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Marine Bird Surveys

In 2005, Raincoast began 4 years of boat-based, systematic surveys of BC’s coastal waters to determine the at-sea abundance and distribution of marine birds. This work is part of our efforts to achieve long-term protection for maritime animals and their habitats.  Over 10,000 km of ocean trackline were surveyed between 2005 and 2008 collecting roughly 18,000 ‘sightings’ (totalling over 100,000 individual birds) in more than 70 species.

Published Analysis

In 2016, we published at-sea distribution and abundance results for BC marine birds, along with a risk assessment for chronic oil spills.

Fox, C.H., P.D. O’Hara, S. Bertazzon, K. Morgan, F.E. Underwood and P.C. Paquet. 2016. A preliminary spatial assessment of risk: Marine birds and chronic oil pollution on Canada’s Pacific coast.  Science of the Total Environment Volume 573, 15 December 2016, Pages 799–809

Download PDF until October 2016  http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/

Maps and Reports

The raw sightings data and maps can be viewed in the report Marine Bird Surveys 2005-2008 Raw Sightings Information.

Marine Bird Survey Report (PDF)

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This information was then used in the popular report, What’s at Stake: the Cost of Oil on BC’s Priceless Coast.

What’s at Stake Report (PDF)

What's at Stake Report Cover

 

Dr. Caroline Fox has also written a popular book At Sea with the Marine Birds of the Raincoast based on her experience as a marine bird biologist surveying the BC coast.

At Sea with the Marine Birds of the Raincoast

The poster below summarises the sightings and scientific methods behind Raincoast’s seabird data analysis.

Sightings and scientific methods behind Raincoast's seabird data analysis

slideshow of common marine birds we encountered on our surveys.

Latest News: Marine Birds

At Sea with the Marine Birds of the Raincoast

At Sea with the Marine Birds of the Raincoast

Released by Rocky Mountain Books, this nonfiction book shares the unique story of conservation scientist Dr. Caroline Fox as she surveys marine birds on BC’s coast, calling attention to the urgent conservation challenges faced by many of these birds…

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Marine birds and chronic oil pollution on Canada’s Pacific coast

Chronic oil pollution is a serious issue in BC. More oil enters the global marine environment from low-level human activities than catastrophic oil spills. Evidence also suggests that these chronic level spills collectively kill more birds than catastrophic spills…

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At Sea with the Marine Birds of the Raincoast

At Sea with the Marine Birds of the Raincoast shares the unique story of conservation scientist Dr. Caroline Fox as she sails thousands of kilometers along the BC coast, surveying marine birds…

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The early bird catches the herring

Seaside Times
April 2011

By Chris Genovali

Caroline Fox has been a biologist with Raincoast Conservation Foundation’s marine conservation program since 2007 and serves as Raincoast’s lead scientist for our work on marine birds…

Marine bird talk by Caroline Fox

Marine bird talk at VNHS
Wednesday, October 27, 7:30 pm
Rm 159 Fraser Building UVic Campus