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October 19, 2019
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
DeMolay Sandspit Nature Preserve - LIMITED PARKING - Meet at Artondale Elementary for Shuttle
Meet at Artondale Elementary for Shuttle Service
6219 40th Street NW

Gig Harbor, WA 98335
(253) 225-0207
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Orca Recovery Day at the DeMolay Sandspit Nature Preserve - FULL

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Our second annual region wide day of action to connect people to the 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. Be part of over 70 events Pacific Northwest wide!

But These Other Orca Day EVEnts need your help!

1. Orca Recovery Day Whittier Park Planting
2. Orca Recovery Day Stream Team Training

Join us at the DeMolay Sandspit Nature Preserve for a marine shoreline restoration planting, to help reduce erosion and create better habitat for the entire food chain.

Note that PARKING IS LIMITED. Please meet at the Artondale Elementary School parking lot and be prepared to take a shuttle to the site.

Shuttle service begins at 12:15pm
- so please arrive early!

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 October 19th 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. Activities include:
  • Shoreline seed spreading
  • A "How Beaches are Made" walk
  • Tree and shrub planting
  • Orca Recovery Day pledge and selfie booth
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.
  • Go to to see what other projects are happening all around Puget Sound!
  • You can read the Orca Recovery Task Force and their recommendations here
  • Read about what Washington State government has done for Orca recovery here.