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Orca Action Month

The 13th annual Orca Awareness Month is here with a new name!

For the past 12 years, the goal of Orca Month has been to raise awareness about the iconic Southern Resident orcas. Now it's time to take action - so we changed the name to Orca Action Month.

Join us during Orca Action Month to celebrate one of our region's most iconic species and to take action for their survival and recovery.


There are now just 75 Southern Resident orcas left in the Pacific Northwest. We know that when our orcas are in trouble, so is our marine environment.

Hungry for change

Hungry for Change is the theme for this year's Orca Action Month.

Like the orcas themselves, we are hungry for change to create a better home for them.

Copywrite Jeff Ventre

Take action this month in Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia

Attend events throughout June to learn about an endangered community of orcas and how you can help save them from extinction.

Southern resident orca

Learn about Southern Residents

Get to know this iconic community of orcas

SR - Colleen

How it all started

Started over a decade ago,Orca Month raises awareness of endangered Southern Resident orcas and the need to help them recover to a healthy population. The celebration has taken many forms, from orca wine vintage dedications to orca songs, dances, and gubernatorial proclamations.

Β List of Events

Orca Action Month Kick Off Festival

June 2, 1-5 PM

Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle

Port Townsend Orca & Salmon Festival

June 15, 11 AM-5 PM

Port Townsend

Orca Action Month Sea Kayak Tours

June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 10 AM-1 PM

West Seattle

Whales in Your Neighborhood

June 9

Multiple Locations

Clean Streams & Green Drink Soiree

June 11, 5:30-8:30 PM

Mt. Baker Rowing & Sailing Center, Seattle

Salish Splash

June 13, 11 AM-1 PM

Seattle & Multiple Locations

Lummi Tokitae Orca Totem Pole Journey

June 14 & 15

Coupeville & Seattle

Port Townsend Orca & Salmon Festival

June 15, 11 AM-5 PM

Port Townsend

Orca Celebration & Whale Trail Sign Dedication

June 21, 1-3 PM

Richmond Beach Saltwater Park, Shoreline

Orca Awareness Celebration

June 22-23, 9:30 AM-5 PM

Seattle Aquarium

Orca Sing

June 22, 7 PM

Lime Kiln State Park, San Juan Island

Raffi Concert

June 22, 1 PM & 4 PM


Orca Action Month Poster Contest

Through June

Enter at

Kids for Orcas

June 28

Washington State Ferries

Orca Awareness Day

May 26, 10 AM-4 PM

Hatfield Marine Science Center, Newport, OR

Tap Talks: Orcas of Oregon

June 4, 7-9 PM

Block 15 Tap Room, Corvallis, OR

Heathly Watersheds for Healthy Orcas

June 7, 10 AM-2PM

Toledo, OR

World Oceans Day- Hour for the Ocean Beach Clean

June 9, 10 AM-2 PM

Otter Rock Marine Reserve, Otter Rock, OR

Lummi Totem Pole Journey

June 11, 6-7:30 PM

Ecotrust Building, Portland, OR

Nursery Plant Work Party

June 14

Brian Booth State Park, Seal Rock, OR

Mysteries of Salmon in Marine Environments

June 19, 6-8:30 PM

Lucky Lab Pub, Portland, OR

Yaquina Bay Naturalist Seminar: Orcas of the Oregon Coast

June 20, 7-9 PM

OSU Extension Lincoln County, Newport, OR

Free Willy Movie Screening

June 22, 3 PM

Whiteside Theatre, Corvallis, OR

Oregon Coast Aquarium World Oceans Day

June 29, 10 AM-4 PM

Oregon Coast Aquarium, Newport, OR

Leading Roles: Parallels Between Female Southern Resident Killer Whales and Women Leaders

June 4, 7:30 PM

Sunset Labs, Victoria, BC

Orca Songs Celebration and Commemoration

June 22, 2 PM

Port Browning Harbour, Pender Island, BC