Connecting People and Whales in the Pacific Northwest
Howard received his degree in Sociology from Colorado College in 1980, and began working with the Center for Whale Research in 1981. In 1996 Garrett wrote "Orcas in Our Midst" is a booklet oriented toward middle-school students. Volume 2 of Orcas in Our Midst was published in 2005. Volume 3, Residents and Transients - How Did That Happen? was published in 2011. Garrett also wrote the entry under "Animal Culture" for the Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior (Greenwood Publishing Group, 2005); and a chapter about the rescue of the solitary orca A73 (Springer), in Between Species.
Howard Garret co-founded Orca Network in November 2001 with Susan Berta.
Orca Network is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization registered in Washington State, dedicated to raising awareness about the whales of the Pacific Northwest, and the importance of providing them healthy and safe habitats. A community is emerging that is increasingly attuned to the orca population that cares about and tries to understand the needs of the resident and transient orcas that inhabit the Salish Sea.
Howard works with his wife, Susan, day in and day out in help to make people aware of how the orcas live their lives in the waters of the Puget Sound in Washington State. They make reports to keep people aware of the lives of those whales who have survived and who have passed. Howard also brings awareness to what individuals can do to help the environment and those who live within the environment.
The biggest campaign that Howard is working on with his wife and Orca Network is to bring Lolita, known as Tokitae, back home to Washington State where she was taken when she was little in August 1970. She was ripped from her mother Ocean Sun. Howard is working hard to make sure he can do whatever possible to reunite mother and daughter. Since 1995 Howard and Susan have conducted a campaign to return Lolita, the last survivor of the orcas captured from the Southern Resident community, from Miami to her home waters in Puget Sound. Howard provides educational presentations for students and community organizations, naturalist talks on the ferries, develops educational materials, and designs and maintains the Orca Network website.
In the words of ~Jacques Cousteau~ "when we return wild animals to nature, we merely return them to what is already theirs. For men cannot give wild animals freedom, they can only take it away." We need to allow the whales to live their lives in the wild and raise awareness with people as to how they live and how to help them survive. Also we need to help Howard in bringing Lolita home where she belongs and should have never been taken from. Let’s help Howard WIN this challenge and show the world that we do care for the environment and the whales who live in it.