October is "Orca-tober" in Pierce County
This summer the Pierce County Council recognized the role the Southern Resident Orcas play in our region with resolution R2021-81
, which proclaimed the month of June as “Orca Awareness Month” in Pierce County.
As we head into October, there are three events planned to raise awareness about Orcas in the South Sound. Our southern resident orca population is at a 30-year low
with just over 70 individuals still alive, in part due to lack of salmon as a food source. Each October, communities throughout the Pacific Northwest host volunteer events to support our Orcas and salmon through habitat restoration of local salmon-bearing rivers.
Here are a few events planned for next month in Pierce County, including in District 1:
'Water We Doing' for Orcas
To learn more about orcas in our region and how our community choices affect them, register for a free all-ages virtual class taught by Pierce County Environmental Educators. All attendees receive a free orca sticker and activity book! Learn More and Register
- Tuesday, October 12, 6-7:30 p.m. on Zoom
Want to lend a hand? Pierce Conservation District is hosting two #OrcaRecoveryDay events Saturday, Oct. 16:
Dead Man’s Pond work party (Puyallup), 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Join the YESS (Youth Engaged in Sustainable Solutions) network at this event. Register here
Planting at South Prairie Creek Preserve (Puyallup), 9-11:30 a.m. Register here