Museum Resources

This page includes information and resources for docents and other volunteers working in the Museum.  

* Indicates links included on the docent tablets.  

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Orcas in the Salish Sea

General Biology
Transient vs Southern Resident Ecotypes
Social Behavior: Transients vs Southern Residents

PTMSC Orca Project/Hope’s Story
The Stranding of CA189
Preparing Hope’s Skeleton

Current Threats
Food availability:
Residents - The Decline of Salmon 
Transients - Big Year for Bigg’s Killer Whales 

Contaminants in Orcas

Noise pollution: 
The Roar Below

Other useful sources
Listening for Orcas
PTMSC’s Orca Bone Atlas
Marine Mammal Stranding Network
Orca Network Whale Sighting List

Gray Whales in the Salish Sea

General Biology
Gray whale migration map
Gray Whale info
Gray Whale Feeding Pits (Satellite Image)

1999 PTMSC Gray Whale/Spirit’s Story
Spirit the Gray Whale
1999 Stranding Event

Current Threats
Current (2019) Gray Whale Stranding Event 

Other useful sources
North Puget Sound Gray Whales (“Sounders”)

Climate Change resources 
Ocean Acidification in the PNW 
Ocean Acidification overview

Other natural history resources
Marine Bird Info in Salish Sea
Puget Sound Seabird Survey (Citizen science @ PTMSC!) 
WA Sea Otter 2018 Status Review
River Otter vs Sea Otter/Otter Spotter Guide
Harbor Seals
Harbor Seal Pup 101

Classroom exhibit resources
Marine Debris
Elwha River Restoration 
Elwha’s Living Laboratory

Miscellaneous/General resources
Old NHE Docent Guide 
Salish Sea Facts 
Puget Sound Partnership
Seafood Watch 
Rain gardens in PT
Rain gardens 
Encyclopedia of Puget Sound
Aquarium Resources