Submitted by Friends of the San Juans.
During Valentine’s week, Friends of the San Juans will explore the plight of the Southern resident orcas and engage the community in actions that can help their recovery.
• Lopez: Monday, Feb. 11, noon to 1:30 p.m., Woodman Hall, 4102 Fisherman Bay Rd.
• Orcas: Tuesday, Feb. 12, noon to 1:30 p.m., Orcas Senior Center, 62 Henry Rd.
• San Juan: Wednesday, February 13, noon to 1:30 p.m., San Juan Island Grange Hall, 152 First Street N.
Find out what the Southern Resident orcas need to survive and thrive including how the Snake, Frasier, Columbia, Skagit and other river systems impact the orca; how county shorelines contribute to orca health; how many Chinook salmon are needed to support the population; if there should be limits on Southern Resident orca whale watching; and proposed state legislation. The featured speakers include Lovel Pratt, Friends of the San Juans’ Marine Program Protection Director, and Dr. Deborah Giles, Research Scientist for the University of Washington Center for Conservation Biology and Research Director for Wild Orca.