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Breaching Extinction is an investigative podcast evaluating the complexities of the declining Southern Resident Killer Whale population in an effort to better understand the trials they currently face, and find solutions through conversation and connection.

Breaching Extinction Erica Wirth

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Breaching Extinction is an investigative podcast evaluating the complexities of the declining Southern Resident Killer Whale population in an effort to better understand the trials they currently face, and find solutions through conversation and connection.

    0.17 Secrets of the Whales

    0.17 Secrets of the Whales

    This week we had a very special porpisode with Brian Skerry, a National Geographic photojournalist about his latest project, Secrets of the Whales. He discusses the development of his project, experiences in the field, and shares advice on conserving our world's oceans. Check out the film on Disney Plus this Earth Day! 

    • 17 min
    66. It's About Dam Time

    66. It's About Dam Time

    It’s time to breach the Snake River dams, for endangered orcas and salmon, climate action, and social justice. And Biden’s Infrastructure Plan is the way to do it. Brian Jenkins from Blackfin Coffee and Gloria Pancrazi from the Coextinction film & PNW Protectors chatted with Erica about the new Infrastructure Plan and how we can use it to help the Southern Residents. 

    Call to action:

    Call and write to Senator Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell!

    Here are some bullet points of what to include in your call or letter:

        ⁃    Biden's infrastructure Bill needs to include breaching the Snake River dams this year. 

        ⁃    This can be done by supporting and funding Mike Simpson’s plan to remove the four lower Snake River dams, but Simpson’s plan needs to be revised to breach this year.

        ⁃    This is key to saving endangered chinook salmon and southern resident orcas. 

        ⁃    Breaching the Snake River dams will create 4000-8000 long-term jobs per year. 

        ⁃    It is also an important step toward climate action and social justice.



    WA. Senator Cantwell

    Phone: (202) 224-3441

    Fax: (202) 228-0541

    Address: 915 Second Ave., Suite 3206

    Seattle, WA 98174



    WA Senator Murray

    Phone: (425) 259-6515

    Fax: (509) 624-9561

    Address: 2988 Jackson Federal Building

    915 2nd Ave.

    Seattle, Washington 98174



    #itsaboutdamtime

    • 44 min
    65. Emoceanial Currents

    65. Emoceanial Currents

    This week Erica chatted with Kelly Biedenweg professor at Oregon State University in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife about her publication Mixed emotions associated with orca (Orcinus orca) conservation strategies. Kelly is an interdisciplinary social scientist who evaluates conservation through the lens of psychology, anthropology, sociology, geography, political science, and other disciplines. Her study provide important insight on the role of emotions in Orca conservation. 

    • 35 min
    64. Scientific Discovery on the Road to Recovery

    64. Scientific Discovery on the Road to Recovery

    This week Erica chatted with Lynn Barre Southern Resident Recovery Coordinator at NOAA about current efforts in place to help the SRKW's. She talks about the role of science, NOAA, and how we can help as individuals. 

    • 39 min
    0.21 How Sea Stars Kelp

    0.21 How Sea Stars Kelp

    Liam, Shelby, and Erica discuss the importance of sea stars in the Salish and sea star wasting disease. 





    Video of sea star eating urchin (Disclaimer: please review wildlife viewing guidelines in your area when handling wildlife) 

    • 15 min
    63. Salmon, Our Power Cord

    63. Salmon, Our Power Cord

    In this weeks episode Erica chatted with Alexandra Morton about her work conserving salmon populations. She shares her experiences with the Northern Resident Killer Whales as well as her insights on what we can do to conserve salmon along the west coast of Canada and the United States.

    • 55 min

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I’ve enjoyed every episode of this podcast. Erica (and Ellie) have done a wonderful job of balancing education and fun around all things orca and marine research. This podcast welcomes a wide range of guests of various professions and specializations and I feel like I am always gaining a new perspective on something, learning lots, and hearing of new resources. Moreover, this podcast is openly inclusive to all and promotes accessibility. Thank you!!

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