Southern Resident Killer Whale ESA Recovery Plan Implementation - Education & Outreach

Public attitudes are a major part of the success or failure of conservation efforts for most endangered species, especially those occurring near major population centers. Killer whales already enjoy widespread popularity among much of the public living in coastal regions of western North America, but much remains to be done to publicize the plight of the Southern Resident population and to discourage potentially harmful human activities. Many organizations are involved in enhancing public awareness, educating the public on actions they can take to conserve killer whales, and improving public reporting of sightings and strandings. The recovery plan encourages these efforts:

3. Develop public information and education programs.

West Coast Region Killer Whale High School Curriculum

The Whale Museum Link to a non-government website

Seattle Aquarium Link to a non-government website

Killer Whale Tales Link to a non-government website

Northwest Fisheries Science Center

The Whale Trail Link to a non-government website

Orca Network Link to a non-government website

Port Townsend Marine Science Center Link to a non-government website

3.1 Enhance public awareness of Southern Resident status and threats.

3.2 Expand information and education programs to reduce direct vessel interactions with Southern Resident killer whales.

Be Whale Wise: Marine Wildlife Guidelines for Boaters, Paddlers & Viewers Link to a non-government website

The Whale Museum's Watching Whales in the San Juan Islands Link to a non-government website

Land-based Viewing:

The Whale Trail Link to a non-government website

The Whale Museum tours Link to a non-government website

3.3 Educate the public on positive actions that they can take to improve environmental conditions for Southern Resident killer whales.

Seattle Aquarium's Orcas in Puget Sound 10 ways to help Link to a non-government website

Port Townsend Marine Science Center Stewardship Actions Link to a non-government website

Center for Whale Research, Conservation Actions Link to a non-government website

3.4 Solicit the public’s assistance in finding killer whales.

Orca Network Link to a non-government website

The Whale Museum Link to a non-government website

B.C. Cetacean Sightings Network Link to a non-government website