Since 1985 our company’s founders have had a special place for the orca whale and since our concern and love for them goes beyond our namesake. In 2016 Washington and British Columbia governors declared the month of June officially “Orca Awareness Month”. In honor of our giant friends of the sea, we are donating proceeds from all Orca Direct orders to the Center of Whale Research. In addition to monetary donations there is SO much more you can do. Below we have a list of events in Washington, B.C., and Oregon you can participate in (scroll down to “LOCAL EVENTS”).

The theme of this Orca Awareness Month is quite disheartening  as it is ORCA IN TROUBLED WATERS. This theme was chosen to commemorate J2 – “Granny” – who has not been seen since last fall and is presumed dead. She was estimated to be 105 years old – the matriarch that led the Southern Resident Killer Whales for many decades.

As the theme suggests, all is not well for this critically-endangered community of chinook-salmon-eating whales. Five orca have been lost and presumed dead in just the last year. Only 78 individual whales remain. And to make matters worse, Columbia Basin spring chinook salmon returns this year (the mouth of the Columbia River is a favorite hunting spot for orca during winter and early spring) have been even lower than previously expected – the predicted return was recently cut in half by fisheries managers.

Not good news for salmon OR for orca.

However, YOU CAN HELP!

Send Governor Inslee a message asking him (1) to help salmon now and (2) to help our region develop a plan to remove the four lower Snake River dams – to restore salmon and a critical source of food our hungry orca.


For 11 years, June has been proclaimed Orca Awareness Month by the Governor of Washington — and for the first time in 2016 Orca Awareness Month was celebrated in Oregon and in British Columbia as well! Join us in and around the region for a variety of events!


*Featured Event* Sunday, June 4th – Orca Month Kick-Off and Tribute to Granny J2
2:00 to 5:00 pm
Golden Gardens Bathhouse, Seattle
RSVP on Facebook – Free – hosted by the Orca Salmon Alliance

Throughout June – Naturalists On The Ferries
Find naturalists aboard many Washington State Ferries to learn more about Southern Resident orcas and the Salish Sea
Hosted by Washington State Ferries and Orca Network

Thursday, June 1st – Green Drinks
6:00 to 9:00 pm
Harmon Brewery, Tacoma
Free – hosted by Washington Environmental Council
RSVP on Facebook

Thursday, June 1st – “The Unknown Sea” Film Screening
6:00 to 8:00 pm
Environmental Science Center, Burien
REGISTER FOR FREE HERE  Share on Facebook – hosted by Deep Green Wilderness, Washington Environmental Council, Defenders of Wildlife, SR3, and Environmental Science Center

Saturday, June 3rd – Whales In Your Neighborhood
12:00 to 2:00 pm 
Naturalists in parks around the Salish Sea
RSVP on Facebook – Free – hosted by Orca Network, Whale Scout and The Whale Trail

Saturday, June 3rd – The Day of the Orca
11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Port Townsend Marine Science Center, Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend
Find out more here! – Free admission to PTMSC, Discover Pass required at Fort Worden State Park – hosted by Port Townsend Marine Science Center, Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, and Puget Sound Express

Friday, June 9th – NOAA Open House
12:00 to 6:30 pm (2:30-3:30 Screening of “Saving Springer: Orca Orphan” film and panel discussion)  
NOAA Campus – 7600 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle
Find out more here! – Free – hosted by NOAA

Saturday, June 10th – Orcas In Our Midst Workshop
10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Langley, WA
Get Your Tickets Here!  Share on Facebook – $25 students/seniors and $35 regular admission – hosted by Orca Network and Langley Whale Center

Saturday, June 10th – Hour For The Ocean: Beach Clean Up
10:00 am to 12:00 pm 
At beaches around the Salish Sea or join Team Whale Scout at Alki Beach Bathhouse
Find out more here! Share on Facebook – Free – hosted by Seattle Aquarium, Puget Soundkeeper, and Whale Scout

Tuesday, June 13th – Orcas Love Raingardens
4:00 to 5:00 pm
The Pagoda at Point Defiance, Tacoma
Free – hosted by Washington Environmental Council and Defenders of Wildlife

Thursday, June 22nd – Project ECHO
7:00 pm 
Dakota Place Park Building, West Seattle
Free – hosted by The Whale Trail

Saturday, June 24th – Orca Sing
7:00 to 9:00 pm
Lime Kilm State Park, San Juan Island
Free – Public is encouraged to bring a picnic, chairs, and blankets – hosted by Orca Network, Friends of the San Juans, Whale Museum, FOLKS, and LKSP

Saturday, June 24th & Sunday, June 25th – Orca Awareness Weekend
Seattle Aquarium
Free – Hosted by Seattle Aquarium

Saturday, June 24th – Summer Kick-Off and Beach Party
11:00 am to 5:00 pm (Low Tide Walk begins at 9:30am)
Port Townsend Marine Science Center, Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend
Find out more here! – Free admission to PTMSC, Discover Pass required at Fort Worden State Park – hosted by Port Townsend Marine Science Center, Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, and Puget Sound Express

Sunday, June 25th – Two If By Land, One If By Sea: Oil Transport Threatens The Salish Sea – Outdoor Family Event
12:00 to 3:00 pm 
Boulevard Park, Bellingham
Free – hosted by RE Sources, Washington Environmental Council, BayKeeper, Sierra Club, Puget Soundkeeper Alliance, and Friends of the San Juans

Wednesday, June 28th – Our Toxic Orcas
Reception, 6:00-7:00 pm, Program 7:00 to 8:30 pm
YMCA Tacoma
Get Your Tickets Here! – $5 admission – hosted by Washington Environmental Council, Defenders of Wildlife, and Toxic Free WA


Sunday, May 28th – Orca Month Proclamation
City of Victoria Council Chambers

Sunday June 4th – Vancouver Festival of Ocean Films
3:00 to 10:00 pm
Vancity Theatre, Vancouver
Get Your Tickets Here! – Share on Facebook – hosted by Georgia Strait Alliance

Saturday, June 10th – Orca Hat Craft
Victoria Central Library

Wednesday, June 14th – Marine Evening
7:00 pm
Churchmouse Coffeehouse, St. Mary’s Church, Victoria
Free – hosted by Orca Month BC

Saturday, June 17th – Orca Celebration and Action Day 
1:30 to 4:00 pm
1525 Begbie St., Victoria
Free – hosted by Orca Month BC

Saturday, June 17th – Fernfest
Fernwood Square

Tuesday, June 20th – Retire Lolita demonstration
Downtown Victoria

Month of June – Book Display
Victoria Central Library


Wednesday, June 14th – Pub Talk
5:00 to 9:00 pm
Lucky Lab Pub, Portland
Free – hosted by Whale and Dolphin Conservation and Defenders of Wildlife

Saturday, June 17th – Orca Awareness Month
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Hatfield Marine Science Center, Newport
Free (HMSC admission is by donation) – hosted by American Cetacean Society

Saturday, June 24th – World Oceans Day
Throughout the day
Oregon Coast Aquarium, Newport
Aquarium Admission – hosted by Whale and Dolphin Conservation and Defenders of Wildlife


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