Orca Network Ways of Whales Workshop presentations - 2013

Photo: Jill Hein
Photos by Jill Hein from the 2013 Ways of Whales Workshop in Coupeville, January 26.

"Return of the River" presentation about the Elwha River dam removal
John Gussman: Director/Cinematographer; Jessica Plumb: Producer/Writer/Lead Editor. "Return of the River" is a film about the largest dam removal project in history, currently unfolding on the Olympic Peninsula. The filmmakers screen a sample of work in progress (not shown), and discuss their experience on the Elwha River over the past year. Fundamentally, the film is about people and their relationship to the ecosystem they call home. Videography by Richard Snowberger
Q&A with John Gussman and Jessica Plumb about "Return of the River"

"Of Whales and Men, Ocean Pollution in the 21st Century."
Dr. Peter Ross, Research Scientist/Marine mammal toxicologist, Fisheries and Oceans, Canada
The discovery that killer whales in the NE Pacific Ocean are some of the most contaminated mammals in the world raises important questions about the source of these contaminants, the risks they present to these cetaceans, and the future integrity of their habitat. Videography by Richard Snowberger.
completion of Dr. Peter Ross' "Of Whales and Men, Ocean Pollution in the 21st Century."

"Adaptive Prolonged Postreproductive Life Span in Killer Whales"
"Adaptive Prolonged Postreproductive Life Span in Killer Whales" (2012) by Emma Foster, et al., describes menopause in orcas and the lifelong bonds between orca mothers and their sons in the So. and No. Resident orca communities. Emma's paper is presented by Howard Garrett at the Ways of Whales Workshop in Coupeville, Whidbey Island, Jan. 26, 2012, sponsored by Orca Network. Videography by Richard Snowberger.

"Tracking transient killer whales and humpback whales of the Salish Sea using individual photo-identification"
Mark Malleson shares a selection of images from his encounters that have helped to document the presence of transient killer whales and the repopulation of humpback whales in these inside waters, and discusses who has influenced and inspired him over the years to enable him to collect data on whales that use the Salish Sea. Taped at the Ways of Whales Workshop in Coupeville, WA, sponsored by Orca Network. Videography by Austin Sines.

"Latest effort to remove Endangered Species Act Protection from Southern Resident killer whales – a misguided effort"
In 2012 a legal foundation filed a petition to remove the Southern Resident orca population from its status as endangered under the ESA. Steve Mashuda is leading a legal and scientific coalition to make sure that doesn't happen. Here he presents some background and arguments for keeping the SRs listed at the 2013 Ways of Whales Workshop, in Coupeville WA on January 26, 2013, sponsored by Orca Network. Videography by Austin Sines.

"Responding to the Threat of Oil Spills to Southern Resident Killer Whales in U.S. Waters"
Don Noviello, Oil Spill Planning and Response Specialist, WA Dept of Fish and Wildlife, shares response planning efforts undertaken by WA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife to protect endangered Southern Resident orcas from the threat of oil spills. Presented at Ways of Whales, January 26, in Coupeville WA, sponsored by Orca Network. Videography by Richard Snowberger.

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