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Senate Leaders Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Save the North Atlantic Right Whale

Senate Leaders Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Save the North Atlantic Right Whale

After a deadly summer for North Atlantic right whales, Senators Booker (D-NJ), Isakson (R-GA) and...
The Summer of Scylla

The Summer of Scylla

You know how every once in awhile, you meet someone and you just click? You...
New beaked whale species discovered in Japan

New beaked whale species discovered in Japan

A new species of beaked whale who lives in the North Pacific has been identified...
Preparations continue for release of beluga whales into sanctuary bay

Preparations continue for release of beluga whales into sanctuary bay

Little Grey and Little White continue to do well and have settled into their temporary...
Southern Resident Orca Scat Project: update from the field

Southern Resident Orca Scat Project: update from the field

Dr. Giles, a scientist with the Orca Scat Project, and CK9 Eba on the scent...
Three Southern Resident orcas declared dead

Three Southern Resident orcas declared dead

The devastating news came late on Tuesday night – three more Southern Resident orcas lost,...
A Beautiful Coincidence: WDC partners with fan club dedicated to BTS RM

A Beautiful Coincidence: WDC partners with fan club dedicated to BTS RM

I’m not sure if I believe in fate or coincidences, but in early April, all...
We <3 Whale Poop: WDC providing support for Orca Scat Project

We <3 Whale Poop: WDC providing support for Orca Scat Project

San Juan Island, Washington. July 22, 2019: Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) is thrilled to...

WDC Petitions – what you do matters!

There are a lot of petitions on the web these days – quite a few on our own website – focusing on many different topics.  It can be hard to keep up with all of them, and sometimes you might not know what happens after you add your name, or even if it matters that you did.  When you sign a WDC petition, your name and support really makes a difference.  If you’ve been following our “Don’t Let Orcas Be Dammed” campaign, you know that we are supporting PacifiCorp’s commitment to taking down four dams on the Klamath River – a plan that is only waiting on Federal approval to move forward, so we are copying Congress in on our Letter of Support to show them how important this issue is.

Earlier this month, I met with Senator Ron Wyden’s staff (D, Oregon) to let them know that WDC and our supporters do NOT want Orcas to be Dammed to extinction, and that Congress needs to pass the Klamath Basin Water Recovery and Economic Restoration Act of 2015 (S.133) and approve the removal of the Klamath River dams.  As the main sponsor of the bill, Senator Wyden already supports its passage, but the connection to orcas and the consideration of ecosystem-wide effects was a new and intriguing viewpoint in support of the bill. 

I didn’t go to this meeting alone – thousands of you joined me as petition signers.  As we flipped through a binder full of signatures, Wyden’s staff was blown away by the level of support and the passion behind it.  They saw that these orcas have a regional, national, and global resonance – people all over the world are connected to this unique community and do not want to see them go extinct.  People from all over – Australia, Germany, Uruguay, South Africa, Norway, Ohio, Texas, right here in the Pacific Northwest and in many more countries – all care deeply about the Southern Residents and want to help them.  Congress realizes that the world is watching them on this issue, and we want them to make the right decision and let those dams come down.

A huge thank you to all who have signed our Letter of Support so far – we’re not done yet!  After a first submission to PacifiCorp and Congress in December of 2014 and this update to Senator Wyden, we will do another big signature drop later this month to encourage action on S.133.  Now is the time to share the information with your friends and family, and encourage those who haven’t yet signed to add their name to our growing pod of orca protectors.  You can also support WDC by Adopting an Orca or donating to help support our work for orca conservation.  Together, we are making a difference!