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 Month Webinar – Orcas Inspire Us
June 1, 4PM – 5PM
Ken Balcomb from the Center for Whale Research will discuss the history of Orca Survey from the 1970s to present. Howard Garrett and Susan Berta from Orca Network will discuss the history and inspiration of Orca Month. The webinar includes an opportunity for questions to the panelists.

Please pre-register at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_j9DsD-0IQ2SfhwHW5yS77A


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


Concert with Dana Lyons
June 7, 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 Webinar – Our Orcas Live in Toxic Waters
June 8, 4PM – 5:30PM
Join us for a panel discussion about contaminants in Southern Resident orcas and how we can all do our part to reduce toxic pollution.

Speakers include:
Teresa Mongillo – NOAA
Alyssa Barton – Puget Soundkeeper
Nancy Uding – Toxic Free Future
Mindy Roberts – Washington Environmental Council

Please pre-register at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_S_ZSxlMkTeaisq8OSb2ZMg


Orca Month Virtual Cleanup
June 8, all day

On World Ocean’s Day, help us protect marine life from harmful debris by picking up trash in your neighborhood, on the water, or at your favorite beach. Take a selfie or a picture of the trash you collect and post to Instagram or Facebook tagging @OrcaMonth.

Then, join Puget Soundkeeper and the Whale and Dolphin Conservation team at 12:30PM LIVE on Orca Month’s Instagram to learn about marine debris and how it affects the health of our Southern Resident orcas.


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 Webinar – Our Orcas Live in Noisy Waters
June 15

More details soon!


Orca Month Webinar – Our Orcas are Hungry
June 22

More details soon!


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.


Orca Action Month Happy Hour with Fort George Brewery 
June 5, 7PM – 8PM

Grab a happy beverage of your choice and join our Jessica Rekos Fellow, Colleen Weiler, as she chats with the founder of Fort George Brewery, Jack Harris, about their rockstar sustainability manager! Colleen and Jack will talk about how he convinced the city of Astoria to start a compost program, how life at the “bottom of the Columbia” inspires Jack to be a good river steward, and how much he misses their employee bike program.


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.


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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