Celebrate orca recovery on Nov. 10

Submitted by organizers

From 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 10, an Orca Recovery Day of Action will take place at Jackson Beach on San Juan Island in coordination with conservation district events around Puget Sound. Hear from speaker Deborah Giles, Ph.D., science and research director for Wild Orca, resident scientist at UW Friday Harbor Labs and research biologist for UW’s Center for Conservation Biology on the status of Southern resident killer whales. Sam Barr of Samish Nation, former Stillaguamish canoe skipper, and tribal historic preservation officer will address Coast Salish canoe culture and healthy waterways, and Stephanie Solien, co-chair of Gov. Inslee’s Orca taskforce will give an update of the task force’s progress to date.

Beach clean-up activities will take place throughout the day, and electric vehicles will be on display. There will also be action items explained how to support the resident whale population. At 2 p.m., the Backbone Campaign will organize a photo in the shape of an Orca to show solidarity around the Salish Sea, so come dressed in black and white, and bring a black umbrella if you have one. Carpool to the event as parking will be limited. This event is put on by San Juan Island Conservation District, Wild Orca, Friends of the San Juans, Backbone Campaign and On Sacred Ground. For questions, to help with the event or RSVP, contact sarahonsacredground@gmail.com.