Orca Recovery Day
This regional day of action aims to improve conditions for the critically endangered Southern Resident Orca Whales. With just over 70 individuals left, we must act now if we’re going to save the most iconic species of the Pacific Northwest.
2023 6th Annual
Orca Recovery Day
October 14th, 2023
9AM -12 PM
4874 Birch Bay Lynden Rd, Blaine
There’s strength in numbers. With all of us working together, there’s still time to save our orcas. You can plant native shrubs and trees with us along California Creek to improve Chinook salmon habitat. Chinook salmon are the main food source for the Southern Resident Orcas!
Prior Registration Recommended. All Volunteers under 18 years old must bring a Youth Liability Waiver, and anyone under 14 must also be accompanied by an adult. Learn more about what to expect from a work party here.
Parking is at the Birch Bay Waterslides at 4874 Birch Bay Lynden Rd, Blaine, WA 98230. Please show up between 8:45-9:45 am to get signed in and grab a short shuttle ride to the restoration site. Shuttling between the parking and restoration site will run throughout the event. All tools, gloves, and instructions needed to volunteer with us will be available at the event. We also provide coffee and water, and there are restrooms onsite. You just need to bring weather-appropriate clothing, close-toed shoes, and water bottle.
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Why Are Southern Resident Orcas in Decline?
They don't have enough food. Chinook salmon make up 80% of a Southern Resident orca’s diet, and they are also endangered due to habitat loss, climate change, and increased pollution.
Contaminants in the water and their food decrease their health and make it harder for their calves to survive.
Vessel noise and disturbance makes it harder for them to communicate and use echolocation to find their food.
What You Can Do
There’s strength in numbers. With all of us working together, there’s still time to save our orcas. You can plant native shrubs and trees, collect trash along roads and beaches, or expand your green space outside your office building- anything that makes the environment better than how you found it. You can also bring awareness by using the hashtag #OrcaRecoveryDay and donating to organizations that are helping with the cause.