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Alisa L.

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Review for Orca Network, Freeland, WA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Such a truly valuable resource and two treasures we have in Susan and Howard of Orca Network. I was born and raised in the Seattle area and have stayed closely connected to the environment and wildlife since I was a child. Over the years, periodically local media announce the arrival of orca in Puget Sound and sometimes I could manage to see them from afar. A couple of years ago my sister had an encounter seeing Transient orca off Carkeek Park in Seattle and called me. My husband and I scurried to the park, spotted the orca fins, as well as unexpected gift of sighting a gray whale. I knew of many organizations working for our endangered Southern Resident orca, other whales, the care of Puget Sound etc. but it wasn’t until that encounter at Carkeek that it occurred to me there must be an orca organization for sightings. I did a search and found Orca Network. I poured over all the meaningful work offered on their website and the next morning called in a sightings report & talked with Howard. From that day my life has changed in the most meaningful ways. I have been tracking orca and whales with Orca Network ever since.
Susan and Howard have built a community comprised of many types of people (from the general public to researchers) with varying levels of experience. One of the things (among many) I most appreciate about Susan and Howard is their ability to work with so many different types of people with such respect and how sincerely they communicate the value of each person’s connection to, and participation in, working towards the long-term survival of the Southern Resident orca, Gray whales, and the our beautiful environment we all share. Susan and Howard work tirelessly and do an incredible job of providing, educational events, sighting encounters, and various opportunities for a wide range of people to engage in the care of the orca and environment. I personally have found an ever-growing community of friends, learned a lot about science and nature, and harnessed a renewed confidence in participating actively in wildlife & environmental preservation issues-all due to the encouragement and thoughtful work of Orca Network.

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