Podfather: One Man's Journey to Save the Southern Resident Orca

This week's episode is from the field! Susan interviews whale researcher Ken Balcomb. The interview takes place at Ken's Big Salmon Ranch property on the beautiful Elwha River, acquired to preserve a key salmon-spawning habitat that is vital to feeding J, K and L pods.

Calls to Action: For more stories, photos and videos about the individual whales in the Southern Resident pods, as well as information on how to help them, visit the Center for Whale Research site.

Support growing calls to breach the Lower Snake River Dams.

Read the Outside article about Ken (that Susan refers to in the episode) here: "Is It Too Late for the Southern Resident Orcas?"

In North America, you can view wild orca on the West Coast, especially around the San Juan and Gulf Islands, in the summertime.

Intro music: "The Spaces Between" by Scott Buckley.

Interstitial music: "To the Great Beyond" by Stellardrone.

Photo: Susan Woodward.

Thanks to OrcaSound and Ocean Networks Canada for the audio clips of J, K and L pods and to BBC Sounds for ocean waves audio clips.

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Susan Woodward

Susan is a writer and journalist with strong ties to Australia and the West Coast, USA. She resists the corporate destruction of nature and is a passionate defender of our more-than-human animal kin. You will often find her hiking in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest.
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Liam Wilkinson

Liam is our sound engineer and podcast editor. When he isn't working on our audio, you'll often find him walking around the parks of England, cooking up a storm, or writing and performing nature-inspired music under the moniker "Salad Sage."
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Ari Simmons

Ari lives in Portland, Oregon and manages all our podcast's social media demands. She's an avid climate activist and solar energy specialist who is driven to foster a sustainable future inclusive of all living beings.
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Janet Grimwade

Janet has a strong background in graphic design, having built a career in Australia and the United States. Her passion lies in being active in nature.