|Orca Project 2011: British
Orca Project Registration and Release Form
PRINT THE FORM AT BOTTOM AND SEND TO:
firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to: Orca Project, 5128 Ralph Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45238
Orca Project: Visit: www.dolphinandwhale.org and click on Projects page or email email@example.com for information. You also can visit www.randalleaton.com to view a clip from the award-wining TV broadcast produced by Randall Eaton, “Orca: The Sacred Whale.”
Mission: Orca Project 2011 has a mission of completing a third documentary about orca whales, “Spirit of the Orca,” which examines the orca through native eyes, including the mythopoetics of the coastal B.C. First Nations tribal peoples. We’ll interview elders, medicine people, fishermen and others. Dr. Eaton is convinced that in several important respects the aboriginal peoples of the coast who have lived side-by-side with orcas for millennia know the orca better than contemporary science. He also firmly believes it is important to honor and share their point of view.
Dates: Expedition dates are June 15-21; June 24-30; July 3-9; July 12-18, July 21-27; July 30 – Aug. 5; Aug. 8-14; Aug. 18-24; Aug. 18-24;
and, Aug. 27-Sept. 2. Another expedition might be added on Sept 5 – 11. Each expedition starts at 3 PM on the start-day and ends at noon on the last day. It is the volunteers’ duty to be at the embarkation point at Alder Bay Resort no later than 3PM on the starting day, unless otherwise arranged with Randall Eaton, Director.
Cost: $1300/person; $1000 for students; discount for families (people from three months to 80+ years old have participated). Fee includes: camping area; boats, engines and fuel; kayaks; marine safety gear; food and cooking and eating utensils; radio/emergency phone; binoculars and spotting scopes; field library; tents; transportation of equipment to site; travel from Alder Bay Resort (between Pt McNeil and Telegraph Cove) to campsite and return; instruction and supervision; photography and videography; promotional expense; and, staff compensation.
Not Included: alcoholic beverages; fishing gear; scuba or snorkeling gear; personal cameras; bedding; linen or maid service.
You Bring: sleeping bag and air mattress or pad; clothes – jeans, shorts, sweater or jacket; wool cap or hood; stowable light rain suit; tennis shoes with non-slip soles; knee-high rubber boots recommended; wool socks. Other: biodegradable body soap; insect repellent; sunglasses; flashlight with extra batteries; towel; freezer bag to protect camera at sea; luggage – back pack or duffle bag recommended – with waterproof cover (large,
HD garbage bag works well).
Recommended: A wet or dry suit if you want to snorkel. The water is cold so be sure to bring hood, gloves and booties. Camera with short tele-lens - orcas pass quite close to shore. A short fishing pole with 20# test line, 3-ounce weights, large flashers, pink or green squid lures or spoons. Tackle and licenses available locally. Personal journal.
Camp Water: We haul water to camp for cooking and drinking, and use Solar Showers with salt water for bathing.
Must Bring: Passport. If Immigration agents ask you where you are going and what you are doing tell them you are field research volunteers for the Orca Project and will be staying at a wilderness camp on West Cracroft Island seven miles from Alder Bay. Prohibited: Firearms, fireworks, illegal drugs, TVs, no radios (walkman with ear plugs OK), camp furniture. Bring only what you need.
Volunteer Duties: Through their direct participation, assistance and financial support, volunteers engage in a wilderness expedition with an educational and research mission. All volunteers are required to contribute time, energy and cooperation towards community life in the field. You do bring income to B.C. and the work you are helping to accomplish promotes tourism to B.C. and global interest in orcas and their welfare. Along with daily chores all volunteers will have free time to explore, enjoy and learn about the spectacular environment and the creatures of it. Volunteers divide into teams and rotate duties. A team of 3-4 people may have breakfast duty on one day, but lunch duty the next. There is always someone on duty at the lookout watching for orcas, recording their movements and behavior and identifying individual orcas and pods. Except for planned events or outings, the remainder of volunteers’ days are free for rest, reading, exploration, nature study, kayaking, fishing, photography, snorkeling, etc.
Camp Rules: No one may leave the camp area without permission and reporting to the team on duty so that we always are aware of where volunteers are and when they expect to return. In the event that volunteers do not return on schedule and cannot be sighted, alarm calls will be broadcast to locate them. If that meets with no response then a rescue party will be launched in the direction the volunteers went. Volunteers who fish or kayak must wear life vests at all times, and must adhere to Provincial regulations and camp rules. Violation of provincial regulation or camp rules may result in termination of volunteers without compensation. The Orca Project reserves the right to expel anyone at any time for conduct deemed deleterious to the project, camp, environment, staff or other volunteers.
Diet: Some of the camp food will be organic, but food obtained locally may not be. We will fish and gather foods locally in accordance with Provincial regulations, e.g., digging clams when safe from red tide, trapping prawns, catching salmon and ling cod. Alternatives to seafood will be available as will vegetarian meals.
Travel: The Orca Project is not a travel agency, but here is some
helpful information. Alder Bay Resort is located on the eastern side
of northern Vancouver Island between Port McNeil and Telegraph Cove.
Most volunteers drive up the Island to Alder Bay Resort where they
park their cars or they fly into Port Hardy, the closest airport,
north of Port McNeil. For those of you who drive from the Seattle
area, you have two primary routes: the ferry service at Anacortes,
WA, about an hour north of Seattle, Which will take you through the
San Juan Islands to Sidney on Vancouver Island just north of
Victoria, B.C. Or, you take I-5 north from Seattle, cross the border
to B.C. then To Vancouver and the Tsawassen Ferry over to Nanaimo on
Vancouver Island. From Sidney you travel on Hwy 1 to Nanaimo then
north on Hwy 19 until you are nearly to Port McNeil then look for
the sign to Alder Bay on your right and follow it to the resort,
Park tour car and meet us at the dock. If you fly into Port
Hardy you can rent a taxi to Alder Bay. There are plenty of places
to spend the night on your way north on the Island or at Port Hardy.
Here are some websites and phone numbers that may help you plan your
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