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Oct 14, 2008 727 pm

More sad news for Southern Resident Orcas

It has been a difficult year for the endangered Southern Resident orca (killer whale) population, and after wrapping up their annual survey in late September, the Center for Whale Research has reported that seven whales are missing at this time, and with the addition of one new surviving calf, the population is now believed to be at 83 (click here for Orca Network’s births/deaths page).
In addition to 98 year old female K7/”Lummi”, the elder of K pod, also missing are:
23 year old L67/”Splash” (Luna’s mom), and
six year old L101/”Aurora” (Luna’s brother),
58 year old female L21/”Ankh”,
36 year old female J11/”Blossom”,
and two unnamed calves, J43 (missing last winter) and L111 born in August 2008 to L47, missing by the end of August).
Only one calf born this year survives, K42, born in June.

It has been apparent to those observing the whales this summer that salmon have not been in abundance – all three pods have had to leave the Salish Sea area on and off during the summer in search of salmon, and when they were present, they often were traveling in widely spread out groups, which typically means they are having to spread out to find enough salmon to feed the pod.

Our hope is for a strong chum salmon run this fall in Puget Sound, so the whales can get some nutrition before the winter season, when they leave the inland waters in search of food up and down the coast.
But if we don’t act NOW to restore the Chinook salmon runs in the Pacific, this trend will likely continue, and the population is already so small that its survival hangs in the balance.

What can we do about all this?
Support salmon restoration efforts, reduced harvests, taking down dams, stopping farmed salmon operations, stop using pesticides, fertilizers or chemicals in your home and garden, and contact your elected officials to make sure they know how important salmon, orcas, and their habitats are to you. Think about these issues when you vote – who will best help clean up our waters, and save our salmon and orcas from extinction?
And visit our News Page for some recent articles on salmon restoration efforts as well as some of the human impacts that have led to the demise of our once healthy, abundant salmon runs.
If we don’t save the salmon, there is no hope for the orcas –
Susan & Howard, Orca Network

from the Orca Network Whale Report

Update May 16, 2018 11:12am

Our local whale population is down to 76 according to this link

What is good is that we can see that some whales are surviving in our coastal waters. Do you notice trends? Please reply here

Water is Life 🙂

Thank you for visiting.

Art by author jbw with Mona Diggs-Evans, age 4 2008



Catch them being good!


Our grandparents seeded this. Our parents.
They imagine a world with people and habitat and studied it:
Habitat 76, Biomimicry, a pattern language,
Earnest Callenbach, peter oberlander, Cornelia Hahn Oberlander,
john Todd, bucky fuller, pliny fisk, Bill Mollison…
Paolo Soleri.
Ian McCaig.
Ross Evans & Kipchoge- Xtracycle
Ampersand, these are the new people with ideas that are working. Not necessarily their own ideas, but ideas that work:
solar-shower, outside bath, composting toilets, natural building, rainwater collection, brown-glass bottlewall.

Edible Parks and Ecosystems are now coming into play. The Commons is back. We have new challenges to study along with the old ones… how do we integrate food into our city and rural lives? How can we create ecological sanitation? How do we get ourselves to slow down and plan for the future? to stop buying and consuming and creating garbage and toxic dumps just because we want to consume?

I love the slow food movement. As Volkswagon says: All I know is slow.

from: O Ecotextiles

The Surfrider Foundation has a list of ten easy things you can do to keep plastics out of our environment:

Choose to reuse when it comes to shopping bags and bottled water. Cloth bags and metal or glass reusable bottles are available locally at great prices.

Refuse single-serving packaging, excess packaging, straws and other ‘disposable’ plastics. Carry reusable utensils in your purse, backpack or car to use at bbq’s, potlucks or take-out restaurants.

Reduce everyday plastics such as sandwich bags and juice cartons by replacing them with a reusable lunch bag/box that includes a thermos.

Bring your to-go mug with you to the coffee shop, smoothie shop or restaurants that let you use them. A great way to reduce lids, plastic cups and/or plastic-lined cups.

Go digital! No need for plastic cds, dvds and jewel cases when you can buy your music and videos online.

Seek out alternatives to the plastic items that you rely on.

Recycle. If you must use plastic, try to choose #1 (PETE) or #2 (HDPE), which are the most commonly recycled plastics. Avoid plastic bags and polystyrene foam as both typically have very low recycling rates.

Volunteer at a beach cleanup. Surfrider Foundation Chapters often hold cleanups monthly or more frequently.

Support plastic bag bans, polystyrene foam bans and bottle recycling bills.

Spread the word. Talk to your family and friends about why it is important to Rise Above Plastics!


O Ecotextiles

I just heard that they are euthanizing wild horses (National Geographic,February 2009) and I thought what good farm animals they would be. Not just for hauling wood out of the forest whole, as should be done, maybe not by wild horses, they are great digesters, if people can find a way to allow them to work grasses into manure. Perhaps eventually we could cooperate enough to find more land that they could graze on, and fence half of it and grow the other half, alternatively. Hum, the best of both worlds. Permaculture has a lot to say about farming with animals. Manure is a valuable thing for crops. As for wild horses, send them to Canada alive! There is plenty of land. Sure horses take up a lot of energy if you keep them in a pen and have to feed them and run them. And they must be unhappy. Permaculture asks for more than one use or yield from all of us.



Wild Horse and Prisoner Redemption

Permaculture asks for more than one use or yield from all of us.

Permauclture and Horses

Especially in the case of being vegetarian, manure is hard to come by, if you don’t have animals to work with. In the case of Permanent Agriculture, where we want to give back more than we are taking, building a reserve of abundance to have and to share, we can choose to be the animals and compost out own ‘waste’ preserve not only water but all of the valuable resources that were previously heading down our toilets to be dealt with in an overflowing chemical system of fear of our own bodies. Psychology might call this self rejection. At any rate my soul is ecstatic that this cycle is finally finding a way to close. Let the A-Bun-Dance begin!

Humanure in Haiti

Humanure Handbook

Akvo, the open source for water and sanitation.

Application of ecological sanitation and permaculture techniques: food
and water security for indigenous tribes and rural areas in Brazil.

Ecological Engineering

Ecological Sanitation Research

Pan African Conservation Education

Ecological Sanitation
© Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
All rights reserved
Published by
Department for Natural Resources and the Environment,
Sida, S-105 25 Stockholm, Sweden

Humanure Handbook teaches how to use nutrient rich waste as a resource. . .

The Garden Project model for community change is an integrated, community-wide, systemic response to crime, high rates of recidivism, and unemployment which links crime and poverty with stewardship of the environment and the community. The United States Department of Agriculture hailed The Garden Project as “one of the most innovative and successful community-based crime prevention programs in the country.”

Watershed Watch , because sometimes, nature knows best. I recommend the full version found here. . .nice animation, and delivery.

Salmon Nation

Among all the “food nations” of North
America, Salmon Nation is the richest in
mushrooms, berries, wild roots, fish, and
shellfish. Native American traditions are at its
core, but other culinary accents – from Spanish
to Japanese – have added to the mix. Renewing
Salmon Nation’s Food Traditions describes over
180 species of local plants and animals – many
now at risk, others recovering, and all deserving
of recognition – that have formed the basis of
food traditions in the Pacific Northwest.
This illustrated handbook brings together
farmers, chefs, fisherfolk, food historians, orchardists,
activists, educators, and wild foragers in an
unprecedented effort to assess the current state of
foods unique to the Pacific Northwest. The result is
a comprehensive guide to the foods that have nurtured
Salmon Nation for centuries.
Renewing Salmon Nation’s Food Traditions
describes the appearance and taste of each species,
its origin and history, geographic range, and
culinary uses. Foods range from the Bing cherry,
Hood strawberry, and Nez Perce bean to Chinook
salmon, candlefish smelt, and geoduck to wild
items such as Oregon black truffle, wapato, and
blackcap raspberry. A resource list provides names
of nurseries, seed companies, and suppliers working
to safeguard and revitalize the heritage foods of
Salmon Nation.


Quest Outreach in Vancouver BC

Almost two decades ago, Quest Outreach Society launched an innovative business model: to rescue food — perfectly good cans, boxes and perishables — that would otherwise be tossed in the garbage and headed for our landfills, and redirect it to hungry people in the Lower Mainland who need it most. We call it the Quest Food Exchange.

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