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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!

Join the kickoff event on June 5th! Additional WDC events include weekly Happy Hour chats, Orca Month Book Club discussion, webinar about orca and salmon protection, and a documentary screening.

WDC Events

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

Watch on Facebook

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!

Registration required.

Wednesday, June 29th, 3pm PDT/6pm EDT

Overcoming Coextinction

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.

Registration required

Wednesday, June 22nd

Orca Month Book Club

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!


Download your very own orca action calendar here.

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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!