Posted by: onboardtourswhales | December 21, 2017

2017 Reflections

Looking back at 2017 such overwhelming events and times of despair. Our endangered Southern Resident orca now only 76 individuals and the least amount of sightings here in the Salish Sea in 43 years of research. Southern Resident orca Lolita-Tokitae still in captivity although public support is expanding to bring her home.

Then I also remember many community gatherings and more actions this year. Sharing environmental issues and choices one person at a time, people are collectively making meaningful differences. Participating and witnessing resiliency of people and ecosystems restores hope- there is still possibility.

I went through my photos, and I didn’t get many of whales, but all wildlife and we people are connected, all are essential parts of the web of life, we all need each other to respectfully co-exist on earth. Moments going outside and seeing hearing smelling all this life with others fills my spirit with joy and inspires me to keep learning advocating doing.

Today is Northern Hemisphere Winter Solstice. The darkest day with more light returning tomorrow. May we lighten our consumption and destruction, may we be compassionate, may we heal nature as nature heals us.

These are days of many celebrations. May we celebrate the best of ourselves. Cheers to possibility and hope to be the best of humanity in 2018 and onward.

December- Bald Eagle majestically perched atop Cattle Point Lighthouse overlooking the straits

November- Mama Columbian black-tailed deer with her twins

October- J Pod orca off Kanaka Bay in Strait of Juan de Fuca

September- Gulls resting Cormorants drying Kingfisher territory

August- Ring-billed gull

July- Bigg’s Transient T51 hunting Harbor seal for lunch and sharing with T37A’s off of Discovery Islands BC Canada

June- wetlands rabbit

May- Camellia flower

April- local San Juan Island Harbor seal Popeye is pregnant

March- my backyard view from Humpback Whale and Sea Turtle research internship on Salt Cay, Turks and Caicos Islands (prior to Hurricane Irma, thankful all residents survived- prepared, resilient people now rebuilding)

February- Friday Harbor mighty Douglas fir tree and snow dust

January- Trumpeter swans love, Canada geese




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