whales, and that of other cetacean health projects around the world. Refreshments will be served at this free event.
June 9, Doors: 7 PM, Event: 7:30 PM
Patagonia Seattle – 2100 1st Ave. Seattle, WA 98121


Clean Streams & Green Drinks Soiree
What do our wild salmon, orca, and sustainable food systems have in common? Join us at Green Drinks to find out!
June 11, 5:30 – 8:30PM
Mt. Baker Rowing & Sailing Center, Seattle


Transit Trivia Night 
in partnership with Ride Transit Month
Learn about the benefits of riding transit and how you help orcas when you ride the bus! 
June 12, 5:30 – 8:30 PM
Gamma Ray Games, Seattle


Salish Splash
Plunge into the Salish Sea to celebrate the historic progress made on orca recovery this legislative session! 
June 13
Seattle, 11AM – 1PM
Tacoma, 4-5PM
Bellingham, 5:30-7PM
San Juan Island, 5-7PM


Lummi Totem Pole Journey
The Lummi Nation invites your participation in a gathering dedicated to the vision of Qwe lhol mechen, the Lummi word for killer whale which translates to “our people that live under the sea”. It is part of our Xa Xalh Xechnging (“sacred obligation”) to bring home from Miami Seaquarium the captive killer whale Tokitae and return her to her family.
June 12, 5:30 – 7:30PM
4224 Marine View Dr, Tacoma
June 13, 6 – 8PM
121 Prospect St, Bellingham
June 14, 5 – 7PM
Coupeville Town Park, Whidbey Island
June 15, 1 – 3PM 
Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle


Port Townsend Orca & Salmon Festival
Summer Kick Off and Beach Party! Celebrating the iconic species of the Salish Sea: Orca & Salmon.
June 15, 11AM – 5PM
Port Townsend


Orca Celebration & Whale Trail Sign Dedication
Join us at a new Whale Trail sign dedication to promote shore based whale watching.
June 21, 1 – 3PM
Richmond Beach Saltwater Park, Shoreline


Spotlight on Local Authors at Langley Whale Center
Meet authors who share their passion for whales and the environment through their talented writing.
June 22, 12 – 5PM
Langley Whale Center


Seattle Aquarium Orca Awareness Celebration
Learn about orcas with hands-on activities all weekend, as well as live interviews with orca researchers and experts.
June 22-23, 9:30AM – 5PM
Seattle Aquarium


Orca Sing
Gather for an evening of music at Lime Kiln Point State Park to honor the Southern Resident orcas! Featuring performances from Fred West and Seattle’s City Cantabile Choir. While there is no guarantee, we hope that the orca whales will grace us with a pass-by!
June 22, 7PM
Lime Kiln State Park, San Juan Island


Raffi Concert
Join us for a concert with Raffi, North America’s preeminent family entertainer, as he showcases songs from his new album.
June 22, 1PM & 4PM
Seattle


Kids for Orcas
June 28
Washington State Ferries


Lime Kiln Point Lighthouse 100th Anniversary
June 30
Lime Kiln State Park, San Juan Island


Beach Orca Art Project
Through June
Shoreline


Oregon Events



Orca Awareness Day
The American Cetacean Society Oregon Chapter is holding Orca Awareness Day at the Hatfield Marine Science Center. We will have a children’s table with activities and an information table and a featured speaker, Harry Reid, at 11:30am.
May 26, 10AM – 4PM
Hatfield Marine Science Center, Newport, OR


Tap Talks: Orcas of Oregon
Join Whale and Dolphin Conservation’s Colleen Weiler to learn more about what types of orcas share our coastal waters here in Oregon, and how Oregonians can help save one of the most endangered whale populations in the world.
June 4, 7 – 9PM
Block 15 Tap Room, Corvallis, OR


Artifishal Screening
The Southern Resident orcas need salmon to survive. The new documentary “Artifishal’ from Patagonia is about people, rivers, and the fight for the future of wild fish and the environment that supports them. It explores wild salmon’s slide toward extinction, threats posed by fish hatcheries and fish farms, and our continued loss of faith in nature.
June 5, 6 – 8PM
Rogue Brewer’s on the Bay, Newport, OR


Rebuilding Rivers for Orcas
Join WDC and the Lincoln County Soil and Water Conservation District to work on an ongoing salmon habitat restoration project at Sitka Spring Farm in Toledo, OR. Restoring salmon habitat and watershed health helps provide more salmon to
feed hungry orcas!
June 7, 10AM – 3:30PM
Long Prairie Creek, OR


World Oceans Day – Hour for the Ocean Beach Clean
Join WDC and Oregon Surfrider for a special Orca Action Month beach clean! To celebrate both World Oceans Day and Orca Month, we’re joining forces to make our beaches a better place for orcas, salmon, and everyone. Location TBD depending on the weather and amount of trash on the beach – either Agate Beach or Otter Rock.
June 9, 10AM – noon
Newport, OR – location TBD


Whales in Your Neighborhood
Meet with local experts at various WA and OR beaches to also help whales by participating in a beach cleanup.
June 9,10:00 AM
Otter Rock, Oregon with Whale and Dolphin Conservation


Lummi Totem Pole Journey
The Lummi Nation invites your participation in a gathering at Ecotrust in Portland dedicated to the vision of Qwe lhol mechen, the Lummi word for killer whale which translates to “our people that live under the sea”. It is part of our Xa Xalh Xechnging (“sacred obligation”) to bring home from Miami Seaquarium the captive killer whale Tokitae and return her to her family.
June 11, 6 – 7:30 PM
Ecotrust Building, Portland, OR


Beaver Creek Nursery Plant Work Party
Healthy orcas start with healthy food, and salmon need healthy habitat! Join WDC, MidCoast Watersheds Council, and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department at their Beaver Creek Native Plant Nursery in caring for native plants prior to their use in restoration projects across the Oregon Central Coast.
June 14
Beaver Creek


Pub Talk: Mysteries of Salmon in Marine Environments
There’s a lot we still don’t know about salmon when they’re living in the open ocean. A recent international research expedition tried to fill in some of the gaps, and came back to port with just as many new questions as answers. As a critical food source for endangered Southern Resident orcas, we need to save the salmon to save the orcas. And to save the salmon, we need to understand them. Join WDC and Defenders of Wildlife to learn about Pacific salmon from NOAA researcher Dr. Laurie Weitkamp.
June 19, 6 – 8:30PM
Lucky Lab Pub, Portland, OR


Yaquina Bay Naturalist Seminar
Join Whale and Dolphin Conservation’s Colleen Weiler to learn more about what types of orcas share our coastal waters here in Oregon, and how Oregonians can help save one of the most endangered whale populations in the world.
June 20
Newport, OR


Free Willy Movie Screening
Before there was Blackfish, there was Free Willy. In celebration of Orca Action Month, join international non-profit Whale and Dolphin Conservation at the Whiteside Theatre to revisit this classic ‘90s film and discover why it’s still relevant today.
June 22, 3PM
Whiteside Theatre, Corvallis, OR


Oregon Coast Aquarium World Oceans Day
Join WDC and Defenders of Wildlife to celebrate Orca Action Month and World Oceans Day 2019 at the Oregon Coast Aquarium!
June 29th, 10AM-4PM
Oregon Coast Aquarium, Newport, OR


British Columbia Events

Leading Roles: Parallels Between Female Southern Resident Killer Whales and Women Leaders
On June 4, join the Georgia Strait Alliance and an all-female panel of experts in a community discussion on the unique parallels between female Southern Residents and women in our society.
June 4, 7:30 PM
Sunset Labs, Victoria, BC


Orca Songs Celebration and Commemoration
Join us for an afternoon of music and creativity. Parade starts at the Driftwood Parking lot. We will gather at Port Browning Harbour on the beach.
June 22, 2PM
Port Browning Harbour, Pender Island, BC


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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