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We were SO close.

We were so close. Because of the past couple of years, June makes me incredibly nervous. In June of 2019, I heard the news of two right whale deaths in one day, only to find out about another soon after. June seems to be prime time for right whales to be accidentally killed by passing…

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Orca Action Month goes online!

Orca Action Month save the date - June 2020

Whamily, it’s almost that time again – time to celebrate, honor, and dive in to actions to help Southern Resident orcas in our annual Orca Action Month festivities.  This year is going to look a little different.  Along with the health of the Southern Resident orcas, the health of our communities is a top priority,…

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How do you thank someone who has changed your life?

*This is the third part of a three-part blog series. You can read the first part of the blog here and the second part of the blog here.* Ever wondered the best way to thank someone for changing your life? Write a blog about them of course! Flash back to spring of 2019 and the…

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Dipping my toes into the policy pool

*This is the second part of a three-part blog series. You can read the first part of the blog here. * Just a few short months after I packed everything I owned and drove from California to Massachusetts, I found myself completely overwhelmed and completely fascinated by marine mammal policy work. I know that might…

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From the Pacific Coast to the North Atlantic Right Whale

WDC’s internship is designed to give interns a taste of life at a marine mammal non-profit.  Interns are exposed to everything from science, policy, outreach and even supporter relations.  I think internships are the best way to test the waters and find out if a particularly career path is the right one.  There are fewer…

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From One Mother to Another

See the part that is sticking out? It isn’t supposed to look like that. Georgia DNR- NOAA Permit 18786-04 To see the injury, look in the top right portion of the whale in this photo. The part that is lighter in color is a deep injury. As soon as my heart rose with the news…

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5 Year Fight for Critical Habitat for Southern Resident orcas

Orcas off the Olympic Coast of Washington (National Marine Sanctuaries) Expanding critical habitat for Southern Resident orcas was one of the first things I started working on when I joined WDC as the Jessica Rekos Fellow for Orca Conservation more than five years ago.  And now, over five years later – it’s here!  Last week,…

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