Orca Awareness Day
June is Orca Action Month, and the American Cetacean Society’s Oregon Chapter is kicking things off a bit early on Sunday, May 26 at the Hatfield Marine Science Center (2030 Marine Science Dr. in the South Beach area of Newport), from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
The event features both adult and kid themed activities as well as a photo op with an orca. Naturalist and ACS Oregon Chapter member Harry Reid will give a presentation titled “All About Orca” at 11:30 a.m. in the HMSC visitor center auditorium. Also offered is a half-hour-long film entitled “The Unknown Sea, A Voyage on the Salish” at both 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the auditorium.
Orca Action Month is of particular importance this year as the number of Southern Resident Killer Whales (“SRKW”) continues to decline. There are three pods of SRKW that are usually seen from spring through fall around the San Juan Islands of Washington State. The SRKW have also been spotted off of the central Oregon coast as they follow the salmon runs, which is their main source of food. The latest census (Dec 31, 2018) shows that there are only 75 SRKW left. This is the lowest the population has been since 1984. Through the presentations on Orca Awareness Day you can learn how to help.
For more information, contact Joy Primrose, ACS Oregon Chapter President, (541) 517-8754, [email protected].