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The Whale Museum Lecture Series – Souther Resident Killer Whales:Road to Recovery

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Southern Resident Killer Whales: Road to Recovery

Lynne Barre and Brad Hanson, NOAA Fisheries

The Whale Museum concludes its 2013 Summer Lecture Series on Wednesday September 18th.  We will begin with a reception with the speakers at 6:30 followed by the lecture at 7:00.  Light refreshments will be served.


Southern Resident killer whales were listed as endangered in 2005. Facing the challenges of limited prey, high levels of contaminants and disturbance from vessels and sound, this small and vulnerable population of orcas has been the focus of concerns and research and recovery efforts in the Salish Sea community.  For more than a decade, Brad Hanson and Lynne Barre of NOAA Fisheries have been working together to understand the threats to the whales and implement management actions to protect them.  Brad and Lynne will provide an update on the Southern Resident killer whale research and recovery program and where the whales are along on the Road to Recovery.


Lynne Barre manages protected species for NOAA Fisheries, including marine mammals and endangered species in Puget Sound, such as rockfish.  She is the lead for the Southern Resident killer whale recovery program.  Since 2003 Lynne has worked on the endangered listing of the Southern Residents, designating critical habitat, developing and finalizing a Recovery Plan and working with many partners to implement actions to conserve and recover the whales.  Lynne studied Biology at Georgetown University, and conducted dolphin research as part of a Master’s program at San Diego State University.  Brad Hanson is an ecologist at NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center and is currently studying foraging and habitat use of Southern Resident killer whales.  Previously, Brad worked as a Wildlife Biologist at the National Marine Mammal Laboratory in Seattle, WA. Brad received a Ph.D. from the University of Washington where he worked on the development of improved tag attachment systems for small cetaceans. He also holds an M.S. in Fisheries and a B.A. in Zoology from the University of Washington.

For more information, call (360) 378-4710 ext. 23.

Admission: Free

Date & Time: September 18, 6:30 pm

Location: The Whale Museum, First Street

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