San Juan County orca recovery update at The Whale Museum

  • Sun Jul 29th, 2018 7:00am
  • Life

Submitted by the Whale Museum

On Aug. 2, Frances Robertson, the Marine Program coordinator for San Juan County, will present “San Juan County Orca Recovery Efforts.”

This lecture will be held at The Whale Museum at 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 2, as part of The Whale Museum’s Science Lecture Series.

An overview of San Juan County’s and the San Juan County Marine Resources Committee efforts regarding Southern resident killer whales recovery efforts will be presented, including the Whale warning flag pilot study. Robertson will discuss what the county has achieved in the past, what they are working to do currently and what they have planned for coming years.

Robertson is a wildlife biologist with over a decade of experience studying how marine mammals interact with and respond to human activities and changes within their environment. She has studied boat impacts on Southern resident killer whales; the impacts of fish farm acoustic alarms on harbor porpoise distribution; the effects of seismic surveys on bowhead whales; and the behavioral responses of harbor porpoise, harbor seals and Steller sea lions to tidal turbine operational noise. She is currently the Co-PI of the Northeast Pacific Minke Whale Project.

The science lecture series is dedicated to providing the local community and visiting public with knowledge and wonder of the natural world.

The lectures are given by local or visiting experts in their field. Join as they share their recent research projects, stories, and experiences. Each lecture is free and held at The Whale Museum. Donations are greatly appreciated.

The Whale Museum is located in Friday Harbor at 62 First St. N. Founded in 1976, The Whale Museum’s mission is to promote stewardship of whales through education and research.

For more information, call 360-378-4710 ext.30. The Whale Museum can be found on-line at