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The Dangers of Dirty Coal for Wildlife in the Pacific Northwest

12/6/2013 // By Mary Price

Whale watching off the coast in Puget Sound is one of the most spectacular and time-honored traditions in the Pacific Northwest.  But the beauty of seeing some of the world’s largest animals in their natural habitat could become a spectacle […] Read more >

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A Crucial Few Days to Help Orca and Speak Out Against Dirty Coal

11/12/2013 // By Jane Kirchner

Critically endangered orcas in the Pacific Northwest rely on a diet almost exclusively of salmon that swim into the Puget Sound from fresh waters like the Columbia River. Sadly, the once thriving Pacific salmon that return every year to the […] Read more >

An Orca breaches near Washington State's San Juan Islands (photo: TheGirlsNY/flickr.com)

Continuing the Fight to Save Orcas in the Pacific Northwest

8/29/2013 // By Jane Kirchner

Today, less than 90 orcas live in Puget Sound.  Known as Southern Resident Orcas, these cetaceans rely on salmon and other fish for their primary source of food.  The population is not stable, dipping down by 30% over the last […] Read more >

Since 1900, Puget Sound Chinook salmon populations have declined 93% and nine runs of Chinook have gone extinct. Orca whales, which eat primarily salmon, have declined by half. Source: Minette Layne/WikiMedia Commons

Video: The Beautiful Life of Orcas

8/29/2013 // By Jane Kirchner

Yesterday a friend sent me this three minute video of orca whales traveling through a pass near Vancouver Island.  It is so beautiful and such a rich glimpse into how orcas live, right along the Pacific shoreline.  It made my afternoon — sparkling deep blue […] Read more >

National Wildlife Photo Contest by Daniel Dennis.

Orcas: How Science Debunked Superstition

7/22/2013 // By Mary Price

From the depths of the briny blue abyss emerges a menacing Goliath—a colossus of the sea bent on revenge and destruction of the human race. Beware the open ocean for there lurks…Orca: The Killer Whale! Sound like a cheesy movie […] Read more >

Via Flickr.

Black Death: How Coal Exports Threaten Orcas

6/26/2013 // By Suzi Letouze

You can help orcas today by speaking up! Urge the Army Corps of Engineers to thoroughly review the risks from proposed coal export terminals in the Northwest. For more information on the dangers coal exports will create for orcas and other […] Read more >

Since 1900, Puget Sound Chinook salmon populations have declined 93% and nine runs of Chinook have gone extinct. Orca whales, which eat primarily salmon, have declined by half. Source: Minette Layne/WikiMedia Commons

Is Building in Floodplains a Good Idea?

3/28/2013 // By Dan Siemann

“Where will we put the next million people moving to Puget Sound?” I was asked this question recently by a business lobbyist concerned that new floodplain protection requirements would make building in flood-prone areas more difficult. His question was driven […] Read more >

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Washington Activist Gives Orcas a Voice

10/18/2012 // By Robyn Carmichael

What would orcas say about proposals to ship up to 150 million tons of coal per year on trains running along the Columbia River and Puget Sound through sensitive habitat? That’s the question that Washington activist Richard Bergner so creatively […] Read more >

Sportsmen Target Coal Exports

7/31/2012 // By Nic Callero

A new report released jointly by the National Wildlife Federation and the Association of Northwest Steelheaders says six port construction projects in Oregon and Washington that would expand U.S. coal exports to growing markets in Asia would bring serious consequences for […] Read more >

GiveBIG May 2nd - The Seattle Foundation

Your Chance to GiveBIG

4/25/2012 // By Bryn Fluharty

Mark Your Calendar On May 2nd you have the opportunity to maximize your donation to the National Wildlife Federation by donating through the Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG program. GiveBIG is a one day opportunity to donate to Seattle area nonprofits including […] Read more >