Procession of the Species
2019 Procession of the Species theme is “3 Steps to an Orca”
Habitat loss, urbanization, environmental toxins, river damming, and climate change are a few of the many factors leading to the disruption of the Orca food web. Join us as we celebrate and work towards protecting and promoting the Salish Sea as a place of abundance and life! The 9th Annual Lopez Island Celebration of Biodiversity on Earth.
With the recent news headlines highlighting the declining population of our local southern resident killer whales, we are stepping back to take a larger perspective on the role of creatures in and around the Salish Sea that support not only orcas but all of life. The theme of the 2019 Procession of the Species is “3 Steps to an Orca”: a highlight of 3 tiers of the food web leading up to orcas: phytoplankton and diatoms (tier 1), forage fish such as herring and sand lance (tier 2), and wild salmon particularly Chinook/King (tier 3). Habitat loss, urbanization, environmental toxins, river damming, and climate change are a few of the many factors leading to the disruption of this food web, but dedicating our efforts to improving the health and vitality of all biodiversity in the Salish Sea is the key to achieving positive change. Join us as we celebrate and work towards protecting and promoting the Salish Sea as a place of abundance and life!
Gather at 3:00 p.m. and Parade starts moving at 3:30 p.m. Rain or Shine!
Sponsored by: Lopez Island Conservation Corps. (LICC), Bureau of Land Management, and the San Juan Islands Conservation District
Procession of the Species Education and Costume-Making Workshop take place earlier the same day. Meet at Lopez Island Family Resource Center Conference Room from 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. Ages 5-12 and kids must bring an adult.