Category Archives: whales

Southern Resident Killer Whales Need More Protection – Expanded Critical Habitat is Needed Now!

The time is now to expand the Southern Residents’ critical habitat! If they are to survive and recover to healthy, self sustaining populations, they have to have the places they live and feed protected, reduced toxins in their waters, ample salmon as a food source, and reduced sound levels for communication.

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Orcas, Salmon and Rivers – A Life Giving Linkage

Rivers and salmon are an easy linkage to understand—no water, no salmon. However, what we now know is that some orcas—specifically the Southern Resident orcas of Puget Sound and the Pacific coast—are directly linked to salmon for survival. The connections between wild Pacific salmon, endangered orcas (also known as killer whales), and a great western river make a compelling case for changing how we think about the oceans, rivers, and the creatures that inhabit them. We’ll look at this more… Continue reading

Those Dammed Salmon — Set them Free!

So… I was not anticipating being so touched by a movie about dams. How moving could that possibly be? Very moving, as it turns out. The people behind Stoecker Ecological, Felt Soul Media and Patagonia knew what they were doing when they made DamNation. If you haven’t seen it, set aside an evening very soon, get the movie on Netflix, pop some popcorn, and gather the kids around–yes, even the kids. The movie is that good. There was a time… Continue reading

Hungry, Hungry Whales

I admit that I’m totally charmed by orcas. But I know I’m not alone. What is it about those glossy black and white creatures? Do we see in them a reflection of us? Is our bond with orcas more apparent than with other animals? I guess it doesn’t hurt that orcas are essentially big dolphins — very big (think of the difference between a smart car and two tractor-trailers). Orcas are social creatures, interacting with each other in complex and… Continue reading

To Save Endangered Species, Everyone Has a Role to Play

By Julie Fox Gorte Species of all shapes and sizes, including many large, charismatic mammals, such as tigers and elephants, are in a heap of trouble all over the globe—in most cases thanks to us. Unlike other species, people are capable of transforming the entire planet: We are living in the Anthropocene, an age in which Homo sapiens determines the fate of most of the other species on the planet. One-fourth of Earth’s species could be driven to extinction by… Continue reading

Driftnets: California’s Deadliest Catch

This post is a guest blog from Todd Steiner, Executive Director of the Endangered Species Coalition member group Turtle Island Restoration Network. They are working with other conservation groups to support legislation in California that would put an end to the use of drift gillnets, a commercial fishing technique responsible for enormous amounts of bycatch and the death and injury of many marine species. You can view their factsheet here (.pdf) CALIFORNIA’S DEADLIEST CATCH: The Secret Driftnet Fishery for Swordfish… Continue reading

Congress considering oil spill response legislation

This week, Congress is considering the a bill to address the Gulf oil spill and prevent the next offshore oil disaster. The Clean Energy Jobs and Oil Spill Accountability Plan will strengthen safety and environmental regulations for drilling, invest in energy efficiency and fund land and water conservation programs. A strong oil spill response bill would prevent offshore oil disasters by improving oversight of oil and gas drilling off our coasts. This is an incredibly important opportunity to demand stronger… Continue reading

Good news for whales

Good news for whales throughout the world!  Earlier this week, the International Whaling Commission rejected a proposal to overturn the international ban on commerical whaling. For nearly a quarter century, the International Whaling Commission’s moratorium on commercial whaling has helped keep endangered species of whales from being hunted to extinction. The moratorium has been integral to the slow recovery of several species of whale once on the brink of extinction. The U.S. statement at the International Whaling Commission affirmed their… Continue reading