Mark Leiren-Young is creating PodCasts & news to help orcas, oceans & the environment
35

patrons

$408
per month
Do you love whales?

Do you love our oceans?

Are you a fan of science based facts and and fact-based reality?

Then please join Skaana in creating and sharing skaana.org a podcast that finds and features the latest news on orcas, oceans and the environment.

My new movie, The Hundred Year Old Whale, shares the story of Granny - the former matriarch of the endangered southern resident orcas. 

My latest book, The Killer Whale Who Changed the World, tells the story of Moby Doll, the whale that launched the captivity era, the sfirst era or orca science and the movement to save the whales. 

More importantly... and the reason I decided to dive into the Patreon pond... After spending all this time studying these orcas I don't want the book and movie to become a eulogy, so I'm trying to do all I can to help save Moby's family. 

Both Moby and Granny are from J Pod, the most resident of the Southern Resident orcas -- the icons of BC and Washington. As I write this, there are only only 80 79 75 74 of these amazing orcas left in the wild. 

In Canada, these orcas face a terrifying new threat. I've spoken to scientists who believe the expansion of the Transmountain pipeline equals extinction for the southern residents. I shared this in a speech to a Canadian government panel that toured BC to create the illusion the KM proposal was actually up for debate.

In the USA, Washington's orca experts believe they can save these whales by demolishing out-of-date dams.

In my work over the past few years I've met many of the world's top orca experts and I'd like you to meet them too.

I'd also like you to meet these amazing whales. 

These orcas have a culture that predates ours by hundreds of thousands of years. They are one of only two species on earth besides humans where females live far beyond their reproductive years. The evolutionary theory behind this is "the grandmother hypothesis" which posits that in this culture - as in our own - reproductive ability isn't as valuable as sharing wisdom.

My goal with Skaana is to talk about what we can and should do to save these orcas, our oceans and the other whales in the seven seas.

Even the most basic podcast requires paying for space to host data, recording equiptment, software and time for researching, recording, editing, posting and promoting each episode. 

When I made my movie, The Green Chain, I created and hosted a podcast featuring some of the world's most fascinating voices on forestry issues. The series ran on The Tyee and on the NFB website and the interviews were collected in the book, The Green Chain: Nothing is Ever Clearcut. So we'll do all we can to the stories we find for Skaana.

Thanks for reading and for being a vital part of Skaana!

Mark
Tiers
Podmate
$1 or more per month 17 patrons
  • Patron only newsletter.
  • Behind the scenes photos.
  • Suggest upcoming guests - and questions you'd like me to ask.
Orcaholic
$3 or more per month 13 patrons
  • Exclusive access to podcast outtakes & bonus material.
  • Thanks on the podcast to 5 sponsors each episode.

Plus all previous rewards

Big fish
$9 or more per month 4 patrons
  • Exclusive early access to bonus video material from the upcoming documentaries. 
  • Plus all previous rewards.  
Whale
$18 or more per month 3 patrons
  • Your name in the credits of bonus videos (and, if it happens) the video version of PodCast)
  • I'll mail you a copy of one of my CDs -- either Greenpieces or Forgive Us We're Canadian.
  • Plus all previous rewards
  • NOTE: I will email you to confirm which CD you'd prefer after you pledge, shipments made after 1st pledge goes through.
Pilot Whale
$50 or more per month 1 patron
  • A thank you in every episode you maintain this level (after your first pledge clears).
  • The audiobook for The Killer Whale Who Changed the World or Never Shoot a Stampede Queen (after second month as a sponsor).
  • Plus all previous rewards
Blue Whale
$200 or more per month 0 of 3 patrons
  • At $200 a month you can be an official sponsor of one podcast episode per month... as in "this episode is brought to you by..." and we can toss in your official slogan/contact info etc. as long as no whales are likely to be harmed in the making of your product. Sorry Kinder Morgan. 
  • Plus any previous rewards you want!
Goals
$408 of $600 per month
When we hit $600 per month we will breach several times and then increase the frequency of the podcast to every two weeks. We will also launch a companion publication online!!!
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Do you love whales?

Do you love our oceans?

Are you a fan of science based facts and and fact-based reality?

Then please join Skaana in creating and sharing skaana.org a podcast that finds and features the latest news on orcas, oceans and the environment.

My new movie, The Hundred Year Old Whale, shares the story of Granny - the former matriarch of the endangered southern resident orcas. 

My latest book, The Killer Whale Who Changed the World, tells the story of Moby Doll, the whale that launched the captivity era, the sfirst era or orca science and the movement to save the whales. 

More importantly... and the reason I decided to dive into the Patreon pond... After spending all this time studying these orcas I don't want the book and movie to become a eulogy, so I'm trying to do all I can to help save Moby's family. 

Both Moby and Granny are from J Pod, the most resident of the Southern Resident orcas -- the icons of BC and Washington. As I write this, there are only only 80 79 75 74 of these amazing orcas left in the wild. 

In Canada, these orcas face a terrifying new threat. I've spoken to scientists who believe the expansion of the Transmountain pipeline equals extinction for the southern residents. I shared this in a speech to a Canadian government panel that toured BC to create the illusion the KM proposal was actually up for debate.

In the USA, Washington's orca experts believe they can save these whales by demolishing out-of-date dams.

In my work over the past few years I've met many of the world's top orca experts and I'd like you to meet them too.

I'd also like you to meet these amazing whales. 

These orcas have a culture that predates ours by hundreds of thousands of years. They are one of only two species on earth besides humans where females live far beyond their reproductive years. The evolutionary theory behind this is "the grandmother hypothesis" which posits that in this culture - as in our own - reproductive ability isn't as valuable as sharing wisdom.

My goal with Skaana is to talk about what we can and should do to save these orcas, our oceans and the other whales in the seven seas.

Even the most basic podcast requires paying for space to host data, recording equiptment, software and time for researching, recording, editing, posting and promoting each episode. 

When I made my movie, The Green Chain, I created and hosted a podcast featuring some of the world's most fascinating voices on forestry issues. The series ran on The Tyee and on the NFB website and the interviews were collected in the book, The Green Chain: Nothing is Ever Clearcut. So we'll do all we can to the stories we find for Skaana.

Thanks for reading and for being a vital part of Skaana!

Mark

Recent posts by Mark Leiren-Young

Tiers
Podmate
$1 or more per month 17 patrons
  • Patron only newsletter.
  • Behind the scenes photos.
  • Suggest upcoming guests - and questions you'd like me to ask.
Orcaholic
$3 or more per month 13 patrons
  • Exclusive access to podcast outtakes & bonus material.
  • Thanks on the podcast to 5 sponsors each episode.

Plus all previous rewards

Big fish
$9 or more per month 4 patrons
  • Exclusive early access to bonus video material from the upcoming documentaries. 
  • Plus all previous rewards.  
Whale
$18 or more per month 3 patrons
  • Your name in the credits of bonus videos (and, if it happens) the video version of PodCast)
  • I'll mail you a copy of one of my CDs -- either Greenpieces or Forgive Us We're Canadian.
  • Plus all previous rewards
  • NOTE: I will email you to confirm which CD you'd prefer after you pledge, shipments made after 1st pledge goes through.
Pilot Whale
$50 or more per month 1 patron
  • A thank you in every episode you maintain this level (after your first pledge clears).
  • The audiobook for The Killer Whale Who Changed the World or Never Shoot a Stampede Queen (after second month as a sponsor).
  • Plus all previous rewards
Blue Whale
$200 or more per month 0 of 3 patrons
  • At $200 a month you can be an official sponsor of one podcast episode per month... as in "this episode is brought to you by..." and we can toss in your official slogan/contact info etc. as long as no whales are likely to be harmed in the making of your product. Sorry Kinder Morgan. 
  • Plus any previous rewards you want!