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Orca Research & Information Links

The Center for Whale Research
The essential long-term, non-intrusive demographic, acoustic and behavioral studies of free-ranging orcas focusing on the Southern Resident community since 1976. The Center's work provides information about every individual, their associations and family relationships, their travels and population trends from year to year.

NOAA Fisheries Science Center - Killer Whales
Endangered Southern Resident orcas according to research by NOAA's Northwest Fisheries Science Center.

Beam Reach Marine Science and Sustainability School
You can not only study endangered killer whales with advanced acoustic tools, but do so on a biodiesel-electric hybrid sailboat that demonstrates how to reduce underwater noise pollution.

Southern Resident killer whale tagging

Southern Resident Killer Whale Research Publications
This lists papers on line published by NMML. Just remove the word "publish.html" from the URL and you'll find a variety of other resources available from the NMML library.

North Gulf Oceanic Society
A non-profit organization that specializes in marine mammal research, conservation and education. Our primary projects are the study of the killer whale/orca population off the coast of Alaska and of the humpback whales in Prince William Sound and Kenai Fjords.

Whale Net
WhaleNet's interactive educational web site focuses on whales and marine mammal research. WhaleNet is sponsored by Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts with support from the National Science Foundation.

Society for Marine Mammalogy
The scientific community that studies and publishes reports about marine mammals.

Orcinus orca
Information about the orcas of the Northern Residents Community, Vancouver Island, B.C. Canada and a catalogue of their distinctive calls, reports, photos and videoclips of whalewatch adventures around the world.

Orca Lab
A small land-based whale research station nestled against the evergreen forest of Hanson Island in the waters of the "Inside Passage" of northern Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada.

The Whale Museum
The Whale Museum attempts to increase the public's understanding and appreciation of orcas, other marine mammals, and their marine environment. Located in Friday Harbor, WA, the museum has a video theater and educational resource center, extensive exhibits devoted to whales, their environment and behavior. The website describes the main problems impacting Southern resident orcas, and ways to help, including reducing pollution, restoring salmon runs, and guidelines for vessel operators.

Cascadia Research
A non-profit scientific and education organization based in Olympia, Washington, founded in 1979 to conduct research to manage and protect marine mammals. Focus is on gray whales, humpbacks and blue whales, with interest in all marine mammals.

Atlantic Whales
An on-line catalogue of whale sightings in the northwest Atlantic Ocean off Newfoundland and Labrador, one of the planet's most important bread baskets.

National Geographic - Killer Whale (Orca)
A bref article about orcas and a list of "Fast Facts."

NOAA Fisheries - Office of Protected Resources: Killer Whale (Orcinus Orca)
About the status of killer whales focused on Southern Resident orcas listed as endangered under the ESA and the recent petition to delist them. Includes a description of the species, its taxonomy, designated critical habitat, population trends, and threats. Conservation efforts are also reviewed with a bulleted list of measures included in the recovery plan and a bibliography.

Seattle Aquarium - Orca Whale Background Information (PDF)
Background information, facts, descriptions, behaviors and sounds orcas make, geared for teachers and students.

Kids' Planet - Killer Whale Orcinus Orca
Defenders of Wildlife presents facts about orcas, their size, behaviors, lifespan, ranges, habitats, and offspring.

Animal Diversity Web - University of Michigan Museum of Zoology: Orca
Covers numerous facts about orcas, from geographic range to predation and ecosystem interactions, with a good bibliography.

Wild Whales - Killer Whales
Good descriptions of Northern and Southern Resident orcas, Transients and Offshores, with orca calls of each type of orca and a video showing some of their behaviors, with an excellent bibliography.

Arkive: Orca Fact File
Discussion of orca biology, habitat, threats and conservation needs, with some entrancing images.

Orca Research Trust
Founded by Dr. Ingrid N. Visser in 1992, Orca Research Trust was the first research project dedicated to orca in the South Pacific. On-going research includes photographic identification of individual orca, as well as behavioural observations.

North Pacific Universities Marine Mammal Research Consortium - What's in a Whistle?
Communications between transient killer whales vary depending on whether they are stalking prey or celebrating with full bellies. Readers can learn about how they talk to each other and how they use echolocation to navigate and find prey.

Understanding Whale Teeth
Scientists group all whales into two categories: toothed whales and baleen whales. As the names suggest, one type of whale has teeth. The other type has something very different, called baleen, instead of teeth.


Salmon/Habitat Links

Native Fish Society
Conservation, protection, preservation of Northwest native fishes.

Wild Fish Conservancy
Dedicated to the recovery and conservation of the regionís wild-fish ecosystems.

Wild Salmon Center
Promotes the conservation and sustainable use of wild salmon ecosystems across the Pacific Rim.

Salmon History
Salmon's story by Jim Lichatowich.

Shared Salmon Strategy
A groundbreaking collaborative initiative by Puget Sound communities to protect and restore salmon runs.

Long live the Kings!
Dedicated to restoring wild salmon and steelhead & supporting sustainable fishing in the Pacific NW.

Puget Sound Partnership
A state agency leading the cleanup of Puget Sound, based on science, actions that have the biggest impact, and holding people and organizations accountable for results.

Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission
Assists member tribes in their role as natural resources co-managers.

Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association
A community based non-profit dedicated to restoring wild salmon runs in Whatcom County.

Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group (SFEG)
Engages communities in habitat restoration and watershed stewardship in order to enhance salmon populations.

Alex Morton's Blog
The latest and the straightest developments in the Dept. of Wild Salmon's determined struggle to save wild salmon from diseased salmon feedlots.

Raincoast Conservation Society
A team of conservationists and scientists empowered by our research to protect the lands, waters and wildlife of coastal British Columbia.

Salmon Confidential, the Movie
Salmon Confidential is a film on the government cover up of what is killing BCís wild salmon.

NOAA Fisheries Puget Sound Chinook Recovery Plan
The Shared Strategy's plan and NOAA Fisheries' supplement comprise the Puget Sound Chinook Recovery Plan.

Save Our Wild Salmon
A diverse, nationwide coalition working together to restore wild salmon and steelhead to the Columbia and Snake Rivers Basin.

Heritage Courses Slides Collection - Northwest Natural History Courses for Teachers
Courses designed to offer teachers opportunities to explore a variety strategies that can enhance their students' learning by tapping in to the power of students' natural intelligence. The courses also offer lots of opportunities to develop natural history interpretation skills (as well as cycling, kayaking and hiking skills) as a means to enhance outdoor learning experiences for students.

Sound Action - Puget Sound Watchdog Group
Working to protect vital Puget Sound Ecosystems.

Friends of the San Juans
Protects and promotes the health and future of the San Juan Islands.

SEA-Inside: Pacific Northwest
A bimonthly TV journey to meet our neighbors who live under the surface of Pacific Northwest waters. You'll see surprising colors and contrasts, cold-water critters seldom seen on TV that look like they might have come from outerspace. These submarine neighbors are part of the same ecosystem we are -- we all share the same fate.

Whidbey Watershed Stewards
A community group working to restore, preserve, and protect watersheds and water quality on Whidbey Island in Washington State.

Greenbelt Consulting
Environmental assessment and consulting service designed to help property owners make informed decisions concerning their land, especially preserving shoreline habitat during development.

Salish Sea.ca
A project of the Veins of Life Watershed Society Marine Division, in cooperation with Environment Canada, SARA, and Fisheries and Oceans Canada, serves to raise awareness on issues concerning the waters of the Salish Sea.

US Environmental Protection Agency
Persistent Organic Pollutants: A Global Issue, A Global Response.

National Park Service
Elwha Fish Restoration.


Education/Advocacy Links

Earthjustice
A non-profit public interest law organization dedicated to protecting the magnificent places, natural resources, and wildlife of this earth, and to defending the right of all people to a healthy environment.

25 Best Ways to Conserve Water
Every drop counts.

Center for Biological Diversity
National U.S. group using science, law and creative media to protect the lands, waters and climate that species need to survive.

Orca Free
A beautifully crafted site full of helpful information about orcas.

International Marine Mammal Project
Earth Island Institute works to make oceans safe for marine mammals worldwide.

American Cetacean Society
The American Cetacean Society (ACS) is the oldest whale conservation group in the world. Founded in 1967, it is a non-profit, volunteer membership organization with regional U.S. chapters and members in 41 countries.

American Cetacean Society - Puget Sound
Listen to MP3 sound clips of killer whales (Orcinus orca) in Dye's Inlet, Washington recorded in November 1997 by Cetacean Research Technology owner, Joe Olson, using a Cetacean Research™ C20a2 hydrophone.

Killer Whale Tales
Environmental Science through storytelling.


Whale Sightings

Orca Network Sightings Network
Orca Network's Whale Sighting Network and Education Project encourages observation and increases awareness and knowledge about the Southern Resident Community of orcas (J, K and L pods), while fostering a stewardship ethic and motivateing a diverse audience to take action to protect and restore Puget Sound. To join the Orca Network Sighting Network and receive regular sightings updates, click HERE.

BC Cetacean Sightings Network
Also offers stewardship program, identification guides, and the natural history of killer whales and humpbacks.


Global Warming

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
More than 830 authors are involved in writing the reports. Several sets of Lead Author meetings have been held and the expert review of the Working Group contributions has been completed. The IPCC is now in the final stages of the review process.

US Environmental Protection Agency
Climate Change.

CO2Now.org
Global warming is mainly the result of CO2 levels rising in the Earthís atmosphere. Both atmospheric CO2 and climate change are accelerating. Climate scientists say we have years, not decades, to stabilize CO2 and other greenhouse gases.


Captivity Links

Blackfish the movie
A film that is changing public perceptions about holding orcas captive as entertainment; a fundamental examination and condemnation of our relationship to the natural world. The reality of exploitation for profit as revealed by current science and empathy.

Orca Home
A love of orcas, and the most comprehensive list of orcas who have died in captivity, all of them before their time.

Frontline: A Whale of a Business
A behind the scenes look at the captivity business, focused on Keiko. His rehabilitation and eventual release was the center of a controversy about keeping these intelligent animals in barren concrete tanks for our amusement.

Killer Controversy: Why Orcas Should No Longer be Kept in Captivity
Prepared by Naomi A. Rose, Ph.D., this document discusses the dangers of keeping orcas in captivity to both the animals and to the trainers who care for them. The report reviews concerns, such as high mortality rates of captive orcas, increased risk of infection, high mortality rates of infants, stress and increased aggression toward one another and humans. The document cites four human deaths since the first orca kept in captivity in 1964. These deaths are in comparison to zero deaths and only minor, non-intentional injury caused by orcas in the wild.

Miami SeaPrison
A fun and highly informative spoof on the Miami Seaquarium's website. Lots of great material here.

Lolita - Slave to Entertainment
All about, and how to get a copy of, the dramatic new Lolita documentary that spells out just how morally corrupt it is to keep Lolita confined in concrete in Miami when she could be safely and happily swimming back in her home waters.

Zoocheck Canada
"The public zoo as we know it today is basically a nineteenth century concept." -- David Hancocks

Cetacean Society International
An all-volunteer, non-profit conservation, education, and research organization based in the USA, with volunteer representatives in 26 countries around the world, dedicated to the preservation and protection of all cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) and the marine environment on a global basis.


News Links

Daily Sightline
A wonderful news service. Each morning links are provided for important news stories nationwide about Northwest watershed ecosystems.

Environmental News Service
Exactly what its name implies - a comprehensive overview of current news and information on decisions and forces at work affecting our natural world.


Photography Links

Canstock Photos/Orcas
Photos and graphics of orcas.

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