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Randall Eaton Ph.D.

"I have admired the originality and boldness of your
work of the few truly humanistic scientists."
Edward O. Wilson, Harvard University

Dr. Randall L. Eaton holds an international reputation in animal behavior and wildlife conservation. He also has made contributions to history of science, philosophy, environmental ethics, mythology, men’s studies and prehistoric art.  He has held faculty positions in zoology, psychology, wildlife and humanities at several universities including U. Washington and U. Georgia, and held adjunct appointments at Evergreen State, UCLA, Oregon State and U. Alberta.  He has published 115 articles in refereed journals including Science, Evolution and J. Wildlife Management, and his popular communications have appeared in Sports Illustrated, Magical Blend and Utne Reader. He has authored or edited 15 books, two of which received national awards. Of his 13 awards for TV productions,  “Orca: The Sacred Whale,” won first place among natural history broadcasts in 2000.

Randall started studying orca whales in 1976, and founded the Orca Society for the Study and Conservation of Marine Mammals in 1978. He edited Orca, the first popular science magazine about whales and humans. The Orca Society established two field research stations with student interns from Evergreen State, Western Washington U. and Skagit Valley College. In l979, he and his students discovered the first “talking” whale, a beluga who accurately imitated human speech and made every possible effort to communicate with humans.

In l980, Eaton co-organized the pivotal International Whaling Commission’s conference on “The Behavior and Intelligence of Cetaceans and the Ethics of Killing Them” held at the Smithsonian.  In l985, Randall and his Orca Project volunteers befriended wild orca whales in British Columbia.  

Randall was a leader in the protection of spotted cats from illicit poaching for the fur trade. He founded and edited an interdisciplinary journal, Carnivore, the editorial board of which included Nobel laureate Niko Tinbergen and Harvard’s Edward O. Wilson.

He has conducted programs and published with Pulitzer prize-winning poet Gary Snyder, human ecologist Paul Shepard and anthropologist Richard Nelson. In 2000, he was Conservationist Lecturer of the Year at North Carolina State,  in 2002 the Distinguished Visiting Scholar at U. Alberta, and in 2007 the annual Brooks Lecturer at West Virginia University. He has lectured on sixty campuses in North America and delivered keynote addresses at major conservation conferences throughout North America and Europe. 

A speech he gave on ecological problems in the U.S. was broadcast by CBS TV National News, and PBS TV’s NOVA interviewed him about endangered species.  Fox TV National News and CBS Radio National News interviewed him about orca whales. A frequent guest on radio and TV programs, including NPR, CBC and BBC Radio News worldwide. Randall has been interviewed in the Washington Post, LA Times, NY Times, Sports Illustrated, Saturday Review and International Wildlife among others.  He carries a Sacred Pipe in the Cherokee Tradition.

He is an authority on human behavioral evolution, animals as teachers, male rites of passage and indigenous wisdom. He has two sons, Robb and Drake. The pine forest he planted as a boy in central Illinois prospers.      

Publications by Dr. Eaton
Carnivore   Carnivorous
Mammals including Man
   The Human Animal
 Carnivore Journal
The Cheetah 
Carnivore:  Whales and Whaling  From Boys to Men of     Heart
The Worlds Cats Orca Magazine

Sandra Stone: Managing Editor, Web Developer, Contributing Photographer.
With a Fine Arts and Education background, she is an avid gardener and Permaculture Specialist.  Sandra is an accomplished nature and wildlife photographer. She has been enthusiastically promoting the preservation of marine mammals since she assisted in the rescue of "Springer" in 2002.  She also is active in Raptor research and bird banding.

Star Dewar
Contributing  Photographer
After moving to Northern California, a deep longing to be with marine mammals persuaded her to volunteer as a docent for the California Marine Mammal Center. Her goal is to inform people, about the magic of the ocean creatures and how they could help save them. Her favorite interaction with children for the last 22 years has been through countless educational presentations and field trips. In 1994 she began photographing wild dolphins and whales in Hawaii as well as attending the Orca Project with Randy Eaton on Orcas Island, Washington.  Star still owns her own photography business as well as serving as the Administrator for the Kenwood Wildlife Center.

Rhonda LaFountaine
Children's Editor
As an early childhood specialist who co-founded the Talent Academy, she founded A School  For the Children and was a master teacher at the University of Idaho and the University of Nevada-Reno's Child and Family Center. She wrote curriculum for the gifted program for over a decade and trained teachers in creativity.  Currently, Rhonda teaches at Truckee Meadows Community College in Human Development and Family Studies.  She is the Enrichment Coordinator for High Desert Montessori School in Reno. A professional mentor for Head Start teachers, she is an actress and sings around the world with the S.T.A.R.S. choir. Her highest charge is parenting her daughter Liberty. Rhonda loves whales and the sea.

Advisory board
Don "Four Arrows" Jacobs, Ph.D., Ed.D.
Four Arrows, aka Don Trent Jacobs, Ph.D., Ed.D., is Creek/Cherokee/Irish professor and author of twenty books on wellness, critical education and Indigenous worldviews. Formerly Dean of Education at Oglala Lakota College and a tenured professor of education at Northern Arizona University, he is currently a faculty member with Fielding Graduate University. He is the recipient of the Martin Springer Institute Moral Courage Award and lives in Mexico on the Pacific Coast with
his artist wife. To see praise for his publications and work,   Visit
Richard Johnstone, M.S   Richard earned a M.A. from Southern Oregon University, a B.S. and B.A. in Wildlife Management and Zoology from Humboldt State University. He has been employed by Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Forest Service. Richard has been an educator since the mid-1980’s and taught wildlife biology at Shasta College. He has been involved in various wildlife projects worldwide including India, Myanmar, Bolivia and Israel. His awards include California League of Middle School Educator of the Year, California Conservation Teacher of the Year Award, and Teacher of the Year Award at Shasta College. He has a special attraction to cetaceans.
Jeff Foster, Cetacean Expert. At age 16 Jeff caught a 36' long octopus, the largest ever recorded. A graduate of University of Washington, he has been involved  for the past 35 years with  wild and captive cetaceans.  He was Curator of Marine Mammals at Pt. Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. For Ocean Futures, Jeff supervised the relocation and reintroduction of Keiko (star of "Free Willy") to Iceland.  He played a central role in the successful reintroduction of Springer, a young, lost orca to her pod in British Columbia (see "Springer Returns Home " in first issue of The Dolphin and Whale Magazine). Recently he has tagged 90 whales for study, primarily blue whales.
Vince Lour Blanc, Acoustics Expert.    Vince grew up around music, and at the age of 19 started repairing pianos.  Then he started building musical instruments. He has spent 23 years studying acoustic theory and vibratory physics. He studied Law for two years after receiving a degree in Environmental Science from University of Nevada at Las Vegas.  He served in the US Navy and US Army Reserves, and is an experienced free diver and photographer.
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