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One step closer to more salmon for endangered Southern Resident orcas

Southern Resident orcas face second loss this year

The Center for Whale Research (CWR) made the sad determination yesterday that 2-year old Sonic (J52) is now deceased.  This is the second death for the critically endangered Southern Resident orca population this year, after a summer in which they were barely seen in their usual summer habitat.  This unique and fragile population now has…

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#MigrationNation – Salmon and Clean Energy

The four Lower Snake River dams have impeded access to salmon’s historic spawning grounds for decades.  Removing these dams is the best chance to help restore this vital salmon run, an important food source to the critically endangered Southern Resident orcas.  In this week’s #MigrationNation, we’re sharing an op-ed from our partners in the Northwest…

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Matriarch of Southern Resident orca community missing

In troubling news out of the Pacific Northwest, the Center for Whale Research announced this week that one of the critically endangered Southern Resident orcas, Samish (J14) is missing and is presumed dead.  Samish is a 42-year-old matriarch in J pod, well-known to orca researchers and whale watchers in the area.  For these tightly-knit, family-oriented…

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