The umbrella species and apex predator, grizzly bears and their habitat in the Great Bear Rainforest represent the southern stronghold of coastal grizzly habitat in North America. Raincoast’s vision is to ensure this stronghold and as such, our work addresses declining salmon resources, habitat loss, trophy hunting, POP exposure, and climate change which impact their survival.
The Rainforest Wolf Project combines field work, cutting-edge scientific tools, and traditional ecological knowledge to conduct rigorous research and advocacy on behalf of coastal wolves. Our collaborative effort among Raincoast scientists, the Heiltsuk First Nation, and several universities is creating new knowledge about this globally unique wolf-deer-salmon system.
Pacific salmon are an integral component of marine and terrestrial food webs. Our research areas examine salmon as a food source for bears, sea lice transfer to smolts, historic salmon abundance, fisheries models and small streams. We advocate for inclusion of bears in salmon management, reform of fisheries models, removal of open net fish farms, and habitat protection.
Oil tankers shipping tar sands oil through Canada’s Inside Passage are a looming threat to the BC coast. In 2008, Raincoast finished five years of surveys of whales, dolphins, other marine mammals and sea birds. The results of this work have been published in scientific documents and promoted in the popular report What’s at Stake? The cost of oil on British Columbia’s priceless coast.
The waters of Queen Charlotte Basin support remarkable seabird populations. Of all species impacted by oil spills, seabirds are the most vulnerable. Marine Bird surveys undertaken between 2005 and 2008 have amassed over 14,000 marine bird sightings with over 70,000 individuals counted. Our study will contribute to the debate on the appropriateness of oil tanker traffic through Canada’s Inside Passage. Some of our findings to date have been included in What’s at Stake? The cost of oil on British Columbia’s priceless coast.
As a result of a species richness mapping exercise done by North American scientists working with various academic institutions and conservation agencies, it was identified that BC’s coastal marine, freshwater and terrestrial habitats supported an extraordinarily high number of vertebrates and vascular plants. In an effort to confirm or challenge the statement that coastal BC has a greater species diversity than occurs elsewhere in North America, we have begun to compile statistics. This page is a work in progress. Join the conversation.