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 firstname.lastname@example.org to add your event to the calendar.
All non-essential activities in the Northwest are shut down for the foreseeable future due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak, and while we certainly hope that the current situation will change for the better by June, there’s a chance it won’t.
Along with the health of the Southern Residents, the health of all those who love them and our community are our top priority. We are monitoring and following the relevant local, state, and federal COVID-19 regulations and guidance as we make decisions regarding our May 31st Seattle kick off event.
We will do the same for each activity in all cities, states, and provinces observing Orca Month as we make decisions regarding all other Orca Month activities.
We will be sure to post any updates if any of the Orca Action Month events need to be adjusted. We are preparing a contingency plan if we cannot offer in-person events like the kickoff festival, pint nights, presentations, beach cleanups, kayak tours, and more.
Stay tuned, and we hope you are staying healthy, strong and safe!
2020 Washington Events
1PM – 5PM
Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle
The Orca Action Month Kick Off Festival will feature music performances, DJ’s, art projects, fun orca activities, food, drinks, beer garden, educational orca booths, hands on experiences and so much more!
Bring your family and friends down to the Olympic Sculpture Park Sunday for some fun in the sun and learn how you can take action to help save our Southern Resident orcas.
FREE – FAMILY FRIENDLY – COMMUNITY EVENT
TBA – check back soon!
Orca Month is a chance to celebrate one of our region’s most iconic wildlife species, but also an opportunity to reflect on the plight of these fragile creatures.
Only 72 Southern Resident orcas remain, and the survival of each orca is vital for this critically endangered community’s future.
We hope you’ll join us for events all month long this June throughout Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia to learn how to protect this critically endangered community.
Want to be involved with the Orca Action Month Kick Off Festival? Email email@example.com
Orcas Love Rain Gardens Maintenance Work Party
June 3, 4, 9AM – 1PM
June 5, 10AM – 2PM
June 8, 11AM – 3PM
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 7, 10AM – 5PM
Foss Waterway Seaport
Killer Whales Tails
June 13 1PM
NW Stream Center, Everett
Port Townsend Orca & Salmon Festival
Summer Kick Off and Beach Party! Celebrating the iconic species of the Salish Sea: Orca & Salmon.
June 13, 11AM – 5PM
We Are Puget Sound
June 13th, 7PM
Village Books, Bellingham
June 20, 7PM
Lime Kiln State Park, San Juan Island
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 27-28, 9:30AM – 5PM
2019 Oregon Events
Orcas of Oregon talk
Habitat Restoration Event
Hour for the Oceans Beach Clean Up
Orca Month Pint Night
Orcas of Oregon talk
World Oceans Day
2019 British Columbia Events
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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!