Come Talk To Researchers On Whale Subjects And Dam Removal Saturday January 23rd, 2010

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Photo by Jonathon Scordino (Courtesy Orca Network)

The 2010 Ways of Whales Workshop features the most recent and interesting research on Southern Resident orcas, and will also include wonderful photos and stories about the whales, how they relate to each other, and how they are much like us in many ways.

This year’s presentations include:

Dr. Mike Ford of NOAA Fisheries on recent Southern Resident Orca DNA paternity research. Who are the fathers within the Southern Resident Orca Community? Come hear the latest scandalous news about our favorite stud, J1, and other interesting facts this research has unearthed.

Dr. Fred Sharpe of the Alsaka Whale Foundation will wow and entertain us with stories and photos of his insightful research on the feeding habits of humpbacks in SE Alaska, including cooperative bubble net feeding. If you’ve not had the opportunity to meet Fred or hear him speak, don’t miss it – and if you have heard him speak, we know you’ll want to hear him again!

Howard Garrett of Orca Network will present an update on the status of the Southern Resident orcas, and a quick “Orca 101” to set the stage for the day.

Elwha River Dam (Creative Commons Photo)

The day will end with an expert Dam Panel, including Michael Garrity Washington State Conservation Director for American Rivers, Robert Elofson, River Restoration Director for the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, Steve Mashuda, attorney in the Northwest office of Earthjustice, and Dean Butterworth, Outreach and Education Specialist for Olympic National Park, to discuss the important issues of salmon and habitat restoration, and keeping our Resident orcas fed.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

9 am – 4:30 pm

Coupeville Middle School Performing Arts Center

501 S. Main St, Coupeville

Whidbey Island, WA

Cost of the workshop is $25, to cover space rental, expenses etc.

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