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Orca Project

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Goal
Task
Where Port Townsend Washington Port Townsend United States
Description

Orca Project volunteers in Port Townsend, Washington document orca bones for an online bone atlas, assist in orca education with children's groups, take part in assembling a full-size skeleton for display, participate in the design of a new orca exhibit and conduct research on underwater sounds using a hydrophone.

The project’s goals are to improve public awareness of the challenges faced by killer whales--toxic contamination, underwater noise pollution, and diminishing food supplies in the Puget Sound--as well as develop an appreciation for the whales’ remarkable social bonds and communication abilities.

Funded by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services, other organizations, and matching funds, the Orca Project will focus on both the transient and resident killer whales seen in the Northwest United States.

The Orca Project will also offer public lectures, free science classes for Olympic Peninsula students, tours of articulated whale skeletons for school classes, hands-on activities for after-school groups, Bring Your Bones Day (a community event with resident experts helping identify and reveal the mysteries of bones), and focused outreach to the maritime and marine community of Port Townsend, Washington.

How to Join

For further information on how to participate, contact:

Libby Palmer, Orca Project Manager Administrative Office
Port Townsend Marine Science Center
532 Battery Way
Port Townsend, WA 98368
(360) 385-5582
Administrative Office: ext. 104
commsci@olympus.net

Website http://www.ptmsc.org/orca_project.html
Participation Fee $0
Expenses $0
Required Gear

Varies by project or activity.

Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity In oceans, streams, rivers, lakes
Tags ocean, Ocean, Ocean , Ocean & Water, Whale
Project Updated 08/07/2016