Celebrate Orca Recovery Day this October!
Southern Resident orcas rely on their main food source, the endangered Chinook salmon, to survive. But because of habitat loss, climate change, and increased pollution, it has become even more difficult for migrating salmon to make the journey to their home streams to create new fish. In order to save orcas, we must start with their main food source: salmon.
What is Orca Recovery Day?
In response to the increasing need to help our orcas, Washington conservation districts created Orca Recovery Day.
This is an intentional day of action to restore habitat, reduce stormwater pollution, and educate the public about things they can do every day to help one of the Pacific Northwest's most iconic species.
Sign up for one of the volunteer events below and make a difference!
Helpin' Out for Orca Recovery Day @ Former Wayne Golf Course
Hosted by Whale Scout in partnership with City of Bothell, Orca Conservancy, OneBothell, Trammell Crow Company, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, King County Flood Control District, King County Wastewater Treatment Division, and Puget Sound Conservation Districts
When: Saturday, October 15
Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: 16721 96th Ave NE, Bothell, WA 98011 (Directions)
Plant a riparian forest along the Sammamish River! Celebrate Orca Recovery Day by planting trees and shrubs to help shade the waters salmon use to migrate from spawning streams and back from the ocean. These fish are critical prey for endangered Southern Resident killer whales. Healthy riparian forests control erosion of river banks and host insects young salmon need early in life. The former Wayne Golf Course features nearly a mile of shoreline and is the largest City of Bothell park. Planting will take place on the west side or “front nine.”
Funds for this project were provided by a donation from the Trammell Crow Company. Volunteer and enjoy educational booths and activities from partner organizations including OneBothell, Orca Conservancy, Whale Scout, and the City of Bothell Surface Water department.
Consider signing up your household for a fun, educational, family outing. Those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult, under 18 need a signed release form by a parent. Meet at the clubhouse parking area. Please sign up, as there is a participation limit for safety. A confirmation email will be sent to you 2-3 days prior to the event.
Bonus: Highlights will include an appearance by Mike, the life-sized inflatable orca, information about the salmon restoration project in the planning stages on the east side of the park, an orca scientist ready to answer all your questions, a fun activity for kids to learn about the salmon lifecycle, and snacks!
Orca Recovery Day Habitat Restoration at Wallace Swamp Creek Park
When: Saturday, October 15
Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: 19851 73rd Ave NE, Kenmore, WA 98028 (Directions) *Find us just north of the parking lot off 73rd Ave NE, either across the meadow or along 73rd Ave NE
Join Sno-King Watershed Council, in partnership with the City of Kenmore, for Orca Recovery Day habitat restoration at Wallace Swamp Creek. We may be clipping Himalayan blackberry canes, digging blackberry root balls, hauling mulch, or digging other non-native invasive plants. We hope to plant some trees!
Families and all ages are welcome! Volunteers under 18, please bring a parent or guardian with you. Come when you can and stay as long you are able. Dress for wet and muddy conditions and/or heat (depending on the season). Layers and sunscreen are good!
Please bring a mask (just in case), water bottle, work gloves, and your favorite tool (clipper/shovel) if you would like to use it. We will have tools and extra work gloves to share.
RSVPs not required, but are helpful for planning. Have questions? Ready to RSVP? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Orca Recovery Day Volunteer Event @ Shelton View Forest
When: Sunday, October 16
Time: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Join the Shelton View Forest Stewardship Association in celebrating Orca Recovery Day! Urban forests play a critical role in protecting salmon and endangered Southern Resident killer whales. Forests are expert water filters. They clean the water before it enters our salmon-bearing streams. Forests provide shade and reduce overall temperatures in cities, which is important because salmon need cool water. Forests also help to prevent erosion and flooding by stabilizing soil and absorbing excess water. All these functions and more help to protect our local watersheds, salmon, and orca.
Volunteers will be planting trees, removing litter and invasive weeds, and mulching trails in Shelton View Forest.
Dress to work outside. Bring your own water, snacks, and work gloves. We will provide clean tools and gloves to those who need them.