Grant program supports orca projects

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is taking proposals for grant funding to support orca whale conservation through its Killer Whale Research and Conservation Program.

Since its start in 2015, the program has invested about $1.9 million in orca conservation, primarily through research and restoration to help the endangered southern resident orcas that live in the Salish Sea.

The grant program supports work to increase food for the orcas — primarily chinook salmon — as well as improve habitat and fill research gaps.

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Monique Keiran: Our orcas are running out of time

A handful of families on the coast live in appalling conditions. Heavy industry and traffic have taken over their neighbourhoods. They now live amid significant pollution, and endure high risk of accidents on the busy byways cutting through their communities.

Healthy food has become hard to find in their neighbourhoods and is costly to obtain. Pregnancies often end badly. Few babies survive their first years. Even adults face increased risk of dying early.

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Future of endangered whales is black and white

June is Orca Awareness Month in the Pacific Northwest. Officially declared in Washington several years ago, Oregon and British Columbia joined unofficially last year, and it’s a good thing they did. Orcas are in serious and life-altering danger, with seven adult southern resident killer whales lost last year, including the 105-year-old matriarch known as Granny.

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It’s Orca Month! Celebrating Endangered Southern Residents

June is Orca Awareness Month, a time to show appreciation for our beloved orcas and to encourage a culture of stewardship to protect these majestic animals and their fragile habitat. A goal of this year’s Orca Month is to raise awareness of how the very waters that the orcas call home are posing a serious threat to their survival. This unique population faces a barrage of pressures in these troubled waters including toxic pollution, underwater noise disturbance, oil spills, and above all, a lack of their main prey: Chinook salmon.

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