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Springer's 10th Anniversary Celebration/Reunion

Telegraph Cove, BC - July 12-15, 2012 


Join us to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Springer's homecoming!

Springer, also known as A73, became a media darling in 2002 when she was orphaned and found separated from her pod.  Springer was rescued, nursed back to health, transported back to her family's home area and released on July 13, 2002. Today Springer is in good health and fully integrated with other whales and her family.

A weekend celebration is being planned to commemorate Springer's success and the power of people working together for a good cause.

Below is the outline of events planned for the weekend.


Springer Reunion Planning Team


Thursday July 12 from 5:00pm
to Sunday July 15 at 12:00pm

Telegraph Cove and Alert Bay, BC 


Schedule of Events

A. Welcome and Opening Reception
Thursday July 12, 2012  5:30 - 9:00pm
Old Saltery Pub, Telegraph Cove
No-host bar 

B. Celebrate Springer! Environmental Fair
Friday July 13 - Sunday July 15, 2012
The Whale Interpretive Center, Telegraph Cove

C. Visit to Alert Bay
Friday July 13, 2012  time to be determined
Alert Bay, B.C.
Itinerary and costs tbd 

D. Springer's Legacy: Panel Discussion
Saturday July 14, 2012  9:30am
The Whale Interpretive Centre, Telegraph Cove

E. Whale-Watch Aboard the Gikumi
Saturday July 14, 2012  1:00pm
Departs from Telegraph Cove
$79/person; $69/children

F. Salmon Dinner on the Boardwalk
Saturday July 14, 2012  6:00pm-ish (depends on what time we
get back from the whale-watch, which depends on the whales)
Telegraph Cove

G. Visit to OrcaLab
Sunday July 15, 2012  10:00am
Hanson Island (depart from Telegraph Cove)
pending transportation; cost tbd

Telegraph Cove
Port McNeil


We can't wait to see you all!
Please let the organizers below which events
you plan to attend.

The Springer Reunion Planning Team
(Vancouver Aquarium, DFO, OrcaLab, NOAA Fisheries,
Orphan Orca Fund and Jim and Mary Borrowman)


Questions? Please contact:
Donna Sandstrom, 1.206.919.5397
Mary Borrowman, 1.888.928.6722












Springer 2002
Photo: John Ford

Springer in the net pen in Dong Chong Bay 2002
Photo: Lance Barrett-Lennard

Springer 2010
Photo: Lance Barrett-Lennard

Springer with other whales 2010
Photo: Lance Barrett-Lennard