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

Seattle Aquarium

Killer Whale Tales

Northwest Fisheries Science Center

The Whale Trail 

Orca Network

Port Townsend Marine Science Center 

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

The Whale Museum's Watching Whales in the San Juan Islands

Land-based Viewing:

The Whale Trail

The Whale Museum tours

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 

Port Townsend Marine Science Center Stewardship Actions 

Center for Whale Research, Conservation Actions 

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

Orca Network

The Whale Museum

B.C. Cetacean Sightings Network