Lolita is still amazingly healthy. Photo by Sean Jacobs.
DRAFT PROPOSAL FOR RETIRING THE ORCA KNOWN AS LOLITA TO HER NATIVE HABITAT IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST
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Ways of Whales workshop
Saturday, January 19, 2008
9 am - 4 pm
Coupeville Middle School Performing Arts Center
501 S. Main St, Coupeville
Whidbey Island, WA
Join Orca Network for a day of learning about the wonders of Pacific Northwest whales - who they are, what they eat, threats to their habitat and health, and more.
Mark your calendar now, and don't miss this opportunity to hear from the region's best experts on our fascinating finned friends. Educational displays and materials will be available throughout the day as well. If you are part of an environmental organization and would like to bring a display, please contact Orca Network to reserve space.
This annual workshop has become a favorite regional gathering of whale experts and those who want to learn more about the whales. Are you a naturalist, researcher, educator, or someone who thrills at seeing whales and wants to know more about the amazing finned friends that frequent our shorelines? Then this workshop is for you!
Our 2008 Ways of Whales Workshop features the most recent and interesting research on Southern Resident orcas, but will also include wonderful photos and stories about the whales, how they relate to each other, and how they are much like us in many ways.
Candice Emmons, Research Fisheries Biologist with NOAA Fisheries NWFSC, will give a presentation summarizing the recent research being conducted on Southern Resident orcas as part of NOAA's Orca Recovery Plan. Her talk will discuss the different approaches used to find the whales and track where and what they have been feeding on, including acoustic calls and dialects recorded from hydrophones and during research cruises; prey and diet studies; and the recent findings on the increasing levels of PBDE's (fire retardants) in orcas.
Dr. Terrell Newby will share stories of his experiences as a pioneering researcher of marine mammals in Washington State and Alaska, and his experience as a biologist hired during the Penn Cove orca capture in 1970. Dr. Newby conducted research on the Southern Resident orca population in the early 1970's, as well as investigations into the effects of PCB's on Harbor seals and studies on Dall's porpoise in the North Pacific and Bering Sea. His unique experiences and memories of the captures, and his perspective on the effects of the removal of entire age classes and toxic contamination of Orca over the years offer much insight into the troubles faced by the Southern Resident orcas today.
Dr. Stephen Raverty, renowned veterinary pathologist with the Animal Health Center, B.C. Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Fisheries in Canada, will discuss Epidemiologic and Pathologic Findings of Killer Whales Stranded Worldwide, 1944-2005,giving an overview of approximately 230 stranded killer whales stranded worldwide and a summary of findings in 40 cases between 1973 and 2000.
Howard Garrett of Orca Network will present a slide show of beautiful orca photos and stories, to help us all get to know the Southern Resident orcas up close and personal, and understand why we love them so much, and why this unique community of orcas is worth saving. He will also give an update on how the Southern Resident population has fared over the past year - births, deaths, and hopes and fears for the future of this fragile and endangered community of orcas.
This workshop is made possible through a grant from the NOAA Fisheries NW Region.
Cost of the workshop is $20. Lunch is available on-site for $7 (pre-registration required to receive lunch).
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or by contacting Orca Network at 360-678-3451 or E-Mail
Susan Berta & Howard Garrett