Our Octopus Award recognizes groups or individuals who go above and beyond to help the SeaDoc Society accomplish its mission to ensure the health of marine wildlife and their ecosystem.
Chris Dunnigan, 2015
Chris Dunagan has been incredibly effective at inspiring people to care about our marine environment and the wildlife that depends on it. Since starting as a reporter with the Kitsap Sun in 1977, he has written close to 10,000 stories about the Salish Sea. That's millions of words grounded in strong science to help people understand how the Salish Sea works, and what we need to do for recovery. Although he's retired from his staff writer position at the Kitsap Sun, Chris is still writing. You can see his work at his blog, Watching our Waterways, or follow him on Twitter.
Bennie Osburn, 2011
Dr. Osburn, former Dean of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, was instrumental in setting up the SeaDoc Society in the early 2000s. In 2000, private donors who were impressed with the vet school's track record for producing science that improved wildlife health approached asked the school to consider working in Washington and British Columbia on problems facing the marine fish and wildlife of the Salish Sea. Dean Osburn recognized the fit between Wildlife Health Center's expertise and the needs of the Salish Sea and helped create the SeaDoc Society.
Compass Wines (Doug Charles & Will Parks), 2010
Over the last two years, Compass Wines has been instrumental in helping SeaDoc fund science needed to improve the health of local marine wildlife populations. In addition to being corporate sponsors for SeaDoc’s major Wine Fundraising Auction, Compass Wines also donates a portion of the proceeds from sales of their “Salish Sea” wine to benefit the SeaDoc Society.
Compass Wines’ support has helped SeaDoc carry out a number of scientific studies ranging from determining best practices for restoring endangered northern abalone, to investigating the origins of contaminants in killer whales. Compass Wines has truly been like four extra pairs of arms for the SeaDoc Society over the last few years.