Mark your calendars, as this event only happens once or twice a year! On June 5, Eagle Wing Tours is offering a special tour with guest Ken Balcomb, Executive Director and Principal Investigator of the Center for Whale Research. Ken has been studying the Southern Resident Killer Whales since 1976, when he founded the Orca survey. Based on San Juan Island, Ken is the area’s preeminent orca scientist, and along with a wealth of technical information, he has an endless supply of stories of the individual whales he has been studying for 40 years. For their part, the whales certainly seem to recognize him as well!
Eagle Wing Tours is Canada’s first 100% carbon-neutral whale-watching company, and certified Gold with Green Tourism Canada. They are also members of 1% for the Planet and are proud to support a variety of local conservation initiatives that directly benefit the whales, including the Center for Whale Research. In 2013, Eagle Wing was the first whale-watching company to implement a Wildlife Fee of $2.00 per person, with 100% of those funds being split equally between the Pacific Salmon Foundation (more food for the whales!) and the Center for Whale Research. Last year, each organization was presented with a cheque for $22,847.00. That’s a lot of whale research!
The Whale Researcher Tour coincides with World Oceans Day celebrations at Fisherman’s Wharf. Activities run from 11-5, with participation from a dozen different organizations including the Center for Whale Research. Passengers from the tour will have plenty of time to check out all of the displays once they disembark from their whale-watching adventure.
50% of proceeds from the 3rd annual Whale Research Tour will go directly to the Center for Whale Research. Space is limited, so book today!
To learn more about the Center for Whale Research, check out http://www.whaleresearch.com/.
To read more about past Whale Researcher Tours, go here https://www.eaglewingtours.com/whale-researcher-tour-2015 and here https://www.eaglewingtours.com/whale-researcher-tour-with-whale-specialist-ken-balcomb.