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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!