our Orcas 

Give to CWR to help the Southern Resident Orcas and to improve the health of their habitat.

- Ken Balcomb, Founder

Center for Whale Research 


"What else can I do to help financially?"

In addition to becoming a monthly or annual CWR member, or making a one-time donation to CWR, there are many ways to support our work for the benefit of the Southern Resident orcas. We've included many other options below, with some examples of what others have done to help. Thank you for caring about the Southern Resident orca community and the natural environment in the Pacific Northwest. ENDOWMENT FUND.


Connect ONLINE

CONNECT with state and federal politicians and agency officials who have a say in breaching the four lower Snake River dams and demand that they remove these dams ... in 2019! Find out where to CONTACT the right politicians/representatives and agency officials. Find social media links on their websites. 


Learn the facts about how the Southern Resident orcas will benefit from the breaching of the dams: DAMSENSE Dam Breaching Essentials. Listen to DAMSENSE's Jim Waddell explaining why these dams must be breached immediately to have the best chance of saving Chinook salmon who reproduce in this area and the remaining seventy-five Southern Resident killer whales.

CONNECT with the Center for Whale Research and our followers through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Share your thoughts. We regularly comment and share information on our social media channels about the whales that inhabit the Pacific Northwest waters along with what is happening around the globe in the extraordinary world of whales. 

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SIGN the SOUTHERN RESIDENT KILLER WHALE CHINOOK SALMON INITIATIVE​ petition Dammed to extinction, Southern Resident Orcas are starving. Time is running out! The petition will be sent to Washington State Governor Jay Inslee and United States Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell.

If the lower Snake River dams are breached, it will double or triple survival rates of Chinook salmon, restoring millions of fish to the Columbia Basin. By increasing the Southern Resident orcas food supply, it will give them a fighting chance to recover.


The petition currently totals 740,000+ names. The original goal was 50,000; the new goal is 1,000,000 signatures! Add your name to this petition today!

Speak OUT

Speak to your elected politicians/representatives and federal agency officials and ask them to support breaching the Lower Snake River dams. RIGHT NOW! Public demand for action is needed before change happens. Find out where to CONTACT the right politicians/representatives and officials. Don't wait, speak up NOW!

Ask For Change! The Talking Points page on the DAMSENSE website provides helpful content for calling and messaging elected leaders, federal agency officials, and their staff.

You can contact your legislators in many ways: personal visit, attend a town hall meeting, write a letter, send an email message, place a phone call, and testify before a committee. Find your Washington State legislator. This legislative session runs until April 28. During this session, legislators have voted on several bills and a budget that includes a substantial amount of money allocated to orca recovery ($1.1 billion). This money must be spent wisely. Therefore, it is essential that a critical mass of people speaks with their legislators on an ONGOING BASIS about the NUMBER ONE ISSUE facing the Southern Resident orcas, Chinook salmon abundance; that the only solution to the salmon and orcas grim situation is the immediate breaching of the four lower Snake River dams ... NOW! Take some time to read about Washington State legislative process (A Citizen's Guide to Effective Legislative Participation). FYI: March 13 was the last day to consider/pass bills in the house of origin; April 17 was the final day to consider/pass opposite house bills.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee delivered his 2019 State of the State Address in January, where he affirmed that protecting the embattled Southern Resident orca population is a priority. 


EDUCATE your family and friends

EDUCATE your friends and family. A mighty voice for the Southern Resident orcas is a grassroots effort. The more people who become informed and involved, and speak out, the better chance the orcas have of living another day.

Suggest that friends and family:

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ORCA SURVEY Outreach & Education Center Manager, Katie Jones, showing a visitor a graph about Chinook salmon returns.

I've traveled across the state and even to Canada learning about solutions and meeting the people who are pushing them forward. A year later, I've come to a conclusion, and it's one I don't make lightly. There is no question: This is the last generation. Humans -- who are responsible for putting these mammals in such a critical state -- need to act now if there's any chance at turning around the killer whales' decline.


Q13 News' Simone Del Rosario reports:

Q13 News Special Report
The Last Generation: Southern resident orcas in danger of extinction


Together we can help

Become a CWR Member or make a DONATION

The Center for Whale Research has been studying the amazing Southern Resident orcas since 1976. But our work is far from done. We need your help to continue our studies, and to speak out on behalf of the SRKW population.


CONTACT Elected Politicians/Representatives

President Donald Trump
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500, Phone: 202-456-1111

Email a message


Washington Governor Jay Inslee 

PO Box 40002, Olympia, WA 98504-0002, Phone: 360-902-4111  

Email a message

Website: Jay Inslee // Twitter: @govinslee


United States Senator for Washington, Patty Murray

2988 Jackson Federal Building, 915 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98174, Phone: 206-553-5545  

Email a message

Website: PattyMurray.com // Twitter: @MurrayCampaign


United States Senator for Washington, Senator Maria Cantwell

511 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510, Phone: 202-224-3441

Email a message

Website: Maria Cantwell // Twitter: @Senator Cantwell

Find the legislator representing your area of Washington State


Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter
State Capitol, PO Box 83720, Boise, ID 83720, Phone: 503-378-4582
Email a message

Website: IDAHO Office of the Governor // Twitter: @ButchOtter


Governor Kate Brown
State Capitol Building, 900 Court Street NE, 160, Salem, OR 97301, Phone: 503-378-4582
Email a message

Website: Meet The Governor // Twitter: @OregonGovBrown


Federal Agency Officials


Elliot Mainzer, Administrator

Bonneville Power Administration, 905 NE 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97232, Phone: 800-282-3713

Website: bpa.gov

Lieutenant General Todd T Semonite

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Phone: 202-761-0011

Email a message choosing “Civil Works”


U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
441 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20314-1000, Phone: 202-761-1878

Email a message choosing “Civil Works”

Website: usace.army.mil 


U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla District Public Affairs
201 North 3rd Avenue Walla Walla, WA 99362-1876, Phone: 509-527-7020

Email a message choosing “Civil Works”


NOAA/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Western Regional Center

7600 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115, Phone: 206-526-6150

Website: NOAA Western Regional Center


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