Because Orcasound is a cooperative network, there are many ways to our efforts:
- First and foremost, you can donate to or volunteer with any of the current Orcasound network members, many of whom are 501c3 organizations
- To support the hydrophone network in general, including its overall coordination, you have two choices:
- Make a charitable donation to the Orcasound project through the current 501c3 fiscal sponsor, Orca Network, or
- Contact Beam Reach, SPC regarding the purchase of shares in the Washington State Social Purpose Corporation
Funding history and acknowledgments
The network was expanded from 2006-2012 with generous support from the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) through a grant administered by The Whale Museum and coordinated by principal investigators Scott and Val Veirs of Beam Reach. Since 2012, other major funding has come from the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), Beam Reach, and Cornell University (Chuck Greene).
In 2017 we began to diversify the network’s sources of support and build resiliency, in part by formalizing the roles and responsibilities of network members through an MOA and History/Vision document. We look forward to all Network members collaborating to raise funds to benefit their own node(s) and — in accordance with our Memorandum of Understanding — the network as a whole.
In May, 2017, the Orcasound community supported the network through a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign. In celebration of the 1st anniversary of the successful Kickstarter, on May 25, 2018, we announced that beta-testing of the Orcasound app — a new way to listen for whales — will occur during “Orca Month” in June, 2018. Simultaneously, we would like to thank a select group of Kickstarter backers who supported the project at the Founders level by listing them on a new Orcasound App Founders web page.