Re Sources Celebrates Orca Month with Waterfront Kayak Tour on June 25th

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BELLINGHAM, WA — In celebration of Orca Month this June, RE Sources for Sustainable Communities and Moondance Sea Kayak Adventures invite the public to join a kayak tour of Bellingham’s waterfront from 6:00 – 8:30 PM on Monday, June 25th.

Tour leaders will show kayakers a perspective of Bellingham Bay that can’t be seen from land, and visit sites that illuminate the history of Bellingham Bay, its historic contamination, cleanup and habitat improvement opportunities, and how our local bay plays a role in the health of the Salish Sea and its endangered orca population.

“The Bay has long suffered from a history of pollution and habitat destruction, which harms our orcas and the fish they rely on for food,” said Eleanor Hines, North Sound Baykeeper and Lead Scientist at RE Sources. “This evening adventure will give folks a better sense of our Bay’s history from a unique perspective — from Bellingham Bay itself — plus a chance to see cleanup sites firsthand, and what’s being done to remedy the past.”

“Orca Month in June is a chance to celebrate one of our region’s most iconic wildlife species, but also an opportunity to reflect on the plight of these fragile creatures,” according to the Orca Awareness Month website. During Orca Month, organizations and individuals from across the Salish Sea host educational and celebratory events to raise awareness of the threats facing the Southern Resident orca population, and opportunities to engage in protection efforts.

The tour costs $50 per person including a tandem kayak rental, or $35 per person for those who bring their own kayak. No experience is needed for those renting kayaks, but participants must be physically fit to paddle, and those under the age of 18 must be with a parent or guardian. Participants must register in advance by signing up online at http://bit.ly/orcamonthpaddle. Moondance Sea Kayak Adventures can be contacted for more information, at info@moondancekayak.com, or (360) 738-7664.

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RE Sources for Sustainable Communities is a local nonprofit organization in Bellingham, WA dedicated to protecting the health of northwest Washington’s people and ecosystems through the application of science, education, advocacy, and action. For more information, visit re-sources.org.

Moondance Sea Kayak Adventures specializes in small group kayak tours to promote low impact interaction with our natural surroundings. Kayak tours offered May to September in Larrabee State Park, Lummi Island, Bellingham Bay, Cypress & Sucia Islands.

Written and Provided by:

Hannah Coughlin
Communications Director
RE Sources for Sustainable Communities

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