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Meet the Arctic’s New Top Predator … Killer Whales

        By  David Kirby There's no doubt that melting sea ice in Hudson Bay is threatening endangered polar bears, but it might also be harmful to beluga whales, seals, narwhals and other marine mammals, scientists are warning. The reason? Melting ice caused by climate change is carving huge swaths of open water for longer periods of time, providing Atlantic killer whales more access to the bay and its rich stocks of prey. "There has been an increase in the duration of open water by about 35 percent in the last 10 to 15 years and killer whales…

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Pipeline expansion worries some on behalf of Southern Resident orcas

Environmental activists from the United States and Canada are expressing concerns over a newly approved expansion of a Canadian oil pipeline, saying it could threaten the Puget Sound’s southern resident orcas. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in November approved the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, which would drastically increase the amount of oil being transported from the oil sands in Alberta to Burnaby, B.C., a city just east of Vancouver. “It definitely will be a Canadian Standing Rock,” said Paul Magid, a member of the Jefferson County Stand with Standing Rock caravan, which recently returned from protests of the…

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PRESS RELEASE: Cantwell Urges President Obama to Engage Canada on Trans Mountain Pipeline, Protect US Waters, Economy

Cantwell Urges President Obama to Engage Canada on Trans Mountain Pipeline, Protect US Waters, Economy  Cantwell: US lacks “the necessary oil spill prevention and response technologies” to clean up tar sands oil spill See Full Letter Here WASHINGTON, D.C.  – In a letter to President Barack Obama, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) urged the president to take action regarding Canada’s approval of the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project. Specifically, the letter asks President Obama to directly engage with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and call on the Canadian government to ensure adequate protections are in place to mitigate oil spill risk…

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NOTICE: Final Determination Cherry Point Environmental Aquatic Reserve Boundary Modification

SEPA File No. 16-11401 Determination of Non-significance (DNS) This threshold determination is hereby: RETAINED.  

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#GivingTuesday!! November 29, 2016

#GivingTuesday is THIS Tuesday, November 29! It's an international day of giving. Everyone, anywhere, can participate! Learn more at: www.givingtuesday.org  and support Orca Conservancy on Giving Tuesday at: orcaconservancy.org/donate/  Orca Conservancy's continued work assisting with the recovery of the endangered Southern Resident killer whales matter. Now more than ever. Your tax-deductible donation will help us continue to: 1. safeguard critical habitats 2. advocate for creative oil-spill prevention and response measures 3. restore salmon spawning and nearshore habitats 4. ensure stronger fisheries management 5. outreach, education, events and public speaking Support Orca Conservancy with a tax-deductible contribution of $50 or more on #GivingTuesday and…

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Support Orca Conservancy when you shop on Black Friday and Cyber Monday

As a 501c3 non-profit in Washington State, we absolutely need your support to continue our work assisting with the recovery of the critically endangered Southern Resident killer whales. Now more than ever. Please check out the Orca Conserancy BLOG to review the work we've accomplished, our victories, as well as some of the projects we  are currently working on. This holiday, please consider supporting Orca Conservancy when you shop on Black Friday and Cyber Monday by clicking the image below.  Thank you! 

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Orca Conservancy supports the Cherry Point Environmental Aquatic Reserve Boundary Modification

ORCA CONSERVANCY SUPPORTS THE CHERRY POINT ENVIRONMENTAL AQUATIC RESERVE BOUNDARY MODIFICATION Forage fish, specifically, Pacific herring (Clupea pallasi), surf smelt (Hypomesus pretiosus), and Pacific sand lance (Ammodytes hexapterus), are small schooling fishes that form a critical link in the marine food web between zooplankton and larger fish and wildlife consumers. Status of forage fish populations can be an indicator of the health and productivity of nearshore systems. In short - Forage Fish = Salmon = Orca

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Old Thom Appears – Again – in the Bay of Fundy

Old Thom was spotted again! Here he is approximately 17 nautical miles NW of Petite Passage in the Bay of Fundy. Captain Brent Hebb, on Canadian Fishing Vessel 'Atlantic Mist' (home port is Metegan, Nova Scotia), took these images, and video (below) this morning from his trawler as Old Thom took to scratching himself on the towing warps.  This particular orca is affectionately known as “Old Thom,” a male who is about 30 feet long and weighs eight tons, age unknown. And he’s known for being spotted in unusual places. He has been sighted by researchers in 2014 and 2015…

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2016 Population Update – Southern Resident Killer Whales

As of October 29, 2016 the endangered Southern Resident killer whale population stands at 81 members across the three pods (J-Pod, K-Pod and L-Pod). J-Pod=27, K-Pod=19, L-Pod=35 According to the Center for Whale Research, the following whales have been listed as missing and/or presumed deceased: L95 - Born in 1996, the 20-year-old male southern resident killer whale was found dead near Esperanza Inlet, B.C. on March 30, 2016. History: On February 24, 2016, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), was able to deploy a satellite tag on L95 off LaPush, Oregon. Subsequently, an expert panel determined that a fungal infection entered the orca's…

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Orca Conservancy opposes the Bay of Fundy Tidal Turbine Project / Minas Passage

Orca Conservancy’s urgent concern is directed to the harbour porpoises that frequent Minas Passage/Basin, Nova Scotia, Canada. Phocoena phocoena is an abundant small cetacean in the Northwest Atlantic, and as such, is an important top predator. It is also one of the most threatened species, particularly as a consequence of fishery by-catch. Harbour porpoises are listed by the Committee on the Status of  Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) as a species of special concern and represent the most commonly occurring species of cetacean in Minas Passage/Basin, seen year-round in small pods. It should go without saying... Orca Conservancy absolutely supports 'green alternative' energy. What…

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