NW Treaty Tribes Magazine: Helping Resident Orcas, Counting Cougars

Our fall magazine features a story about tribal participation in this summer’s effort to rescue an ailing orca and tribal support for resident orca recovery. You can download a free copy of the magazine here.

From the magazine:

The treaty tribes in western Washington have been calling for years for bold actions to recover chinook salmon, including increased hatchery production, habitat restoration and protection, and determining predation impacts from seals and sea lions.

Treaty tribes are participating in a statewide Southern Resident Killer Whale Recovery Task Force, which aims to provide Gov. Jay Inslee with specific, effective and immediate suggestions to help the southern resident orcas.

Members of the Lummi Nation collaborated with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and whale researchers to get medicine and nourishment to the young orca.

“Lummi Nation is just stepping up to do the right thing and do what we can to help,” said Lummi Chairman Jay Julius. “We are answering the call of Xa Xalh Xechnging, our sacred obligation.”

This edition also includes stories about cougar surveys, successful harvest management and salmon habitat restoration efforts.

Lummi Chairman Jay Julius, left, transfers a hatchery chinook to a tote before attempting to feed it to a resident orca. Photo: K. Neumyer.