Celebrate the iconic Southern Resident orcas throughout the month of June. Choose from events and activities — coordinated by the OrcaSalmon Alliance and partners — that bring together researchers, conservation organizations, orca lovers, and elected officials, and inspire action and advocacy efforts to protect this highly endangered population. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to get involved and participate throughout this exciting month. Scroll on down to view the many, exciting Orca Month events. 

– The Orca Salmon Alliance

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Events & Activities

Orca Month Events

  • Salish Sea School Community Project
    Jun 01, 12:00 AM – Jun 30, 11:00 PM
    Anacortes, Anacortes, WA 98221, USA
    Love orcas, clean beaches, and clean waterways? Volunteers of all ages are wanted to help with a survey for the month of June and beyond. Help identify the types and rate of accumulation of marine debris on our local beaches. Protocols are easy and fun! Info: amy@thesalishseaschool.org
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  • Submergence: Going Below the Surface with Orca and Salmon
    Jun 04, 7:00 PM PDT – Jul 02, 5:30 PM PDT
    Jack Straw Cultural Center, 4261 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105, USA
    Presented by Endangered Species Coalition, Creature Conserve and Jack Straw Cultural Center for Orca Action. Virtual show opening (7pm, June 4). The exhibit will then be open by appointment M-F 10:00-5:30 June 4 to July 2. This event will also be available online.
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  • Plogging for Orcas  Challenge (1)
    Mon, Jun 07
    Georgia Strait Website
    Jun 07, 12:00 AM PDT – Jun 30, 4:00 AM PDT
    Georgia Strait Website
    “Plog” during the month of June while raising funds for Georgia Strait Alliance’s efforts to protect and recover the Southern Resident orcas. Divert waste from the Salish Sea and preserve a clean environment for marine species while having fun!
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  • NOAA's Online Orca Coloring Contest
    Jun 11, 7:30 PM – Jun 30, 5:00 PM
    Email
    Get out your crayons! Print and complete NOAA's Marine Coloring Book and email photos of your completed coloring book to orca.plan@noaa.gov by June 30. Winners will be announced in July on Facebook and Twitter and will receive a NOAA Orca poster. Download book at registration link.
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  • Be An Effective Orca Advocate: Advocacy Letter Writing for Change
    Jun 14, 6:00 PM PDT
    Zoom
    Lawmakers often calculate that each letter they receive from one of their constituents represents a similar view of at least 100 constituents. That is why learning to write an effective advocacy letter can be such a powerful tool for change.
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  • Trivia Night
    Mon, Jun 14
    Zoom
    Jun 14, 7:00 PM
    Zoom
    Join Breaching Extinction for a fun night of Orca Month Trivia! Gather your marine-minded friends, create a team, and compete with other orca-dorks for some surPRIZES! Prizes TBA, soon!
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  • Catching Up With Conservation Canines
    Jun 15, 6:00 PM PDT
    Online
    WDC & Wild Orca check in with the Southern Resident orca scat detection team to hear updates on their research, plans for the 2021 season, and stories from Giles and Eba!
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  • Youth Event Series: Getting to know the Southern Residents
    Jun 16, 3:15 PM – 7:15 PM PDT
    Online
    An Online event for kids presented by Orca Network
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  • Salmon & Orcas: Science Storytelling with NOAA Fisheries & Lynda Mapes
    Jun 17, 12:00 PM PDT
    Online
    this webinar is presented by NOAA’s Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary and NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region, and Northwest Fisheries Science Center. Speakers include: Lynda Mapes, Lynne Barre, Brian Burke, Brad Hanson, and Marla Holt. Registration link: Registration (gotowebinar.com)
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  • Join Friends of the San Juans for Comments and Cocktails
    Jun 17, 4:30 PM PDT
    Zoom Webinar
    Gather virtually with Friends and learn how to help protect Southern Resident killer whales’ critical habitat from increased oil tanker traffic, noise and disturbance.
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  • ORCA Book event at Browsers Books (Virtual)
    Jun 17, 6:00 PM PDT
    Web
    Join Lynda V. Mapes on June 17th, 6pm for a special book launch event of Orca: Shared Waters, Shared Home. Event is hosted by Browsers Books in Olympia, WA. This event is virtual.
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  • Lightning Talks: Orcas
    Thu, Jun 17
    Online
    Jun 17, 6:00 PM
    Online
    Presented by the Seattle Aquarium. Join this virtual Lightning Talks event—devoted to all things orca!
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  • Orca Month Book Club - Secrets of the Whales National Geographic Magazine May Issue Community Discussion
    Jun 17, 7:00 PM
    Online Event, Pre-Register
    Secrets of the Whales National Geographic Magazine May Issue Community Discussion
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  • Alexandra Morton: American Cetacean Society Portland Speaker Series Event
    Jun 19, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Zoom
    Alexandra Morton is a field biologist who became an activist. She began studying Northern Resident Killer Whales in the early 1980's. Learn about her unrelenting efforts to save the wild salmon and ultimately the whales.
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  • Kayak Tour and Guest speaker (1)
    Jun 19, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM PDT
    Seattle, 1660 Harbor Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98126, USA
    Alki Kayak Tours is offering special kayak tours each Saturday in June for paddlers to learn about the Southern Resident orca. Each week will feature a new guest speaker from Washington Environmental Council. Paddle and learn!
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  • Letter Writing Workshop - Chehalis Dam
    Jun 21, 6:00 PM
    Zoom
    The Chehalis Basin Board will be finalizing their recommendation to Governor Inslee in June. Join Lee First from Twin Harbors Waterkeeper and other members of the Chehalis River Alliance (tbd) for a tutorial on how to write an effective advocacy letter.
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  • Virtual Whale Watch
    Tue, Jun 22
    Facebook
    Jun 22, 4:00 PM
    Facebook
    Enjoy watching and listening to the Southern Resident orcas from the comfort of your couch during this virtual whale watch! Presented by Oceana
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  • Youth Event Series: Getting to know the Southern Residents
    Jun 23, 3:15 PM – 4:00 PM PDT
    Online
    Orca Network & the Langley Whale Center Youth Team are hosting a youth mini-series! Each Wednesday in June we will have a short lesson about a different aspect of the Southern Resident orca community followed by an interactive activity.
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