Orca Tour 2014 kicks off in two days on Saturna Island! The Saturna Island Marine Research and Education Society has organized a fantastic orca weekend, featuring talks by Erich Hoyt and Paul Spong, and a panel discussion with other orca researchers including Dr. Lance Barrett-Lenard.
Join us! And if you can’t be there in person – follow the Orca Tour on Facebook!
SATURNA ISLAND WEEKEND EVENT DETAILS
Friday, May 2
* Dana Lyons: The Great Salish Sea Tour Concert, 7 p.m., Saturna Community Hall,
$10 advance tickets at Wild Thyme Coffee House/”The Bus”, co-sponsored by Saturna Parks & Rec.
Saturday, May 3
* Free Lions Club morning bus out to East Point from the ferry parking area at 10:30am.
Also free bus service to and from island venues for visitors without vehicles….
* Whale Weekend Program, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. with Q & A to 5pm.
$10 tickets, 18 years and under are free, co-sponsored by the Saturna Island Boat Club.
Tickets are available at the Saturna General Store
or pre-register with an email to sheila.wallace@
A WHALE OF A WEEKEND AWAITS ORCA ENTHUSIASTS ON SATURNA ISLAND
Orcas and many of the experts who study and advocate for them will be the centre of attention on Saturna Island when Saturna Island Marine Research and Education Society (SIMRES) hosts a special Orca presentation on May 2-3.
SIMRES has invited some of the world’s most highly-regarded Orca researchers to the first of its nine SeaTALKS sessions on the marine environment scheduled for 2014.
At this session, SeaTALKS Whale Weekend, the Orca researchers will tell incredible stories about their unique individual experiences over many years of learning about killer whales and discovering new ways to protect them.
Headlining the research speakers list are Erich Hoyt, an internationally well-known U.K.- based Orca expert, also known for both his extensive writing and lecturing, as well as Dr. Paul Spong, a B.C.-based neuroscientist and cetologist, who founded and heads OrcaLab, an oceanfront Orca laboratory on Hanson Island, B.C.
They’ll be joined by other whale researchers including Dr. Christophe Guinet, a researcher from France who has been working in the Indian Ocean as well as Dr. Lance Barrett- Lennard of Vancouver Aquarium, Dr. Ken Balcomb from the Centre for Whale Research on San Juan Island, and Dr. Andrew Trites, director of Marine Mammal Research at UBC.
For Hoyt, who started his Orca research in 1973 and has now written more than 20 books and over 500 research papers on Orcas and other marine and land creatures, the Saturna event marks the beginning of a nine-stop one-month speaking tour of the North American west coast that includes major cities such as San Francisco, Seattle and Vancouver, B.C. The speaking tour is sponsored by a Seattle-based group, The Whale Trail, which manages a series of Northwest sites where orcas and other marine mammals can be viewed by the public from the shore. Saturna’s East Point is one of these sites.
“I have spent most of my life working with whales and dolphins and other ocean creatures in more than 50 countries,” he says. “I love new frontiers and I see my writing as a chance to explore the outer edges of what we know about wild animals, the ocean and the earth; and to try to shape in a positive way the human relationship to wild nature.”
For Spong, who is originally from New Zealand, the association with Orcas reaches even further back. He’s been studying killer whales since 1967 when he was invited to work at Vancouver Aquarium with its initial Orcas.
Since 1972, he’s been living and working on Hanson Island near Alert Bay, B.C. where OrcaLab is located. Spong hosts many students and researchers who come to study Orcas in their natural environment and has also established a web-based platform (www.orca-live.net) for observing and listening to Orcas underwater.
The Whale Weekend kicks off with entertainment on Friday, May 2 when Bellingham basedsinger/songwriter Dana Lyons performs songs from his new CD, The Great Salish Sea, beginning at 7 p.m. at Saturna Community Hall.
The main speakers program takes place Saturday, May 3, between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. at the Saturna Recreation Centre and will include an audience question and answer session.
COME AND JOIN US!
* SIMRES: http://saturnamarineresearch.
* Erich Hoyt: http://www.erichhoyt.com
* Paul Spong: http://orcalab.org
* Lance Barrett-Lennard: http://www.vanaqua.org/
* Dana Lyons: http://www.cowswithguns.com
* The Whale Trail: http://thewhaletrail.org