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Pacific Gray Whale Population Drops by Nearly 25%

Pacific Gray Whale Population Drops by Nearly 25%

Being taken off the endangered species list sadly doesn’t guarantee a carefree future for whales.  Recent research estimates that the population of Pacific gray whales off North America’s West Coast has declined by almost a quarter since 2016.  These whales are known for the epic migrations between their Arctic feeding grounds and the breeding lagoons…

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Home of Southern Resident Orcas Named a Mission Blue Hope Spot

WDC is proud to be among the groups supporting the declaration of the Salish Sea, a body of water between Washington State and British Columbia and the home waters of the Southern Resident orcas, as a Mission Blue Hope Spot. Our friends at SeaLife Response, Rehabilitation, and Research (SR3) in Seattle nominated the Salish Sea,…

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Southern Resident Orcas: Dam Good News for Restoring the Snake River

Hysazu Photography Hysazu Photography In an exciting announcement for the Pacific Northwest, US Congressman Mike Simpson (R-ID) has released a plan outlining the steps for the biggest salmon and river restoration effort in history: a free-flowing Lower Snake River.  A healthy river means more Chinook salmon, which means more food for endangered Southern Resident orcas!…

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No More Salmon Net Pens in the Discovery Islands!

Breaking news from Canada: The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has announced the phase-out of Atlantic salmon open-net pens in the Discovery Islands. These fish farms can cause significant harm to wild Pacific salmon from Canada’s Fraser River by transmitting sea lice and other harmful pathogens to young wild fish. These salmon are not only an…

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Big win for orcas – the Klamath River dams are coming down

Even though Thanksgiving here in the U.S. isn’t until next week, we are thankful for some good news on the efforts to take down four dams on the Klamath River! This is a vital step to restoring abundant salmon in the river and boosting the food available for endangered Southern Resident orcas.  On November 17th,…

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New babies bring hope for endangered Southern Resident orcas

A silver lining of this strange year was the news that Tahlequah, the orca who touched hearts worldwide two years ago as she mourned the loss of her newborn calf, was pregnant again. Now we are celebrating two new babies in the population… Your donation will help protect these amazing orcas. YES. I’LL DONATE. In…

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Tahlequah’s Pregnancy and Why I’m Cautiously Optimistic

Photo taken under NMFS Permit #19091 SR3/NOAA/SEA The summer of 2018 was perhaps one of the most stressful summers I have had during my time working to protect Southern Resident orcas, a unique and highly endangered community of orcas who live in the waters off the west coast of the U.S. and Canada.  That summer,…

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