485 Labella Vista Way
Freeland WA 98249
Ansprechpartner: Susan Berta
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Orca Network is a nonprofit organization, founded in November 2001, located on Whidbey Island, WA. Orca Network is dedicated to raising awareness about the whales of the Pacific Northwest, and the importance of providing them healthy and safe habitats.
Orca Network finds ways for people to work together to protect the rich, beautiful, diverse habitats and inhabitants of Puget Sound.
Participants on the network include researchers, government agencies, boaters, whale watchers, naturalists, environmental groups, students, media, elected officials, and concerned citizens. Through daily email reports, educational programs, and a dynamic website, participants in the network become more aware of the issues threatening our orcas and the greater Puget Sound ecosystem.
Learning about these issues “through the eyes of an orca” inspires and motivates people to help clean up Puget Sound and protect and preserve our orcas and salmon.
Projects include the Whale Sighting Network and Education Programs, the Free Lolita Campaign, and the Central Puget Sound Marine Mammal Stranding Network.
• The purpose of Orca Network's Whale Sighting Network and Education Project is to encourage shoreline observation and increase awareness and knowledge about the Southern Resident Community of orcas (J, K and L pods), and foster a stewardship ethic and motivate a diverse audience to take action to protect and restore Puget Sound. Through the Sighting Network, reports of whales are gathered and emailed to network participants, and posted on our website. Orca Network collects whale reports through our hotline, website, and emails, and disseminates them to thousands of people on a daily basis, providing data for researchers and sighting locations and information to encourage shore-based whale watching.
• The Central Puget Sound Marine Mammal Stranding Network: To educate the public and respond to marine mammal stranding in Puget Sound, Washington. Investigations into the cause of death of stranded marine mammals enable us to provide important information to researchers and NOAA Fisheries on the health of our marine mammals and their ocean habitat. Provides volunteer training, stranding response, and public education for Marine Mammal stranding.
• The Free Lolita Project: Lolita is a member of the Southern Resident orca community and was captured off Whidbey Island, WA in 1970. She has since lived at the Miami Seaquarium in a small tank, and is the only surviving member of the 45 orcas taken from J, K and L pods during the 1960’s and 70’s. This project is an educational campaign to free Lolita from her small tank at the Miami Seaquarium, and bring her back home to her family (Southern Resident orcas)in the wild.
Susan Berta is the Co-founder, Volunteer/Event Coordinator and Treasurer of the Board of Orca Network.
For other net participants we can offer an expert guidance through trained staff, give an expert opinion, procure expert information and establish new contacts in the field of our work.