YOU CAN HELP: Duwamish Alive! opportunities to restore habitat for salmon needed by orcas for survival

Bob Kirk, Chad, Phillip Osborne, and Jasmin Lightbody planting wetland plants.
(WSB file photo)

If you’re concerned about Southern Resident Killer Whales – still languishing with historically low population numbers – here’s a simple way to help. The one-day volunteer event Duwamish Alive! is back at full strength this fall with the theme “Saving Our Salmon Saves Our Orcas.” Just clear your calendar for 10 am-2 pm Saturday, October 15th – even if you can’t volunteer. The announcement from the Duwamish Alive! Coalition explains:

With the latest news about our Southern Resident Orcas, saving our river’s salmon – especially chinook, which the orcas need – is critical to their survival. Join us for a day of restoring the health of our watershed and salmon habitat at sites from Seattle to Auburn. The Green-Duwamish Watershed will be alive with hundreds of volunteers working throughout it to improve the health of its habitat and water for salmon, orcas, wildlife, and communities . This collaborative effort brings together many organizations and municipalities to highlight the complexity of our watershed and its importance to our region in restoring its health and the salmon that depend upon it. We will be working in the upland forests, along and in the river, its tributaries, and wetlands from Seattle to Auburn.

Because our watershed is important to the survival of our Southern Resident Orcas, we are also partnering with Conservation Districts’ Orca Recovery Day event throughout the region. We will be hosting not only volunteering opportunities, but at many of our sites we will have community engagement/educational activities for the broader community to enjoy. This is a family-friendly event, with all ages welcome. Tools and instruction are provided. Contact:

For site information and registration:

As you’ll see on that page, six of the restoration sites are in West Seattle; you can join an on-the-water event on the Duwamish River, too.

12 Replies to "YOU CAN HELP: Duwamish Alive! opportunities to restore habitat for salmon needed by orcas for survival"

  • Jeff October 3, 2022 (10:53 am)

    Salmons keep me alive too 😋😋😋

    • Kersti Elisabeth Muul October 3, 2022 (1:07 pm)

      Difference being, you don’t require them for your survival 

      • Chaz October 5, 2022 (8:18 am)

        Hear hear!

  • MacJ October 3, 2022 (11:34 am)

    Unfortunate time for to be down/inaccessible…

    • WSB October 3, 2022 (2:33 pm)

      Perhaps a temporary outage – it’s working now, and it was working when I tested some of the links (including clicking through to ensure there were still volunteer openings) right before publishing this. – TR

  • Kersti Elisabeth Muul October 3, 2022 (2:09 pm)

    Jpod is live now near Lime Kiln watch and listen here:

  • deo October 3, 2022 (3:12 pm)

    The link in the post doesn’t work. Fixed link: (not https). See you there on October 15th!

    • WSB October 3, 2022 (3:26 pm)

      OK, another that hasn’t gone https yet. Changed.

      • Stacy Martin October 3, 2022 (11:37 pm)

        Hey TR – The link in the “for site info & registration” instance is changed/functioning, but the “Duwamish Alive!” linked text in the first paragraph is still pointed to an https address and not currently functioning (in case you wanna change that one too).  – slm

  • Smoosh October 3, 2022 (8:32 pm)

    I love the message and the effort.  The branding is sad though.  They aren’t Our salmon and orca, they are The salmon and orca.  Maybe if we were less focused on ourselves and what belongs to us we would be more invested in what really matters and doing things that really do help like removing the snake river and other dams, providing housing for all so the local wetlands aren’t being poisoned by the feces and diesel of human encampments, prioritizing mass transit options and more.  Since we can’t have that maybe we can at least not consider them collectively owned.

    • beaner66 October 5, 2022 (9:42 am)

      Thank you, Duwamish Alive, for providing the opportunity for our community to engage in an issue that is so dear to PNW’s hearts! Just getting people involved, engaged, and collaborating is such a boon for further engagement, and gets people involved with solution-oriented ACTION. Local (and global) watersheds,  marine life, and our relationships with them are so complex that it is hard to get people on the same page sometimes. Semantics and technical issues aside, I think your mission is a noble one, and I commend you all for giving us the opportunity to be part of a solution. I will be in touch to see how I can help!                             

  • Ted October 7, 2022 (12:31 pm)

     Am I missing something?  The link here provides info, but no apparent way to register.

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