Support our work to protect resident orcas

A generous donor has agreed to match up to $10,000 in online gifts through December 31st. Your gift will be doubled when you give today!

The image of the mother orca carrying her dead calf for 17 days through the Salish Sea this summer sent us all a powerful message: the endangered southern resident orcas are on the brink of extinction, and they need our help.
At RE Sources, we are stepping up our orca recovery efforts, but we can’t do this alone. Join us in this effort and make a generous gift to our campaign today.

Your support means we can take bold action now to address the major threats to orcas’ survival: water pollution, tanker traffic, catastrophic oil spills, and lack of food.

Only 74 whales remain in this dwindling population. You and I must act now, while there is still time.
Southern resident orcas rely on the fragile links between healthy eelgrass beds, abundant herring stocks, thriving salmon populations, and plenty of clean water. Here’s what RE Sources is doing to strengthen those links and improve conditions for the orcas so they may once again thrive:

  1. Cleaning up toxic contamination in the Salish Sea. Building on the work we've done for decades, we are providing technical support on cleanup plans for toxic sites, and pushing for legislation that ensures adequate funding for toxic cleanups. 
  2. Protecting the Salish Sea’s marine ecosystem. Cherry Point and its eelgrass beds, for example, provide healthy spawning grounds for herring, the favorite food for Chinook salmon, who in turn are the main diet for resident orcas. We are pushing for policies at the county level to protect Cherry Point and to limit vessel noise and traffic. 
  3. Working to safeguard and increase salmon populations. Salmon need plentiful, clean water in creeks and rivers to spawn, which makes our work to ensure Whatcom’s waterways have sufficient flows year-round more urgent than ever.
  4. Preventing deadly oil spills. We’re pushing for adoption of local and statewide policies to prevent oil spills that could devastate orcas and their habitat. And we are watchdogging new projects and expansions to prevent increases in fossil fuel shipments through the Salish Sea.
  5. Each of these elements of our work is critically important to orca survival, and it takes generous partners like you to make this work possible.

The black dorsal fin of an orca breaking the surface of the water is a magnificent sight, and one we all want our children and grandchildren to witness — to know they are a part of a bigger community.

Please help us ensure future generations inherit this wondrous legacy by making a generous gift now. Your gift will help protect the southern resident orcas. Every dollar you donate before December 31st will be doubled by a generous match donation of $10K.

Thank you.