Orca Action Month
Orca Awareness Month, started by long-time orca education and advocacy group Orca Network, was created to bring together researchers, advocates, and orca lovers everywhere to raise the awareness of the threats facing these magnificent animals and provide a community to celebrate orcas of the Salish Sea. It has since evolved into “Orca Action Month,” as awareness has gained traction and a rallying of community action is necessary to recover Southern Resident orcas.
In 2021, the Orca Salmon Alliance will celebrate the 15th anniversary of Orca Month. The Orca Salmon Alliance encourages everyone to take part—Orca Month is for every orca lover out there, from the novice to the expert.
For 15 years, June has been proclaimed Orca Month by the Governor of Washington, and for the first time in 2016 Orca Month was being celebrated in Oregon and in British Columbia.
A History of Orca Awareness: 15 Years Strong
2021 marks the 15th year that Washingtonians celebrate Orca Month. Started over a decade ago by Susan Berta and Howard Garrett of 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, from orca wine vintage dedications to orca songs, dances, and gubernatorial proclamations.
Now coordinated by the Orca Salmon Alliance and partners, join us for a month of educational and celebratory events across the Salish Sea—and beyond—to raise awareness of the threats facing the Southern Resident orca population and discover what we ALL can do to act to protect them. Everyone is welcomed and encouraged to participate!
Background photo of K35 Sonata by Amanda Colbert
Members of the Orca Salmon Alliance:
Friends of the San Juans
Natural Resources Defense Council