About Orca Conservancy

Orca Conservancy (EIN: 91-1742694) is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3)
Washington State non-profit organization working on behalf of
Orcinus orca, the killer whale,
and protecting the wild places on which it depends

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Orca Conservancy collaborates with some of the world’s top research institutions and environmental groups to address the most critical issues now facing wild orcas. The organization’s urgent attention is on the endangered Southern Resident killer whales that inhabit the inland waters of Washington State and British Columbia.

These three pods, J-Pod, K-Pod and L-Pod, were decimated by the depletion of prey resources, the accumulation of marine toxins, and the destruction of salmon spawning and nearshore habitats, the nurseries of the Salish Sea. They continue to reel from the effects of the brutal orca capture era of the 1960s and ’70s, where some 57 whales were removed from the Southern and Northern Resident populations and sent to marine parks.

They risk being wiped by a catastrophic oil spill in the Salish Sea, or getting caught in the crossfire of military exercises. And they’re potentially threatened by vessels, particularly private boats not following guidelines established by the Pacific Whale Watch Association.

The organization’s people are leaders in safeguarding critical habitats, advocating creative oil-spill prevention and response measures, establishing better protocols for the Navy to protect sensitive marine life, and in working with whale watchers and scientists to help them create effective new guidelines for sustainable wildlife viewing.

Orca Conservancy is committed to the welfare of all whales and dolphins, and is an authoritative source for information on captive cetaceans and on-going studies on the feasibility of returning these remarkable animals to the wild.

Orca Conservancy – Who We Are:






Shari Tarantino –

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Dr. David Bain, PhD –
Vice President

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Tamara Kelley-Woods –






Ness Lennon –







Brian Calvert –
Board Director






Kelly Hayward –
Board Director | Education






Suzanne Perkins Newman –
Past Board President
Board Director | Outreach






Scott West –
Board Director | Enforcement

Steve Christianson, Environmental Law Advisor

Stephanie Jones, Volunteer

Founded on March 20,1996 as the Tokitae Foundation. The organization officially changed its name to ORCA CONSERVANCY on July 24, 2000.

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