NOAA http://kplu.org en This Is What Puget Sound Orcas Sound Like When They Talk To Each Other http://kplu.org/post/what-puget-sound-orcas-sound-when-they-talk-each-other <p>Ever hear an orca speak?&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 22px;">Ken Balcomb, who many regard as the godfather of whale&nbsp;conservation, captured their chatter using a hydrophone on San Juan Island:&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 19:10:33 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 17421 at http://kplu.org This Is What Puget Sound Orcas Sound Like When They Talk To Each Other Key To Saving Endangered Orcas: Chinook Salmon, Says Local Expert http://kplu.org/post/key-saving-endangered-orcas-chinook-salmon-says-local-expert <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/156055333&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Following the release of a </span><a href="http://www.nwfsc.noaa.gov/news/features/killer_whale_report/index.cfm" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">federal report on the state of endangered orcas</a>, one local researcher says there's one factor that matters more to the whales' wellness than toxins and vessel traffic: fish.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ken </span>Balcomb<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, who many regard as the godfather of whale</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;conservation,</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;is the director of the </span><a href="http://www.whaleresearch.com/#!about-orcas/c1qa8" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Center for Whale Research</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in Friday Harbor. For almost 40 years now, the center has been keeping track of every individual whale in the three pods that make up the southern resident population of the iconic </span>orcas<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> that live in Puget Sound.</span></p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 17403 at http://kplu.org Key To Saving Endangered Orcas: Chinook Salmon, Says Local Expert Feds Weigh Protecting Orcas In West Coast Waters http://kplu.org/post/feds-weigh-protecting-orcas-west-coast-waters <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">A federal agency is weighing whether to protect endangered orcas in the waters off the West Coast.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>NOAA Fisheries said Thursday it would consider a petition by the Center for Biological Diversity seeking to expand the critical habitat for southern resident killer whales.</p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 21:07:54 +0000 The Associated Press 16259 at http://kplu.org Feds Weigh Protecting Orcas In West Coast Waters Cantwell Grills NOAA Nominee on Ocean Acidification Funding http://kplu.org/post/cantwell-grills-noaa-nominee-ocean-acidification-funding <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ocean health is at stake as Congress decides whether to confirm the next&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.</span></p><p>The nominee faced tough questions from Washington Senator Maria Cantwell, about funding for research of and adaptation to ocean acidification.</p><p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 23:27:06 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 10074 at http://kplu.org Cantwell Grills NOAA Nominee on Ocean Acidification Funding Puget Sound Orcas to Remain Protected http://kplu.org/post/puget-sound-orcas-remain-protected <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The charismatic black and white killer whales that spend their summers in Puget Sound will remain protected under the Endangered Species Act.</p><p>The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has rejected a call to de-list resident orcas.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 19:06:12 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 9510 at http://kplu.org Puget Sound Orcas to Remain Protected Feds testing drones for scientific and environmental missions http://kplu.org/post/feds-testing-drones-scientific-and-environmental-missions <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">They’re the tools of modern-day warfare: unmanned aircraft systems better known as drones.</span></p><p>They’re also being tested to help carry out important scientific missions, including surveys of wildlife and marine debris in the <a href="http://olympiccoast.noaa.gov/" target="_blank">National Marine Sanctuary</a> off the coast of the Olympic Peninsula. Tue, 09 Jul 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 9273 at http://kplu.org Feds testing drones for scientific and environmental missions Blue Ribbon panel warns about dangers of ocean acidification http://kplu.org/post/blue-ribbon-panel-warns-about-dangers-ocean-acidification <p>Carbon emissions are threatening Washington&rsquo;s shellfish industry. That&rsquo;s the concern of the Governor&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.ecy.wa.gov/water/marine/oceanacidification.html#members">Blue Ribbon Panel on Ocean Acidification</a>, which meets today in Seattle.</p><p> Wed, 23 May 2012 17:44:22 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 5076 at http://kplu.org Blue Ribbon panel warns about dangers of ocean acidification UW Researchers stream live video from undersea volcano http://kplu.org/post/uw-researchers-stream-live-video-undersea-volcano <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-983173.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-983173.mp3</a></p><p>A University of Washington research ship is sending amazing live video of the aftermath of an undersea volcanic eruption. The large volcano is about 300 miles due west of Astoria, Oregon.</p><p>Some scientists theorize life on our planet started at a place like this.</p><p> Tue, 23 Aug 2011 23:14:46 +0000 Tom Banse 2402 at http://kplu.org UW Researchers stream live video from undersea volcano Newport, Ore., prepares to welcome NOAA http://kplu.org/post/newport-ore-prepares-welcome-noaa <p>NEWPORT, Ore. &ndash; A fleet of federal research ships is moving from Seattle to the Oregon coast. This weekend, state and local leaders in Newport are celebrating the transition with festivities. The state of Oregon kicked in nearly $20 million to help Newport lure the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration&#39;s Pacific operation center from its long-time home.</p><p>From the Yaquina Bay Bridge, a huge bridge over the harbor, you can get a good view of the new NOAA pier. It can hold up to a half-dozen ocean-going ships.</p> Thu, 18 Aug 2011 16:43:16 +0000 Chris Lehman 2355 at http://kplu.org Newport, Ore., prepares to welcome NOAA Average July 4th: sunnier and warmer than you might think http://kplu.org/post/average-july-4th-sunnier-and-warmer-you-might-think <p>The weather for the 4<sup>th</sup> of July this year is looking pretty good, with scattered clouds in the forecast and highs in the low seventies.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>That&rsquo;s actually pretty typical, says Carl Carniglia with the national weather service in Seattle.&nbsp; He looked back at local statistics from the late 1800s to the present and found the historical data contradicts the cliché of rainy weather for Independence day.</p><p> Fri, 01 Jul 2011 22:10:58 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 2002 at http://kplu.org Average July 4th: sunnier and warmer than you might think Japan tsunami illustrates risks facing Pacific Northwest coast http://kplu.org/post/japan-tsunami-illustrates-risks-facing-pacific-northwest-coast <p>The same type of tectonic earthquake that hit&nbsp;Japan - involving the collision of plates that make up the Earth&#39;s&nbsp;crust - could happen in the Northwest.&nbsp;&nbsp;Similar faults lie in the Cascadia subduction zone.&nbsp;</p><div>The head of the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network at the&nbsp;University of Washington, John Vidale, told The Seattle Times&#39; Sandi Doughton the&nbsp;Cascadia fault last ruptured in 1700. &nbsp;<a href="http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2014466822_quakethreat12m.html">Scientists believe it&nbsp;generated at magnitude 9 earthquake</a> and a tsunami that may have&nbsp;been bigger than the one that battered Japan.&nbsp;</div><p> Fri, 11 Mar 2011 23:45:55 +0000 The Associated Press & KPLU News Staff 984 at http://kplu.org Japan tsunami illustrates risks facing Pacific Northwest coast Task Force: Kill more Columbia River sea lions http://kplu.org/post/task-force-kill-more-columbia-river-sea-lions <p><span class="article-content"><span>A task force convened by the federal government is recommending that wildlife agents get more aggressive about trapping and killing sea lions in the Columbia River. </span></span></p><p> Fri, 12 Nov 2010 16:57:39 +0000 Tom Banse 138 at http://kplu.org Task Force: Kill more Columbia River sea lions