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Celebrate the orca/salmon connection throughout the month of June. Choose from events and activities — coordinated by the Orca Salmon Alliance and partners — that bring together researchers, conservation organizations, orca and salmon lovers, and elected officials. Found both online and in small  gatherings this year, events are created to inspire action and advocacy efforts to protect the highly endangered Southern Resident orcas and restore the  salmon they depend on to survive. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to get involved throughout the month of June. Scroll on down to view the abundant and diverse Orca and salmon related events. 

– The Orca Salmon Alliance

 Background Image: British Columbia Fraser River Tributary. Photographer: James Wheeler  www.souvenirpixels.com Copyright: (C)2013 James Wheeler

Events & Activities

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2022 Orca Month Events

  • SEATTLE EVENT:  Snake River to Salish Sea Spirit of the Waters Totem Pole Journey (1)
    May 19, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM PDT
    University of Washingtong Longhouse, Sea, 4249 Whitman Ct NE, Seattle, WA 98105, USA
    The May 2022 Snake River to Salish Sea Spirit of the Waters Totem Pole Journey builds upon, strengthens and reaffirms the growing indigenous-led environmental movement across the Pacific Northwest and includes public events in metropolitan areas and tribal communities. At each stop, art and culture
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  • “Dammed to Extinction” Documentary Film Screening, LaSells Stewart Center Construction Hall Oregon State University
    May 23, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM PDT
    Corvallis, 875 SW 26th St, Corvallis, OR 97331, USA
    Join Defenders & WDC for Dammed to Extinction, an award-winning documentary that explores the relationship between Southern Resident orcas, salmon, and four dams on the lower Snake River. Doors at 6pm. Food and drinks provided!
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  • “Dammed to Extinction” Documentary Film Screening, EMU Redwood Auditorium University of Oregon
    May 24, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM PDT
    Eugene, 1395 University St, Eugene, OR 97403, USA
    Join Defenders & WDC for Dammed to Extinction, an award-winning documentary that explores the relationship between Southern Resident orcas, salmon, and four dams on the lower Snake River. Doors at 6pm. Food and drinks provided!
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  • Southern Resident orca Haiku Contest
    Wed, Jun 01
    See details in link
    Jun 01, 12:01 AM PDT – Jun 27, 11:59 PM PDT
    See details in link
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  • How Boaters Can Help Champion Orca Recovery
    Jun 03, 12:00 PM PDT
    Zoom
    Boaters have an important role to play in championing the conservation and recovery of the Southern Resident orcas. We invite boaters and the public to join us during Orca Action Month for a virtual presentation by Seattle Aquarium and Washington Environmental Council.
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  • Salmon Restoration on the Green/Duwamish River (1)
    Jun 04, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM PDT
    Riverbend North, 15901 W Valley Hwy, Tukwila, WA 98188, USA
    Orcas need salmon to survive and all of us can make a difference where we live in the Green-Duwamish watershed. Join your community and the rugby sports team, The Seattle Seawolves to get your hands dirty at Riverbend North in Tukwila.
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  • Together We Are Stronger: Rally & March to City Hall
    Jun 04, 11:00 AM PDT
    Location is TBD
    Join us for a Rally & March on June 4th in Seattle. Sign up now and more details will be sent to you soon.
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  • Orca Action Month Kick Off Event
    Jun 05, 3:00 PM PDT – Jun 06, 5:00 AM PDT
    Zoom
    Stay Tuned!!
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  • Orca Month Happy Hour
    Multiple Dates
    Mon, Jun 06
    Facebook
    Jun 06, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM PDT
    Facebook
    Take a little break with Whale and Dolphin Conservation and special guests to chat about what's happening to protect and restore Southern Resident orcas, salmon, and watersheds in the Pacific Northwest. Join us on Facebook live every Monday at 4pm in June for some casual conversation and Q&A
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  • Beach Clean–Up Anacortes
    Mon, Jun 06
    Anacortes
    Jun 06, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    Anacortes, 601 Seafarers Way, Anacortes, WA 98221, USA
    Come join The Salish Sea School as we host an all-ages Beach Clean-up in Anacortes, WA for our monthly Family Service Day in honor of Orca Action Month.
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  • Orca Tuesdays at Seattle Aquarium
    Multiple Dates
    Tue, Jun 07
    Seattle
    Jun 07, 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM PDT
    Seattle, 1483 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
    Join us at the Seattle Aquarium Tuesdays in June. Each Tuesday will offer different opportunities to explore the connection between orcas and salmon.
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  • Orca Month Boat Patrol
    Thu, Jun 09
    Seattle
    Jun 09, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM PDT
    Seattle, 2601 W Marina Pl, Seattle, WA 98199, USA
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  • qalʼqaləx̌ič | Blackfish: Coast Salish Orca Stories
    Jun 09, 3:00 PM PDT
    Online Zoom
    Coast Salish Orca stories with Pamela Chelalakem Bond, Snohomish Tribal Councilwoman and Fish, Wildlife, and Environment Director for the Tribe. She is a co-founder of the non-profit People of the Confluence, Duwamish Longhouse Cultural Educator, and Traditional Plant Medicine and Food Specialist.
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  •  Pressentin County Park Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
    Jun 10, 1:00 PM PDT
    Pressitin Park, 60060 State Rte 20, Marblemount, WA 98267, USA
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  • Sammamish River Kayak Tour
    Sat, Jun 11
    Bothell Landing
    Jun 11, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM PDT
    Bothell Landing, 9999 NE 180th St, Bothell, WA 98011, USA
    Take a salmon-eye view of the Sammamish River to learn more about orcas and the ways salmon use the river system to complete their life-cycle.
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  • June Seattle Summer Cleanup  UW Arboretum (launch from Waterfront Activities Center)
    Jun 11, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT
    Seattle, 3710 Montlake Blvd NE, Seattle, WA 98195
    Puget Soundkeeper conducts multiple cleanup events every year, involving hundreds of volunteers from the community. Focusing on waterways and shorelines, volunteers clean beaches, paddle canoes to find trash in hard to reach spots, and tow large debris safely to shore with larger boats.
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  • June Seattle Summer Cleanup Kayak from Lake Union, WA, Northwest Outdoors Center
    Jun 11, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT
    Seattle, 2100 Westlake Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109, USA
    Puget Soundkeeper conducts multiple cleanup events every year, involving hundreds of volunteers from the community. Focusing on waterways and shorelines, volunteers clean beaches, paddle kayaks to find trash in hard to reach spots, and tow large debris safely to shore with larger boats.
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  • Purdy Spit Beach Cleanup
    Sat, Jun 11
    Gig Harbor
    Jun 11, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM PDT
    Gig Harbor, 7726 WA-302, Gig Harbor, WA 98329, USA
    Join Ocean Fest and South South Surfrider to clean up a beach! As part of Ocean Fest month, we’ll be picking up trash on the Purdy Spit to protect ocean animals. PLUS: Make a trash art whale! Take a selfie with the Trashoctopus! Vibe with Hawaiian ukuleles…Free, all ages. BYO gloves or use ours.
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