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Raincoast Conservation Foundation

We use rigorous, peer-reviewed science and community engagement to further our conservation objectives. We call this approach ‘informed advocacy’ and it is unique amongst conservation efforts. We investigate to understand coastal species and processes. We inform by bringing science to decision makers and communities. We inspire action to protect wildlife and their wilderness habitats.

Protecting killer whales

Killer whales in a tight formation on the BC coast.

Raincoast uses science, public education and the courts to protect Canada’s endangered salmon-eating killer whales. But their survival requires your voice and action….

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Safeguard Coastal Carnivores

A wolf hunkers down and watches outwardly in a rock outcropping and their colour is remarkably similar.

Working with our Coastal First Nations partners, our goal is to acquire all remaining commercial hunting tenures in the Great Bear Rainforest. You can help us stop the killing…

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Oil-Free Coast

view of the calm ocean and sunrise at Hakai rocks

Raincoast’s court case argues that federal approval of TransMountain’s oil tankers violates Canada’s Species at Risk Act and pushes Southern Resident killer whales closer to extinction.

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Fraser River Estuary Project

A Raincoaster dips a science looking thingy into the Lower Fraser River to test for something. Because science.

To understand, mitigate, and reduce habitat impacts from industrial proposals, Raincoast and its partners seek a better understanding of estuary use by different species of wild juvenile salmon.

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Flagship Projects

Wolves splash around in an intertidal zone of the Great Bear Rainforest

Through directed conservation efforts on umbrella and foundation species, Raincoast strives to protect all species and ecosystem processes existing on BC’s coast.

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Latest News

A grizzly bear stands on a river bank looking down, with mist and clouds floating behind it in the Great Bear Rainforest.

Join us for the Vancouver launch of our new photography show

A little over a week ago I was sitting in the magnificent estuary of the Khutze River, watching a grizzly bear mom with her three spring cubs, and scanning the estuary for wolves. I was sharing this place with others who are passionate about protecting the wildlife that calls this place home. I feel an […]

The light of the sun streams in between the trees on UVic campus.

The Salish Sea Emerging Stewards kick off

We’re very excited to be kicking off the Salish Sea Emerging Stewards Program this week with youth from the Indigenous Leadership program and other youth from the Cowichan School District. We’re in the first phase of our new three part Salish Sea Stewards program. This is the land-based preliminary learning phase where we’ll be introducing […]

The warm interior lights and beautiful images of the Karen Cooper Gallery show through the evening darkness on Granville Island.

Join us at the Karen Cooper Gallery on Granville Island

On the 23rd of October we launch the One Shot for Coastal Carnivores exhibit in Vancouver. Contributing photographer Karen Cooper will be hosting us at her gallery on Granville Island. The video below gives you a sense of both Karen’s work and the first space in which you’ll be able to view conservation photography from […]

A wolf walks across the eel grass in the intertidal zone.

Unique wildlife photography collection coming this fall

From Victoria to Whistler we have set-up a range of viewings, sponsorship opportunities and public events. We have contributions from a fantastic range of photographers, some of whom have spent their entire lives on the coast of British Columbia, dedicated to telling its stories…

A family of meerkats stand together watching, while a young member opens their mouth and shows their tongue.

From meerkats to killer whales

For animal species that form social groups, living together can have a strong effect on individuals’ chances of survival and reproduction, and ultimately on how population sizes change over time. New work, led by myself in collaboration with a team of researchers from Canada, the UK, and Switzerland, combines theory and data to shed light […]


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