Orca Action Month 2022: Stream to Sea
Join us to celebrate the 16th annual Orca Month! To keep everyone safe and healthy, activities this year are remaining virtual or will be limited-capacity in-person events. By going virtual, we can bring even more people into our Orca Month "pod"! This year's theme is “Stream to Sea,” exploring the deep relationship of watersheds, rivers, the Salish Sea, and the Pacific Ocean and their vital connection to the survival of the Southern Resident orcas and the wild salmon they need to survive through all parts of their habitat.
To catch up on Orca Month 2021, watch the kickoff event!
There are 74 Southern Resident orcas remaining in the wild. Orca Action Month is all about coming together and engaging people in actions to support their recovery and the health of the ecosystems that help orcas (and us) survive.
Help us share their story!
Our theme this year is Stream to Sea - celebrate the Southern Resident orca and salmon connection throughout the month of June!
Orca Month Happy Hour
Learn new things about orcas and their ecosystem*and* potentially earn some cool prizes! We'll post a "Stream to Sea" trivia question on Fridays and answer during our livestreams on Mondays - correct responses will enter a drawing!
Questions posted Fridays (starting June 3rd)
Answers LIVE Mondays at 4PDT/7pm EDT
Safe Waters: 50 years of Legal Protection for Southern Resident orcas
2022 is the 50th anniversary of four environmental laws that are essential to Southern Resident orcas. Join us as we share stories and background on how these laws were developed, how they have been used to protect and preserve ecosystems, and what the road looks like ahead for them as new challenges and threats emerge. No law school background needed!
We're thrilled to present the Oregon premiere of the groundbreaking new documentary film, Coextinction. Coextinction is about connection: between the whales, their ecosystem, and ourselves, and embracing that connection to ensure the survival of the Southern Residents and their home. This is an in-person event in partnership with Portland Patagonia.
Wednesday, June 22nd
Join WDC and Whale Scout for a community discussion about "Recovering a Lost River" by Steven Hawley, the book that inspired the documentary "Dammed to Extinction" and explores the connection between the Snake River and the Southern Resident orcas. Registration required.
Thursday, June 23rd at 7pm PDT/10pm EDT: "Recovering a Lost River" by Steven Hawley
30 Days of Action for Orcas
In addition to joining our virtual festivities, we're inviting you to help the Southern Resident orcas through individual, independent actions you can do at home! Join WDC for 30 Days of Action for Orcas: raise awareness about this unique community, improve the health of their ecosystem (or your local environment), and support positive policy change to ensure their recovery.
Share your actions and photos on social media with the tags #OrcaMonth & #OrcaHero – and don’t forget to tag us! We’re working on some awesome thank-you gifts for people who show the most #OrcaLove!
Looking for more?
Join WDC and our partners for Orca Month 2022 events
Attend online and in-person events throughout June to learn about this endangered community of orcas and how you can help save them from extinction.
Help us protect Southern Resident Orcas
Because of you we have been able to secure a critical habitat for the Southern Residents and ensure they have food, but our work is not over. Donate today to make sure that we can continue protecting this critically endangered species.
How it all started
Started over a decade ago by our friends at Orca Network, 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 - and this year we're going virtual!