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Date:
November 10, 2018
Time:
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location:
Tacoma Narrows Park
Address:
1502 Lucille Parkway
Gig Harbor, WA 98335
Contact:
253-845-9770 ext 126
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Orca Recovery Day at Tacoma Narrows Park

Saturday, November 10, 2018

A first-ever region wide day of action to connect people to Puget Sound, our critically endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales, and the work we all need to do to save them. A celebration of the place we call home and the most iconic species of the Pacific Northwest. Ten Conservation Districts across the Puget Sound will host restoration events that address two of the primary causes of orca whale decline: malnutrition due to salmon scarcity and increasing water pollution.

*UPDATE* We have plenty of people signed up for this event, one hundred and eleven at last count! If you haven't signed up yet, you're still welcome to come, but some other Orca Recovery Day events in the area don't have as many volunteers. So if you want to spread the love check out some other events going on for Orca Recovery Day here: Partner Events and More Partner Events

Join us at Tacoma Narrows Park for a marine shoreline restoration planting event, to help reduce erosion and create better habitat for the entire food chain.


Southern Resident Orcas need our help!
You may have heard the on the news that our local Orca population is on the decline. 

 

But we can help them get back to healthy numbers and channel our despair into positive action by planting trees along the shoreline of the Puget Sound!

Well, how does planting trees help salmon?

It has to do with ecology. First, we should note that there are many factors that have gone into their decline, including historical capturing of these animal for aquariums in the 1970s and pollution. Despite this, a big factor in their decline is a lack of food. Their main source of sustenance is salmon, and in recent years salmon populations have also been on the decline because of how we've modified the Puget Sound, rivers, and streams that are their home.

 

This volunteer project will address that.

 

We'll be planting shrubs along the shoreline of the Puget Sound. Shorelines are important habitat for juvenile salmon and their food. Removing trees and shrubs from the shoreline has made that habitat worse for the salmon by warming the water and reducing the habitat for their food sources. But planting trees on November 10th will make that habitat better for salmon in the long run!

 

This means more salmon with survive into adulthood, which means more food for our Southern Resident Orcas! Which means a more thriving Orca population!


Day of Activities:
In addition to planting we'll have organizations that are also working to save Orcas there for you to interact with. 

Keep checking back for more details in the coming days. 

Other Actions You Can Take:
Click Here for examples of what you can do beyond Orca Recovery Day to help resolve this issue.

Learn More:
  • Learn more about our Southern Resident Orcas here.
  • You can read the Orca Recovery Task Force draft recommendations here
  • Go to BetterGround.org to see what other projects are happening all around Puget Sound!