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Fundraiser to Prevent Southern Resident Killer Whales from Being Dammed to Extinction

Organized by Sharon Grace
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Help Us Raise Funds to Breach the Four Lower Snake River Dams that Are Killing Millions of Salmon the Southern Resident Killer Whales Need to Survive. Please help by purchasing this custom designed t-shirt featuring Rhapsody/J32 in full breach mode.

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All funds raised will be paid directly to SRKW Chinook Salmon Initiative for raising awareness about the extreme risk of extinction the Southern Resident Killer Whales face and to generate reports needed to educate politicians to remove the Snake River dams.
$3,010 raised
203 items sold of
150 goal
Thanks to our supporters!
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Gildan Ultra Cotton T-shirt, Unisex - White
Gildan Ultra Cotton T-shirt
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  • Fundraiser to Prevent Southern Resident Killer Whales from Being Dammed to Extinction Fundraiser - unisex shirt design - small
  • Fundraiser to Prevent Southern Resident Killer Whales from Being Dammed to Extinction Fundraiser - unisex shirt design - small
  • Fundraiser to Prevent Southern Resident Killer Whales from Being Dammed to Extinction Fundraiser - unisex shirt design - small
  • Fundraiser to Prevent Southern Resident Killer Whales from Being Dammed to Extinction Fundraiser - unisex shirt design - small
Organized by Sharon Grace

About this campaign

The iconic Southern Resident orcas are in a death spiral caused by a chronic lack of prey. Last month, the federal government reported that the orcas likely will go extinct in the immediate future, unless action is taken now. The good news is that we can help these beloved orcas survive, by breaching the four lower Snake River dams. This will provide the orcas the abundant Snake River salmon they need to avoid extinction.

We need to raise funds to raise awareness about the orcas’ plight and to pay for reports necessary to convince politicians that the dams need to go. For forty years the harmful Snake River dams have been killing chinook salmon by the millions, wiping out one of the largest sources of the Southern Resident orcas' prey. The dams are increasingly expensive to maintain, while generating just 4% of the region’s power supply. If the dams were breached and the money being spent to maintain them were to be used instead to maintain the main stem Columbia River dams that fish can pass more easily, then hydropower, salmon, orcas and taxpayers all win. For more information, please visit http://srkwcsi.org.

If you want to learn more about the Southern Resident orcas, the life and death of Rhapsody (J32) tells their story. Rhapsody was born during the winter of 1996. Although her mother died when she was two, Rhapsody’s aunt quickly adopted her. The sight of this young orphan being cared for by family members was heartwarming. Rhapsody seemingly thrived as a youngster and as a young adult, and fast became a favorite amongst researchers and whale enthusiasts. She was energy in motion and was nicknamed “the breacher” due to her apparent joy in repeatedly jumping from the water. Rhapsody brought smiles to the faces of the countless people who grew to admire her. In the summer of 2014, her wide girth became evident, triggering rumors that she was pregnant. We began to look forward to welcoming a new Southern Resident calf, but we never had a chance to meet this long anticipated baby whale. On December 4, 2014 eighteen year old Rhapsody washed up dead in the waters off British Columbia. She had a full term female calf inside her. At death, she reportedly had a relatively thin blubber layer with little oil content, consistent with an inadequate diet. The loss of this vibrant young orca was a terrible blow to the Southern Residents, especially because there are few breeding females. Rhapsody was just entering her prime reproductive years, making her vitally important to their future. The death of her female calf was equally devastating to the orca community, and illustrates the Southern Resident’s current plight. Without more chinook salmon, this population cannot survive.

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Supporters

Annie Pflueger 1 item + $10
Alex 1 item
Tiffany grace 2 items
Maureen Austin 1 item
OrcasOutside 1 item + $10
Deborah 1 item

I know and love the SRKWs having been in the seas with them these past 22 years. Thanks for working so much for the salmon and the orcas. I will wear my Breach the Dams shirt to work as a naturalist for Orcas Island Eclipse Charters.

Carole M 1 item
Anonymous 1 item

For Rhapsody.

Chris Teren 1 item
Nikki Culbertson 1 item

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