Better Ground

Orca Recovery Day

When it comes to the fight for our orcas, we all have something to bring to the table.

In 2018, the world watched as Tahlequah, a Southern Resident Killer Whale, carried her dead calf for 17 days, travelling almost 1,000 miles off the Pacific Northwest coast before letting go. Tahlequah isn’t the first grieving orca mother- unfortunately, hers was one of many calf deaths across the past two decades. According to the Center for Whale Research, approximately 75 percent of newborns in the Southern Resident killer whale population have not survived.

2020 looked a little different.

In 2020, we brought #OrcaRecoveryDay to your home. We asked that you be a part of the solution by joining countless others who are creating habits and taking steps to make a better, healthier environment than the one we have now.

Every action taken mattered for the Eco Challenge teams, but most importantly they showed our collective impact and inspired others to join the effort. Read the summary on the button below.

For 2021, we hope to have some in-person events.

The regional committee has begun to discuss options for the fall of  2021. Thanks for your interest and check back to learn what those activities and events may be.

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With just over 70 individuals left, we must act now if we’re going to save the most iconic species of the Pacific Northwest.

In 2019, Governor Jay Inslee declared October 19 as Orca Recovery Day.

Last year’s impact spread across across Washington, British Columbia, Oregon, and California. Even if you didn’t attend an event, there’s plenty you can do to save the orca in your yard, land, and community.