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Tacoma Orca Month Event: Our Toxic Orcas - Wednesday, June 28 (6:00am - 8:00am)

June is an exciting time in Puget Sound. Not only are we starting to see more sunshine, but orcas are returning to the area. If you’re lucky, you can catch a glimpse of these Pacific Northwest icons from downtown Tacoma!
Unfortunately, our orcas are in troubled waters. Scientists think that Puget Sound’s Southern resident orcas are the most polluted marine mammals in the world, causing a host of health problems. With only 78 individuals left, we need to do everything we can to ensure that our orcas are healthy.


You are invited to learn more about the impacts that pollution is having on orcas, where this pollution is coming from, and what you can do to help prevent toxics from reaching these endangered orcas.

What: Our Toxic Orcas
When: Wednesday, June 28th
Reception from 6:00 - 7:00 PM, light food will be provided
Program from 7:00 - 8:00 PM
Where: UW-Tacoma’s YMCA, 1710 Market Street, Tacoma
Tickets: $5 per person pre-registration, $7 per person at the door. Buy your ticket today.

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Event Speakers:

·         Dr. Sam Wasser from University of Washington, will talk about his work using dogs to sniff out orcas so he can analyze their health. Through this work, Dr. Wasser has shed light on the toxics affecting our orcas. We will also explore where these toxics are coming from and discuss changes that everyone can make to reduce the amount of pollution reaching our orcas.

·         Nancy Uding from Toxic-Free Future will talk about where toxics are coming from and about some simple steps everyone can take to reduce the amount of pollution reaching our orcas.

·         Ryan Cruz from Citizens for a Healthy Bay will frame the conversation in a local context by recounting Tacoma’s transition from a toxic legacy toward cleaner waters. We will also explore major threats facing our community today and how we can all get involved.

Hope to see you at the YMCA on June 28th. Buy your ticket today.

Rein Attemann 
Puget Sound Advocacy Manager 

P.S. Be sure to check out all the other Orca Month events in June here!