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Ways of Whales Workshop - 2015

Orca Network Ways of Whales Workshop 2015 presentations

All photos by Sara Hysong-Shimazu

Ways of Whales Workshop
Saturday, January 24th, 2015 - 9:30 - 4:30
in Coupeville on beautiful Whidbey Island, WA.

Blues, Grays, Humpbacks, Orcas and Dolphins!

Ways of Whales brings together the best researchers in the region to discuss cetaceans of the Salish Sea, how they are faring, and the latest research and actions to help cetaceans, their prey and their habitats.

This workshop is for anyone who loves whales and wants to learn more, with each session covering a different topic/species, and all presentations geared toward a diverse audience.

We are grateful for the all who attended, to the great presenters in the videos below, to the volunteers who made it all happen, and to Richard Snowberger for taping the entire event.

The links to all the videos are on the titles below.

Welcome to Ways of Whales Workshop 2015

Dana Lyons at Ways of Whales 2015

Dana Lyons is a folk music and alternative rock musician from Bellingham, Washington. He was born in Kingston, New York and graduated from Swarthmore College in 1982. He is known for his environmentalist song "Our State Is a Dumpsite," which was actually the subject of a serious proposal in the Washington legislature during the 1980s to be made the official state song. He went on to perform music for the environmental group Earth First! and to record an album of children's music, At Night They Howl at the Moon before releasing the song he is most famous for, "Cows With Guns," on the album of the same title, in 1996. Lyons is the author of the children's book The Tree (2002). Jane Goodall penned the foreword and David Danioth is responsible for the illustrations. He also wrote "Circle the World," a song which was inspired by Jane Goodall's idea for people around the world to make peace dove puppets that can glide every September 21.

Howard Garrett at Ways of Whales 2015 - Updates
Howard Garrett, Orca Network, Whidbey Island, WA
Howard Garrett received his degree in Sociology from The Colorado College in 1980, and began his lifelong study of orca natural history with the Center for Whale Research in 1981. He acted as naturalist for whale watching excursions in the San Juan Islands and New England until 1993, where he wrote New England Whales. In 1995 he founded The Tokitae Foundation, dedicated to returning the orca Lolita, first called Tokitae, to her native waters in the Pacific Northwest. In 1996 Garrett wrote Orcas In Our Midst, a booklet oriented toward middle-school students. Volume 2 of Orcas In Our Midst was published in 2005, and Volume 3, Residents and Transients - How Did That Happen? was published in 2011. Garrett wrote a description of "Animal Culture" for the Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior, and a chapter about the rescue of the solitary orca A73 (Springer), in Between Species. He cofounded Orca Network in November 2001 with his wife Susan Berta to provide education about the orcas of the Salish Sea and advocacy for habitat protection and restoration. Howard is board president of Orca Network.

Ken Balcomb at Ways of Whales 2015
Kenneth Balcomb, Center for Whale Research, San Juan Island, WA
Ken obtained his Bachelor's degree in Zoology in 1963 from UC Davis and soon after was employed by the US government as Field Biologist GS5-7, first in eastern Pacific large whale research and later in central Pacific marine bird research. During the Vietnam era, he was a commissioned US Navy pilot and oceanographic specialist. He then did his graduate studies at UC Santa Cruz with Dr. Ken Norris, the world famous marine mammal biologist. While a graduate student, Ken conducted Humpback whale research in the North Atlantic with colleague Dr. Steve Katona and taught marine biology aboard r/v Regina Maris for Dr. George Nichols of ORES and Harvard University. Ken is a pioneer in photo-identification of cetaceans and is the founder of Orca Survey (1976), a study of Pacific Northwest Southern Resident Killer Whales (Orcas). He founded the nonprofit Center for Whale Research in 1985 and is its volunteer Executive Director, and employed Senior Scientist. Ken is a Charter Member of the Society for Marine Mammalogy.

Ken Balcomb Q & A at Ways of Whales 2015

John Durban at Ways of Whales 2015 part 1
Size matters: using photogrammetry to monitor length, growth and body condition for conservation of Resident killer whales ~ John Durban, NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center
Dr. Durban will give an overview of his research and collaborations using photogrammetry to fill key data gaps that currently constrain conservation of northern and southern resident killer whales in the US and Canada; specifically measuring length, growth and body condition to assess whether the abundance of their Chinook salmon prey is low enough to cause nutritional stress. Over the last 10 years this has involved the use of laser-metrics from small boats to assess growth trends, aerial photogrammetry from a helicopter to measure full body length and size-at-age relationships, and novel work using a small unmanned hexacopter to infer body condition from whale shape. This work addresses key elements of conservation and recovery plans in both the US and Canada aimed at maintaining an adequate food supply for these protected populations.
NEW PODCAST***Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Offers a New View of Killer Whales***
Websites on NR and SR photogrammetry:

John Durban at Ways of Whales part 2 + Q & A

Erin Ashe at Ways of Whales
Erin Ashe, Oceans Initiative, Pearse Island, BC, Canada
Erin Ashe is a PhD candidate at the University of St Andrews, Scotland and cofounder of the research and conservation nonprofit, Oceans Initiative. The primary focus of Erin's research is the ecology of Pacific white-sided dolphins. Erin uses photo-identification and acoustics to learn more about the conservation status of these fascinating dolphins. Erin also works on a number of cetacean conservation projects including southern resident killer whales, Marine Protected Areas, the impact of ocean noise on marine mammals, and low-cost surveys to assess conservation status.

John Calambokidis at Ways of Whales 2015 - part 1
John Calambokidis, Cascadia Research Collective, Olympia, WA
John Calambokidis is a Senior Research Biologist and one of the founders of Cascadia Research Collective, a nonprofit research organization formed in 1979 based in Olympia, Washington. He periodically (1991-2013) serves as an Adjunct Faculty at the Evergreen State College teaching a course on marine mammals. His primary interests are the biology of marine mammals and the impacts of humans. He has served as Project Director of over 100 projects. He has authored two books on marine mammals (on blue whales and a guide to marine mammals) as well as more than 150 publications in scientific journals and technical reports. He has conducted studies on a variety of marine mammals in the North Pacific from Central America to Alaska. He serves as Project Manager of the Southern California Behavioral Response Study and has directed long-term research on the status, movements, and underwater behavior of blue, humpback, and gray whales. Some of his recent research has included attaching tags to whales with suction cups to examine their feeding behavior and vocalizations. His work has been covered on shows by National Geographic and others. In 2012 he received the American Cetacean Society's John Heyning Award for Lifetime Achievement in Marine Mammal Science.
John Calambokidis at Ways of Whales 2015 - part 2

John Calambokidis at Ways of Whales 2015 - part 3

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