Southern Resident orcas spend a lot of their time in the winter and spring months off the coasts of Washington, Oregon, and California, foraging for their favorite prey – Chinook salmon - from the great salmon rivers of the West Coast. Sadly, these salmon populations have been declining since major settlem
Thanks support from the Jessica Rekos Foundation and from supporters like you, I was recently able to present our work to save endangered Southern Resident orcas at the 15th International Conference of the American Cetacean Society (ACS) in Monte
The recent comment period for dam operations in the Columbia Basin, the focus of our #MigrationNation campaign, has officially closed, and nearly 400,000 voices across the nation and the world spoke up to demand fair consideration of dam removal on the Lower Snake River. The Columbia Basin was once the
After a particularly difficult 2016, which included the loss of beloved matriarch Granny (J2), we are hopeful that 2017 will see some positive changes for the critically endangered Southern Resident orca population and some real progress towards their recovery.
In the United States, the first 100 days of a newly elected president’s term are thought to represent the new administration’s ability to reach their proposed targets. While largely symbolic rather than statutory, “the first 100 days” are closely watched by the media and their success measured by public approval ratings.
Granny was a living legend, famous at home and across the world; a matriarch and guiding light for critically endangered Southern Resident orcas. Researchers knew Granny as J2, the leader of the Southern Resident orca community, but she has been missing for months and now, sadly, the Center for Whale Research (CWR) recently announced that
For nearly two decades, national and regional conservation groups have gone to court to challenge plans from federal agencies regarding dam operations in the Columbia Basin. Five federal plans have been declared illegal by three different judges, because they failed to protect threatened a
The four Lower Snake River dams have impeded access to salmon's historic spawning grounds for decades.
As WDC's office in North America enjoys the Thanksgiving holiday season with family and friends, we would like to take some time to honor the members of the critically endangered Southern Resident orca community who were lost this year. Southern Resident orcas are incredibly social and family-oriented, and most offspring, both male and female, stay with or very close to their mother for their