Did you know that orcas are highly intelligent, highly adaptable and live in strong family groups called pods. These pods are made up of related mothers and their descendants, known as matrilines. A male orca will stay with its mother for life, while daughters may spend time away after having calves of their own. Orcas are extremely fast swimmers and have been recorded at speeds of up to 54kph! Our Southern Resident Orca pod lives mainly in the Puget Sound area and rely on local salmon for its diet, and clean, quiet water for its health. Why quiet water — orcas have amazing communication skills and use eco-location for finding fish, all based on sound. Loud motor and aircraft noise can impair orca ability to communicate with each other and find food.
Find out what you can do to help at ORCA ACTIONS
Discover the Green-Duwamish – Take the Journey
The Green-Duwamish Watershed is one of the most interesting places to explore, grounding us with a sense of place. Take the journey visiting interesting locations that tell the unique story of this area, its geology, history, ecology, and its peoples over time. Walk on land that held a 3,000 year old Duwamish Village then visit a Longhouse, experience salmon returning to their home to spawn along with other wildlife, visit innovative projects addressing our environmental challenges, stand on a rock cropping older than Mt. Rainier and the area that made Seattle and this region what it is today.
Download your guidebook for journey information on locations, fun activities, an eco-pledge raffle, and to experience our river in a new and deeper way. All locations offer easy walking, most are ada accessible. This is a great activity to complement classroom learning. Remember to take something to write with and extra paper. The leaf activity requires thin paper, a crayon and your imagination – be inspired!
(The guidebook is formatted for 5 sheets, both sides of 8.5 x 11 paper and can be printed in either color or black & white. The booklet is designed to fold in half so each page is a half sheet of 5.5 x 8.5. If your printer offers the option of “flipping” of the page, choose “short end”.)
Download your 2021 Green Duwamish Journey Guide Book Spring
To help with online learning, Nature Vision is offering free, at home study packets for grades K – 12 which complement the Green-Duwamish Journey experience and align with grade appropriate curriculum covering: Ecological Impacts, Water Quality, Human Systems, Invasive Plants, Ecosystems, Watersheds, and Humans & Water. Each packet includes both a teacher and parent/caregiver overview and daily student science lessons which connect to our watershed’s and community’s health. To download: