Who: Friends of Haystack Rock & the Cannon Beach Library
What: World of Haystack Rock Library Lecture Series 2019-2020
When: Wednesday February 12, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. (These are recurring lectures with different speakers and topics. They are held on the second Wednesday of every month from November to May).
Where: Cannon Beach Library, 131 N. Hemlock St, Cannon Beach, Oregon
Why: Colleen Weiler; Orcas of the Oregon Coast
Bio: Killer whales, also known as orcas, are perhaps the most widely recognized type of whale or dolphin in the world. With their distinctive black-and-white coloring, tall dorsal fins, and reputation as top predators, everyone knows what an orca is and how they live – or do we? Orcas aren’t just the “wolves of the sea,” they live in incredibly close family groups, have lifespans similar to ours, and are one of the best examples of culture outside of human society. The critically endangered Southern Resident orca community, a unique population living off the west coast of the U.S. and Canada, faces threats from fundamental changes to their ecosystem. How are these orcas connected to Oregon, and what we can we do to help save them? Join us to learn more about orcas of Oregon and saving one of the most endangered whale populations in the world.
Colleen Weiler is the Jessica Rekos Fellow for Orca Conservation at Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC). Her work concentrates on identifying effective conservation strategies and protective measures for orca populations around the world, primarily focused on orcas in the Eastern North Pacific, and especially the critically endangered Southern Resident orca community. She has lived and worked in Oregon for 12 years, after giving up on ever seeing a whale in the Great Lakes of her home state of Michigan.
Friends of Haystack Rock is a nonprofit organization focused on keeping Haystack Rock healthy and thriving. Our mission is to promote the preservation and protection of the intertidal life and birds that inhabit the Marine Garden and Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge at Haystack Rock. We do this in cooperation with Haystack Rock Awareness Program (HRAP) and other partnerships.