Saving the Orcas, One Bottle at a Time – Share Your Ideas With Us

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Buy a case of their Orca Series wine during June, party with your friends, and Hoodsport will donate $3.00 to orca conservation causes.

If you can’t make it to the birthday picnic commemorating the 100th  birthday of the Southern Resident orca member Granny (J-2) next weekend, maybe you can get together with friends, buy a case of  Hoodsport wine  by June 30th and raise a glass in her honor.
It can be difficult to get to Friday Harbor on a holiday weekend – actually, it can be a downright harrowing experience – the ferries fill quickly, and traffic jams in outlying areas can throw even the best laid plans under the bus.  (So if you come, try to leave your car on the mainland, and take the island shuttle to the whale park for the picnic.)
But the celebration of this iconic whale’s life is about how much has changed over the last century, and maybe the best way to mark the occasion is to pause and consider what you can do to make a difference going forward into the next 100 years.
The Center for Whale Research blog has set up a blog post to share birthday messages, ideas, tips, thoughts, dreams, opinions;  and for you to tell us about artwork, photos, videos, podcasts, kids’ art, school projects – really anything that relates to saving the endangered orcas of the Salish Sea.

To get you started, here is Granny the orca’s birthday wish list:

  1. More salmon, especially Chinook salmon (Can you help with stream restoration?  Refuse to buy farmed salmon?  Support organizations such as Save Our Wild Salmon?)
  2. Less noise ( The oceans have become very noisy with our ships, navy sonar, and boats – how do we limit this?)
  3. Tidy up the beaches (Much of the junk that comes in with the tide is picked up and carried out again, can you help with beach clean-up, or removal of ‘ghost nets’ (fishing nets that have broken free and continue to trap marine life)?
  4. Get the chemicals out of the ecosystem – this is probably the biggest and most complex problem, but you can help by making sure that you don’t contribute to future contaminants by disposing of chemicals appropriately.
  5. Share your talents and energy in your community– Can you write songs, perform theater, are you a doctor or dentist etc with tvs in your waiting room that can show videos of the oceans?  Are you an athlete willing to organize a run/bike ride/swim/ski event?  A teacher or a parent involved in school events?

You matter, and in a big way – from bake sales for your chosen cause to innovative inventions, your contributions are important!

Photo by Dave Ellifrit, Center for Whale Research

“I hope for your help to explore and protect the wild ocean in ways that will restore the health and, in so doing, secure hope for humankind. Health to the ocean means health for us.”  Sylvia Earle (oceanographer)

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