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Slippery Snake: Too little too late?

This oregonlive.com article presents some great factoids for the orca conservationist.  These are my favorite excerpts: The total spent by the agency [BPA] since 1978 is about $12 billion. That spending shows up in your power bill. About 15 percent, … Continue reading

Prey relationship talks

8:35 John Ford, resident KW foraging ecology What may have caused the simultaneous declines in the N and S residents during the late 1990s?  Nutritional stress? We compared expected and observed births and deaths, where expectations were based on period … Continue reading

Killer whale regulation enforcement panel

Alan Wolf, NOAA; Larry Palke, Fisheries and Oceans, Canada; Stefan Beckman, Fisheries and Oceans, Canada; Russ Mullins, WDFW There is not currently any permitting process, but one is under consideration in Canada… Russ: on our 30+ patrols per summer, most … Continue reading

PCB bioaccumulation model for Puget Sound

Jeff Stern Mapping C flow through the food web can help us understand trophic strucure and species interactions and ass feeding guilds and which species may be most at risk from bioaccumulation.  Our model is a steady state partitioning (Arnot … Continue reading

Long-term PCB fate and bioaccumulation

N long-term fate and bioaccumulation of PCBs in Puget Sound, Models of contaminant kinetics: Davis 2004 includes an active 10cm layer in Puget Sound Field data: In Puget Sound 1400kg PCBs (estimates range from 600-3500) are in active layer compared … Continue reading

New research money related to Navy sonar

Not sure what this means for southern residents and funding for their researchers, but this is surely good news for beaked whales, as well as killer whales when they may transit Navy training areas in the Salish Sea or off … Continue reading

No new orcas in late 2008

This is a pretty general treatment of endangered species with a nice from-the-field synopsis of prey/fecal sampling by KUOW intern Irene Naguchi, but it didn’t deliver what I expected — new information derived from the fecal sampling. The main news … Continue reading

Library

As a contributor to the Orcasphere, you can gain free access to the shared group Zotero library of scientific literature related to SRKW recovery. Here is a list of documents that have recently been added: To access the full text … Continue reading

Communicate

You can collaborate within the Orcasphere in the following ways: Read, contribute to, and comment on the Orcasphere blog Join an email list related to killer whales: subscribe to OrcaEd — A list for educators who teach about orcas (educational … Continue reading

Canadian Navy responds to scientists’ stop-sonar letter

This morning we received the first official response to the letter from 20 marine scientists regarding silencing sonar in the Salish Sea.  The response (below) came from the head of the Canadian Navy — Peter MacKay, the Minister of National … Continue reading