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Southern Resident orca mom, J35, with son, J57, rolling on her back (Encounter #16, April 3, 2021).   


Setting our sights on $74,000 . . . (or more) by December 31st! 

Please help us raise $74,000 to benefit the seventy-four (74) orcas in the Southern Resident community!  

Donate in the name of your favorite whale!
Be sure to identify your favorite orca by alpha-numeric designation (e.g., J35) under “Add a Note” when making your donation.

Dear Supporter,

In this season of giving, the Center for Whale Research team has set its sights on an ambitious financial goal: Raise $74,000 or more by the end of the 2021 calendar year. 


The $74,000 represents one thousand dollars for each member of the Southern Resident orca community. This money—your generous donations—will allow us to plan and execute our 2022 research, outreach and education, and advocacy initiatives, to continue our five-decade-long quest to document, better understand, and protect the Southern Resident orcas—as well as their primary prey, natural wild Chinook salmon.

In addition to our imperative research, we will persist as advocates for additional action to restore wild Chinook salmon stocks in the Pacific Northwest. Without further measures, like removing the Lower Snake River dams and other salmon blockades that prevent millions and millions more salmon from returning to these rivers to spawn, the intelligent, social, and caring Southern Resident orcas are FACING EXTINCTION!

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Watch the water rise as donations come in. Please help us reach our goal of $74,000!  

The fundraising graph above, featuring original orca and salmon artwork by CWR’s Katie Jones, will be featured here until December 31, the final day of the FOCUSING ON THEIR FUTURE campaign.

Balcomb BIG SALMON Ranch along the Elwha River is an example of a Center for Whale Research undertaking to achieve Chinook salmon renewal. (See other CWR Recent Accomplishments). Watch Elwha River Salmon Recovery for an update on the thriving Elwha River ecosystem since Washington State removed the river’s two hydroelectric dams.


As we close our 45th anniversary year of the Orca Survey (1976-2021), we are heart warmed and saddened. We’ve seen births and deaths and have come to know many of our beloved Southern Resident orcas. We’ve celebrated one milestone after another. 

Thank you for your unwavering love of the orcas and your financial support of our $74,000 fundraising campaign to benefit the Southern Residents. Be part of this success story, give generously in honor or memory of one of the Southern Resident whales.



Ken Balcomb and the Center for Whale Research team

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Be sure to identify your favorite orca by alpha-numeric designation (e.g., J35) under “Add a Note” when making your donation.

From all of us to all of you
Thank you and best wishes

The Board of Directors and Staff of the Center for Whale Research wishes you, your family, and your community happiness and good health during this holiday season and throughout 2022.

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THANK YOU again for your generous support this year and in past years. Without your financial gifts to the Center for Whale Research, we would not have had the means to continue our critically important 45-year-long Orca Survey study of the Southern Residents while advocating for their best interests.

Ken Balcomb, Center for Whale Research Founder and Senior Scientist

Your tax-deductible Donation goes directly to financially supporting our research of the iconic Southern Resident orcas and empowering educational outreach about this species, while continually defending and speaking for this gravely endangered population that cannot speak for themselves. The orcas need your help like never before. Any Donation amount large or small helps!

The Center for Whale Research is a 501c3 non profit organization registered in Washington State.

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