Join Orca Network in Celebrating Orca Awareness Month with a Party and Book Launch

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Orca Network – Connecting whales and people in the Pacific Northwest
Orca Network is dedicated to raising awareness about the whales of the Pacific Northwest,
and the importance of providing them healthy and safe habitats. Projects include the Whale Sighting Network and Education Programs, the Free Lolita Campaign, and the Central Puget Sound Marine Mammal Stranding Network.

JUNE IS ORCA AWARENESS MONTH – Learn more about Orca Month and other activities happening during June to celebrate our orcas at or .

For the fifth year Governor Gregoire has officially proclaimed June 2011 as Orca Awareness Month in Washington State, to raise awareness of the endangered Southern Resident orcas, and the salmon and clean, safe habitats they need to survive. Organizations around the Salish Sea are celebrating by sponsoring orca-related events and activities to share information about the amazing Southern Residents, and to celebrate the joy of the return of these orcas to the Salish Sea. This year the focus of Orca Month is J1, Ruffles, the eldest of the Southern Resident male orcas, and most well known because of his tall, wavy dorsal fin. J1 has not been sighted with J pod since November 2010, and is believed to have died.
Orca Network is celebrating Orca Month on Friday June 17th with an evening of music, dance, food, and drink at the Recreation Hall, 901 NW Alexander St, Coupeville, Whidbey Island, WA, from 5 – 11 pm.
The evening begins with a book launch celebration from 5 – 7 pm to celebrate the newly printed “Orcas in our Midst, volume 3” by Howard Garrett of Orca Network. Howard will be on hand to sign copies of the book and do a short talk about the book, the orcas, and Orca Month. This portion of the evening also features acoustic music by the very talented singer/songwriter Nathaniel Talbot (listen in at, and offers a great “after-work” opportunity to stop by for a visit, enjoy some food and drink; and to pick up a copy of the new book and celebrate Orca Month with us.
Then at 7 pm we bring on the rocking blues with Coyote and the Henhouse Raiders for an evening of dancing to some great music for a worthy cause. Coyote and the Henhouse Raiders plays “tasty rock, cookin’ blues, footstompin’ roadhouse, with a dollop o’ funk” music that makes you want to DANCE! Find them on Facebook to listen to a sampling of their music.
Admission is $15 at the door, which includes a complimentary copy of the new “Orcas in our Midst” book, free snacks, and Mussels, pasta salad, wine and beer available for purchase throughout the evening.

Photo by Dave Ellifrit

Orca Network is a 501 c-3 nonprofit organization, dedicated to raising awareness about the whales of the Pacific Northwest, and the importance of providing them healthy and safe habitats. Projects include our Whale Sighting Network, Education programs, and the campaign to retire Lolita from the Miami Seaquarium back to her home waters in Washington.
For more information, contact Orca Network at: or 360.678.3451, or check out our website , or find us on Facebook and Twitter.
Susan Berta & Howard Garrett
Orca  Network

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