Palouse CD to join statewide Orca Recovery Day Oct. 18


October 10, 2019

Palouse Conservation District will join other organizations across Washington State to host more than 40 events, Oct. 19 on “Orca Recovery Day” aimed at improving conditions for critically endangered southern resident orca whales.

Interested volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. at the district office in the WSU Technology Park at 1615 NE Eastgate Blvd, Suite H in Pullman. Carpool will provide rides from the office to the Bill Chipman Trail along the Pullman-Moscow Highway. Tools and gloves will be provided. Participants are encouraged to wear sturdy boots and dress for the weather. The event will conclude at noon.

Conservation Districts have joined with dozens of others across Washington State to host events that restore habitat, reduce stormwater pollution and educate the public about things everyone can do to help save one of the most iconic creatures of the Pacific Northwest.

The southern resident orca whales in their Salish Sea home are critically endangered. In the past few months alone, three more have died, resulting in a current population of 73.

The orca's primary food source, Chinook salmon, are also endangered. Improving fish habitat will also support sport and commercial fisheries in Washington that have an estimated economic impact of $2.7 billion.


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