Puget Sound Orca Recovery Day

An orca whale jumps out of the water somewhere along the beautiful Washington Coast.

Orca Recovery Day 

Saturday, October 20th, 2020

In 2018, the world watched as Tahlequah, a Southern Resident Killer Whale, carried her dead calf for 17 days, travelling almost 1,000 miles off the Pacific Northwest coast before letting go. Tahlequah isn’t the first grieving orca mother- unfortunately, hers was one of many calf deaths across the past two decades. According to the Center for Whale Research, approximately 75 percent of newborns in the Southern Resident killer whale population have not survived.

2020 is going to look a little different.

For the third year in a row, Conservation Districts around the state along with dozens of non-profit and agency partners are proud to provide folks the chance to take action on this critical issue. Given the global pandemic there is limited opportunity for in person events, so this year, we’re bringing #OrcaRecoveryDay to your very own home home via a brand new digital platform: EcoChallenge. 

With the birth of Tahlequah's new calf this September, the time has never been more urgent to make the Puget Sound a viable home for this new generatiion of Orcas. Join us and join countless others who are creating habits and taking steps to make a better, healthier environment than the one we have now. 


Eco Challenge

Join an EcoChallenge Team or create your own. Once you’ve got a team, you’ll find different kinds of actions split up by category for easy planning. Choose the actions you want to commit to, and then do them!

Every action you take gives your team a better advantage against other teams, but they’ll also show our collective impact and inspire others to join the effort. At the end of the competition, the winners will receive a prize.

When it’s time to create a team, we’ll let you know!


In Person Events

We have a few in person events for those who are healthy enough to go outside. These events will be limited to 4 volunteers and 1 staff person and will follow strict COVID-19 safety protocols. You can find our list of in person events here.