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August 2014 Update

In this issue: Learning more about stranded killer whales, marine bird declines featured in the news, thank you for supporting SeaDoc at our auction, Salish Sea book … [Read More...]

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Milton Love on the incredible fish of the Salish Sea

Milton Love knows more about the fishes of the eastern Pacific Ocean (that's the part of it that lies off the west coast of North America) than most people, and he's not afraid to show it. From his trips in a one-person submersible to his disdain for salmon, this is an entertaining talk that will keep you watching.

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July 2014 Update

In this issue: Why do harbor seals swim upside down when foraging? Scientists close in on sea star wasting disease. Marine mammal video for kids. Salish Sea Conservation in Focus trip. SeaDoc's newest collaborator is 6 years old. Harbor porpoise stranding update … [Read More...]

Increase in harbor porpoise strandings

The number of harbor porpoise strandings in May of 2014 was higher than usual (but not higher than the number in 2012). Joe Gaydos was quoted in the Journal of the San Juans: In fact, according to Dr. Joe Gaydos of the Orcas Island-based SeaDoc Society, spring is the time of year when harbor porpoise typically migrate en masse from the mouth of Juan de Fuca Strait into the heart of the Salish Sea and strandings are not uncommon at that time. Still, Gaydos, who will perform the early … [Read More...]

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Tracking Transboundary Trouble

How do you know if your ecosystem is in trouble? One clue is the number of species that are in decline or endangered. If that number gets bigger over time, you’re probably heading in the wrong direction. Publications We publish our Species of Concern analysis approximately every two years in conjunction with the biennial Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference. Species of Concern 2013 (119) Species of Concern 2011 (113) Species of Concern 2008 (64) Species of Concern 2006 … [Read More...]

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June 2014 Update

In this issue: Video of coastal cutthroat trout, mapping the Pacific flyway, surprise donation from Orcas High School seniors, interns arrive for the summer, plus updates on mapping, killer whale research funding, and how UC Davis studies diseases and the interface between people and wildlife. … [Read More...]

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Orcas High School senior class chooses SeaDoc for $2,500 donation

The senior class at Orcas High School awarded $2,500 to SeaDoc as part of the 2014 grants program of the Orcas Island Community Foundation. Each year a generous donor gives $5,000 to the graduating class at the high school for them to pass on to one or more non-profits; sort of a primer on philanthropy. The students discuss and debate which non-profits they would like to support. We were thrilled when seniors Lindsay Lancaster and Brigid Ehrmantrout named SeaDoc to receive a $2,500 … [Read More...]

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