Amanda Colbert

Amanda works as the Education and Events Assistant for the non-profit organization Orca Network. Through educating people of all ages, she aims to raise awareness about the whales of the Pacific Northwest and the importance of providing them safe and healthy habitats. She also sits on the board and is an educator for The Salish Sea School, a boat-based experiential learning program for middle and high school students. Their goal is to create student leaders in marine conservation ecology.

Amanda’s passion is to provide a deeper understanding of the natural history and the needs of the Southern Resident and Bigg's orcas that inhabit the Salish Sea, as each orca family, and individual, has a story! A long-time lover of the ocean, the movie ‘Free Willy’ started her journey when she was eight years old. Through obtaining her marine naturalist certification, Amanda was also introduced to this region’s avian world, and she found a fast love for birds.

In the last four years she’s become an avid birder, eBird user, and is learning to identify birds not just by sight but by sound, as well. Amanda has led pelagic bird boat tours for school groups in Puget Sound as well as aboard Snow Goose. Amanda is assisting The Salish Sea School in gathering survey and behavioral data on the endangered Tufted Puffins that breed at Smith Island in Island County.

Amanda lives with her husband in Skagit county and is a kayak enthusiast, hiker, lover of the outdoors, and hobbyist nature photographer.