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

  • Orca Recovery: Looking to the Future
    Jun 30, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM PDT
    Zoom Webinar
    Join us as we close out Orca Action Month 2021 with a look to the future of orca recovery efforts.
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  • Youth Event Series: Getting to know the Southern Residents (1)
    Jun 30, 3:15 PM – 4:30 PM PDT
    Online
    An Online event for kids presented by Orca Network
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  • Hope for the Southern Resident Orcas: Icons of the Salish Sea
    Jun 28, 12:00 PM
    Zoom Webinar
    Join WDC, Mission Blue, and the Seattle Aquarium for Orca Month to learn more about the Hope Spots, the Salish Sea, and how you can help with the protection and recovery of the Southern Resident orcas.
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  • Save Shelton View Forest Work Party
    Sun, Jun 27
    Please Pre-Register for Location Info.
    Jun 27, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT
    Please Pre-Register for Location Info., Bothell, WA, USA
    Join the Shelton View Forest Stewardship Association for volunteer work parties in Shelton View Forest! Participants must pre-register. We need your help to keep Shelton View Forest healthy! Activities include trail maintenance, garbage and invasive plant removal, plant watering, and more.
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  • Coast Salish Salmon and Orca Culture
    Jun 26, 12:00 PM PDT – Jun 27, 4:00 PM PDT
    Zoom
    A two day, virtual event by Orca Network and the Penn Cove Water Festival, celebrating salmon, Southern Resident orcas, and the Coast Salish people.
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  • Kayak Tour and Guest speaker (2)
    Jun 26, 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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  •  Orca Art Night
    Fri, Jun 25
    Online
    Jun 25, 7:00 PM PDT
    Online
    Join the Salish Sea School team as we learn an Orca Introductory 101. Explore orcas in an artistic way. Amanda Colbert, co-educator and naturalist will talk about orcas in the Salish Sea, and Taylor White, volunteer and artist will lead the class through a fun exercise of drawing orcas! Cost $20 pp
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  • Wild Orca. & Patagonia Present: An Online Chat with Seattle Times Environmental Writer Lynda Mapes
    Jun 24, 7:00 PM PDT
    Online
    Join Lynda V. Mapes, Seattle Times journalist and author of “Orca: Shared Waters, Shared Home” along with Wild Orca Science and Research Director, Dr. Deborah Giles, as they discuss endangered Southern Resident killer whales, why we should have hope for their recovery, and ways you can help.
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  • Community Coffee Break
    Thu, Jun 24
    Online
    Jun 24, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
    Online
    Short presentation by Georgia Straight Alliance on Canada SRKW protection measures aimed at boaters, followed by Q&A and open discussion
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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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  • 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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  • Advocacy Letter Writing for Change - Chehalis Dam
    Jun 21, 6:00 PM
    Zoom
    Learn about the proposed Chehalis dam and how to write a letter in opposition.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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