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Ways of Whales Workshop - 2016

Orca Network Ways of Whales Workshop 2016

Saturday, January 23rd, 2016 - 9:30 - 4:30
in Coupeville on beautiful Whidbey Island, WA.
Humpbacks, Orcas!
Live-stream recordings now available here.

Presentation 1:
10 - 10 :15am - The Great Salish Sea song ~ Dana Lyons
10:15 - 11 am - Lolita/Tokitae Campaign and Legal Update - Howard Garrett
Orca Network

After 20 years campaigning for Toki's return to her native waters and five years of intense legal efforts, new breakthoughs could bring her home, but it all depends on a better understanding of her inner nature and astounding capabilities.

Presentation 2:
11:15 - 12:05 pm - Not so Transient after all - 'Transient' killer whale use of the Salish Sea - Juliana Houghton
Emerging Leaders in Science & Society

Juliana describes research she led as an undergrad to analyze sightings (many Orca Network data points included!) to describe the recent spatial use and behavior of transient killer whales in the Salish Sea. These whales have been increasing their use of our local waters in recent years, likely due to increases in the populations of their marine

Presentation 3:
2:30 - 2:50 pm - Humpback Whales of the Salish Sea - Cascadia Research Update - John Calambokidis
Cascadia Research Collective, Olympia, WA

John will provide an update on the increasing occurrence of Humpback whales in the Salish Sea, with IDs and associated communities.

Presentation 4:
1:30 - 2:30 pm - North Pacific Humpback Whales - Past, Present & Future - Fred Sharpe, Ph.D
Alaska Whale Foundation

Like many other global populations, North Pacific humpback whales are recovering from commercial whaling. Those individuals that migrate to Hawaii number more than 10,000, yet remarkably, appear to be derived from a single maternal lineage, and are reputed to have colonized the Hawaiian Islands only within in the past 200 years. Sharpe's talk will delve into the mysteries of North Pacific humpbacks by sharing behavioral studies and a historical perspective that includes

Presentation 5:
- 3:10 - 4:00 pm - Center for Whale Research: 40+ years of Research, and More to Come - Dr. Deborah Giles
Center for Whale Research

This presentation will cover the history, present, and future of the Center for Whale Research, and observations of changes in cetaceans in the Salish Sea over these four decades. Exciting new studies for the coming year include partnering with Exeter University on research into menopause and social behaviors of Southern Resident orcas.

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.

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