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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.

Stronger forest protection policy needed on the Gulf Islands

Stop Terminal 2 Expansion

Protecting killer whales

Southern Resident Killer Whales in the Salish Sea.

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….

Protecting killer whales →

Safeguard Coastal Carnivores

A wolf walks out on the wet flats on the west coast of BC.

Working with our 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…

Safeguard Coastal Carnivores →

Fraser Estuary Research

Salmon fry pool in the estuaries of the Fraser River.

As part of our efforts to understand habitat use, mitigate, and stop habitat destruction in the Fraser River Estuary, we study juvenile salmon

Fraser Estuary Research →

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.

Flagship Projects →

Latest News

A hand holding an estuary plant.

Bringing a stewardship program to my home community

Summer student, Robin Buss, worked with Raincoast Conservation Foundation to bring a stewardship program to her home community, the Tsawwassen First Nation.

Peter Underwood steering Achiever with ocean and blue skies in the background

W̱SÁNEĆ youth on Achiever explore the Salish Sea

W̱SÁNEĆ youth, Peter Underwood, shares about his trip on Raincoast’s research vessel, Achiever, in the Salish Sea.

Eagle flies high up in the air.

Why 2020 was not all bad…

Before 2020 closes, please accept my sincere thanks and gratitude for your support that has enabled our success…

A wolf walks along the beach.

Tracking Raincoast’s impact through 2020

These conservation efforts and our research have reached millions around the world. Tangible conservation success. 2020 was not all bad – let’s make 2021 even better…

A Flycatcher sits on top of a tree surrounded by snow, wearing a Santa hat.

All we want for Christmas is an olive-sided flycatcher in a Douglas-fir tree

With the end of 2020 approaching, we need your help in providing BC’s Coastal Douglas-fir forests with a holiday gift that we can all celebrate…

The cover of Tracking Raincoast into 2021 over top of a photo of a spirit bear with a salmon in their mouth.

Tracking Raincoast into 2021

Like everyone else in 2020, we have had to adapt and explore our own resilience. From pausing multi-year field research programs, cancelling youth education and our usual travel throughout the coast, COVID has disrupted much. Yet we are grateful to have our health and play our part in protecting and supporting the communities, businesses, and individuals we work with…

An infographic about the Fraser Estuary overlayed on top of an underwater photo of some salmon.

Research: Conservation in heavily urbanized biodiverse regions requires urgent management action and attention to governance

A new open access research paper led by Dr. Tara Martin at the UBC Conservation Decisions Lab applied a novel conservation decision making tool called Priority Threat Management to identify the most cost-effective management strategies needed to address the threats facing 102 species at risk identified in the area…