The Whatcom Marine Mammal Stranding Network (WMMSN) is a 501 (c) (3) state & federal non-profit organization of volunteers who are dedicated to the care of distressed or deceased marine mammals.
Under an authority granted by the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), WMMSN does the following:
- Responds to reports of stranded, distressed or deceased marine mammals
- Assesses the condition of stranded marine mammals & determines how best to help them
- Prevents human contact & interference with stranded marine mammals
- In some cases, careful & safe removal of deceased marine mammals
- Determines why marine mammals have died, performing necropsies when necessary
- Determines if stranded/deceased marine mammal poses a biological threat to humans or marine life
- Educates the public about local marine mammals & how best to cohabitate with them
Use this website to find out about the Whatcom Marine Mammal Stranding Network & discover the many ways that you can help.
Birch Bay Orca Fest May 28th at the BP Heron Center, Birch Bay State Park
Come to the Birch Bay State Park on Saturday, May 28th from 12:00 p.m. to 8 p.m. to celebrate Orcas and our diverse marine ecosystem. Enjoy live music and a variety of presentations. Principal Investigator Victoria Souze will be one of the keynote speakers. See you there! For more information: http://www.bbwarm.whatcomcounty.org/news-and-event-stories/birchbayorcafest-saturdaymay28
‘What’s the Point’ a Beach Discovery Event on June 4th
Saturday on June 4th the Whatcom Marine Mammal Stranding Network will be participating in ‘What’s the Point’ educational event at Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. For more information go to: http://www.whatcomlandtrust.org/
Seal Pup Holding Facility Becomes a Reality
Volunteers began construction of the Seal Pup Holding Facility at the Humane Society Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center. The generous donations from many individuals, groups and companies made this possible. Thank you! The facility will be inspected and permitted under NOAA’s standards for harbor seal pup rescue. Pupping season starts in May! See all the photos at https://wildorca.smugmug.com/photos/swfpopup.mg?AlbumKey=JNVtvP
Can You Help?
Last year the Whatcom Marine Mammal Stranding Network rescued 9 seal pups. They were transferred to the Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation on San Juan Island for rehab and release. This year Wolf Hollow will not accept any seal pups.
Working with the Humane Society Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation we want to create a place for seal pups who have been injured, orphaned or abandoned oftentimes from human interference.
Our goal is to set up a separate holding facility at the existing center for seal pups. To accomplish this goal we need to purchase building materials, fencing and equipment to make seal pup formula. The facility will be inspected and permitted under NOAA’s standards for harbor seal pup rescue. Pupping season starts in May!
Please click on our PayPal donation link. Thank you!
Watch the YouTube video for the Seal Pup Rescue Facility Fund Campaign https://youtu.be/XgtZiyj0aSs
“The Honeysuckle Story” is now on YouTube
Honeysuckle was an abandoned harbor seal pup recovered by the Whatcom Marine Mammal Stranding Network on Lummi Island and rehabilitated at the Wolf Hollow Rehab Center near the town of Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, Washington. The SeaDoc Society tagged Honeysuckle along with two other seal pups with satellite tags to see where they went after release. Honeysuckle surprised us!
See it on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbaY2G1Jomk