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Dave Dix, Brad Hanson, and Robin Baird on KUOW


This is an hour-long conversation about southern resident killer whales involving Dave Dix, Brad Hanson, and Robin Baird on KUOW’s weekday with Steve Sher.¬† With luck there will be similar conversations about the state of Puget Sound as we all digest the Puget Sound Partnship’s Draft Action Agenda – 06Nov2008. clipped from www.kuow.org Orcas Dying [...]

Marine mammals and climate change


Notes on a talk by Sue Moore entitled “Marine Mammals: Insight to climate change through surveys and song” at UW (16:00-16:45) Overarching question: are grey whales a sentinel species to climate change in the Arctic and North Pacific? Polar bears now expected to be down 30% by 2050. Arctic ice down 3Mkm^2 from 7M.¬† 10x [...]

Theses


1986: Feeding ecology of the killer whale (4.4Mb) “Feeding ecology of the killer whale (Orcinus orca)” by Fred Felleman. A Masters thesis (177 pages) from the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington. 1988: Association patterns and social dynamics in greater Puget Sound (3.4Mb) “Association patterns and social dynamics of killer whales (Orcinus [...]

Library


Theses Masters and PhD theses related to orcas and their ecosystem(s). 2002: Do orcas use symbols? (208K) An online treatise by Howard Garrett positing that the theory of symbolic interactionism may help account for the divergent and complex cultural traditions found in sympatric orca populations. (October, 2002; 15 page PDF.) 2005: Proposed conservation plan for [...]

List of near-real-time sensors in orca habitat


There is an increasing number of near-real-time sensors like webcams out in SRKW habitat. In an effort to keep abreast of these resources (as a community), you can now access and modify my list of favorite sensors for monitoring orca habitat in the Orcasphere wiki. This is primarily a list of web cams and environmental [...]

Neah Bay hydrophone streaming live


With special thanks for support from the Makah Tribe and coordination by Jon Scordino, there is now underwater sound streaming live from Neah Bay via the Salish Sea hydrophone network. The network is an experiment in human and automated monitoring of underwater sounds within the critical habitat of the endangered southern resident killer whales. The [...]

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 resources, events, etc.) subscribe to OrcaSci — A list for scientists who study orcas (research [...]

InterACT


Humans value interacting with killer whales. There are many ways to observe them, learn and wonder about them, and ultimately help protect them: observe them from land by traversing The Whale Trail; watch them on webcams at the Center for Whale Research or Race Rocks; listen to them with live hydrophones in their summer home [...]

SRKW call frequency response to boat noise?


The field season is rolling, with all three southern resident killer whale pods “in the area,” and whale watchers packing all of our favorite boats. I’ve been hanging out with these animals for five years now, and for the first time I’m trying my hand at research. Here is the full text of my research¬†proposal. [...]

Calendar


Research and education activities relevant to the recovery of the southern resident killer whales. To add an event to this calendar, simply create a Google calendar, add the event to it, and invite the southern residents to take notice via this address: srkw@orcasphere.net Alternatively you can share your entire calendar and — with the help [...]