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Singing to the Sound
From wolves to salmon, from the great blue Heron to the gray whale, Singing to the Sound is Brenda Peterson's eloquent refrain to the American West. In this book of personal and journalistic essays, Brenda Peterson explores and illuminates the complicated, but essential relationship between humans and animals, between humans and nature. Whether describing her swims with dolphins in the wild; the healing benefits of animal play; or the ongoing battles over hunting wolves and whales, Peterson gives her readers the opportunity to become "other" as she muses and envisions nature, animals and spirit in new ways.


Praise for Singing to the Sound
"It is such empathy for both humans and the natural world that sets this remarkable author apart."
--Bloomsbury Review
"A Peterson essay can take off like a flock of birds . . . She sings to us about ourselves."
"Each passionate story examines the way humans commune or collide with the natural world, so that a pearl of wisdom is always found beneath the surface. Peterson writes with spiritual maturity and environmental authority." Spirituality editor

Read Brenda's orca articla, "Resurfacing" in National Parks magazine, summer 2006
Astonishing rescue of a young female orca near Vancouver, B.C.
This spring we had a "baby boom" of four new orca calves born to our Resident J, K, and L pods!
They are thriving and the Salish Sea is a "pre-school" as these newborns learn to hunt and socialize with their family pods. We hope they will all continue to thrive in our home waters!
Here's a family album!
October 25, 2015 Seattle Times article on Orca pods rebounding in Northwest. Very cool drone video of J, K, and L pods, with possible pregnancies!
UPDATE: September 3, 2015 More great video of the new calves thriving at 7-8 months! KIRO 7 TV video

#ORCA BABIES! >> The most recent photos of the J and L-pod babies show they are thriving! They are all 7 to 9 months old now, but are still sticking close to their mothers. Until this year, it had been three years since a successful birth in our killer wale population. #WakeUpWithUs: Watch #KIRO7 on air or online >>

Posted by KIRO 7 Eyewitness News on Thursday, September 3, 2015
Posted by KIRO 7 Eyewitness News on Thursday, September 3, 2015
Family Album photos of new calves born to Southern Residents J, K, and L pods
WATCH Magical orca video of Southern Resident J, K, and L pods in Pacific Northwest by VOICE OF tHE ORCAS
Listen to hydrophones recording orca vocalizations and see up-close video of orca veteran researcher, Ken Balcomb, of the Center for Whale Research encountering J, L pods and transient (T pods). video by Jeffrey Ventre.