October 16th is Orca Recovery Day!

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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.

Sign up for one of the volunteer events below and make a difference!

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

Hosted by Whale Scout in partnership with OneBothellCity of BothellPuget Sound Conservation DistrictsWDFWNOAA Fisheries, and King County Wastewater Treatment Division

When:  Saturday, October 16

Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Location: 16950 W Riverside Drive, Bothell, WA 98011 (Directions)

Portions of the former Wayne Golf Course are a migratory corridor for Chinook salmon in the Sammamish River. Help control non-native and invasive weeds and protect native trees and vegetation to improve water quality for salmon, which ultimately leads to providing more prey for orcas in Puget Sound!

Bonus: Ask a killer whale scientist! Dr. David Bain will lead a short walk sharing recent research about endangered Southern Resident killer whales.

Wear closed-toe shoes, bring a water bottle, and wear a mask for check-in and check-out and when working near young children who are unable to be vaccinated. We will spread out and offer small group activities that are geared for adults only or for families. Those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult, and those under 18 need a signed release form by a parent. Space is limited and sign-up is required.  

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Orca Recovery Day Stewardship Work Party @ North Creek Forest

Co-hosted by Friends of North Creek Forest and City of Bothell

When:  Saturday, October 16

Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Location: 20598 112th Avenue NE, Bothell, WA 98011 (Directions)

Help restore this urban forest to improve habitat for salmon! North Creek Forest has nine wetlands and seven streams that filter water and protect habitat for endangered salmon living nearby. We are going to be walking up a trail into the inner forest and removing invasive blackberries where they are creeping into a forest clearing. Tools and work gloves are provided.

Dress for the weather, wear sturdy closed-toe shoes (boots preferred), bring a water bottle, and wear a face covering when necessary. Volunteers ages 1-15 must be accompanied by an adult. RSVP is required. Sign up

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Guardians of the Orca Volunteer Event at Wallace Swamp Creek Park

Hosted by Sno-King Watershed Council in partnership with City of Kenmore

When:  Saturday, October 16

Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Location: 19851 73rd Ave NE, Kenmore, WA 98028 (Directions)

Help us make Swamp Creek a place where salmon are once again regularly spotted. Help us remove invasive knotweed, clip blackberry canes, and dig out blackberry root balls to preserve the park’s natural open space. We’ll be working near the parking lot.

Bring work gloves, your favorite tool for digging (both small and large shovels) or hand clippers, and a mask to wear when necessary. Sign up to save your spot

Email questions to Tracy at tlbanaszynski@yahoo.com



Orca Recovery Day Volunteer Event @ Shelton View Forest

Hosted by Shelton View Forest Stewardship Association

When:  Sunday, October 17

Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Location: East trailhead - 335 234th Pl SW, Bothell, WA 98021 (Directions)

Join us in Shelton View Forest for trail maintenance, trash and invasive species removal, tree planting, and more. Learn more about this unique urban forest and why it is important to the health of the Swamp Creek Watershed and salmon and orca protection. 

Dress for the weather and bring your own water, snacks, and work gloves (if you have them). We will provide clean tools and gloves to those that need them. Face coverings and physical distancing are required. All participants must pre-register

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Email your questions to sheltonviewforest@gmail.com

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Learn about more opportunities to celebrate Orca Recovery Day throughout the Puget Sound region at www.betterground.org.

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