Citizens for a Healthy Bay has organized a talk about saving endangered Southern Resident orcas with Ken Balcomb, the lead researcher and founder of the Center for Whale Research. Jim Waddell, civil engineer with Damsense and 36-year veteran of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, will also be speaking at the event.

The talk is called, “Hope for Orcas: Orca Researcher Ken Balcomb and an Urgent Call to Action.” It takes place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on May 17 at William W. Philip Hall, University of Washington Tacoma. The event is free, but an RSVP is required.

Balcomb and Waddell will speak about the information needed and the steps to take to help save orcas from extinction.

“What we don’t yet know about the lives of these animals outweighs what we do know, but we do know enough to feel compelled to save them from extinction,” said Balcomb. “And what we are led to know about solving their endangered predicament is often based on misconceptions.”

NOAA Fisheries study mentioned by Balcomb showed that some satellite-tagged orcas spend a great deal of time fishing and hunting at the entrance to the Columbia River. Waddell will use evidence and data to stress the importance of retiring the four dams in the Snake River, as he wrote about here.