Join a fast-growing, worldwide corps of kid conservationists working to protect the Northern and Southern Resident Community of orcas.
Modeled after the United States National Parks Junior Ranger program, Orca Rangers must earn their badge — by carefully spotting, observing and reporting wild orcas and other marine mammals from shore points along Washington and British Columbia, as well as aboard any Pacific Whale Watch Association vessel.
Ranger candidates keep their own Field Journal, a checklist of 12 mammal species seen in the Sound and Straits of this North American Serengeti, from rambunctious sea and river otters, to harbor seals and porpoises, to massive baleen whales like the grays and humpbacks, all the way up to the top of the food chain, the Bigg’s (transient) killer whales and our beloved resident orcas. Eight of the 12 species on the PWWA Orca Ranger checklist must be spotted, confirmed and journaled before the candidate will be certified. Sightings of other, less common marine mammals within the Pacific Northwest may also qualify.
Once candidates successfully complete their field obervation prerequisites, they become Orca Rangers. As part of that distinctive honor, Rangers take on a big responsibility — to commit themselves forever to be advocates for orcas, wherever they may be.
But most importantly, Orca Rangers are a part of a society of earnest, dedicated young people around the world who understand that when one takes on the duty of helping megafauna, you have to start down on that food chain, protecting all things great and small. Orcas need salmon, salmon need smaller fish and bugs, bugs need clean water… the further down you go, the closer you get to you. It’s what we do at home, no matter where that is, that ultimately makes a difference in the orcas’ home, their habitat, their range. And if we do right there, we are true Orca Rangers.