Join our belated Orca Recovery Day celebration this November!

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Southern Resident orcas rely on their main food source, the endangered Chinook salmon, to survive. But because of habitat loss, climate change, and increased pollution, it has become even more difficult for migrating salmon to make the journey to their home streams to create new fish. In order to save orcas, we must start with their main food source: salmon.

What is Orca Recovery Day?

In response to the increasing need to help our orcas, Washington conservation districts created Orca Recovery Day.*

This is an intentional day of action to restore habitat, reduce stormwater pollution, and educate the public about things they can do every day to help one of the Pacific Northwest's most iconic species.

*Orca Recovery Day is usually celebrated the third Saturday in October, but we rescheduled the local celebration from Oct. 15 to Nov. 19 due to unhealthy air quality that could have created safety risks for participants.

NEW DATE: November 19

Helpin' Out for Orca Recovery Day @ Former Wayne Golf Course 

Hosted by Whale Scout in partnership with City of Bothell, Orca Conservancy, OneBothell, Friends of North Creek Forest, and Bothell Parks & Recreation with support from Trammell Crow Company, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, King County Flood Control District, King County Wastewater Treatment Division, and Puget Sound Conservation Districts

When: Saturday, November 19 

Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Location: 16721 96th Ave NE, Bothell, WA 98011 (Directions)

Plant a riparian forest along the Sammamish River! Celebrate Orca Recovery Day by planting trees and shrubs to help shade the waters salmon use to migrate from spawning streams and back from the ocean. These fish are critical prey for endangered Southern Resident killer whales. Healthy riparian forests control erosion of river banks and host insects young salmon need early in life. The former Wayne Golf Course features nearly a mile of shoreline and is the largest City of Bothell park. Planting will takeOrca place on the west side or “front nine.”

Funds for this project were provided by a donation from the Trammell Crow Company. Volunteer and enjoy educational booths and activities from partner organizations including OneBothell, Orca Conservancy, Whale Scout, Friends of North Creek Forest, and the City of Bothell Surface Water Division.

Consider signing up your household for a fun, educational, family outing. Those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult, under 18 need a signed release form by a parent. Meet at the clubhouse parking area. Please sign up, as there is a participation limit for safety. A confirmation email will be sent to you 2-3 days prior to the event. 

Bonus: Highlights will include an appearance by Mike, the life-sized inflatable orca, educational booths, a fun activity for kids to learn about the salmon lifecycle, and snacks!

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Page last updated 10/25/22