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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.

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….

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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…

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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

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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

Wolf School with Chris Darimont.

Wolf School with Chris Darimont

The last episode of this “semester’s” Wolf School looks toward existing and emerging solutions to the conservation of wolves in British Columbia. Raincoast’s Director of Science, Dr. Chris Darimont, will also look back to share how his mentor, Chester “Lone Wolf” Starr, influenced him, all of our wolf research and the direction of Raincoast’s conservation work on BC’s coast…

Misty MacDuffee in the Fraser Estuary

Federal Minister presses pause on Terminal 2

In a six page letter (PDF) to the CEO of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, Canada’s minister of Environment and Climate Change, Jonathan Wilkinson, requested more information from the Port to assess the effectiveness of mitigation efforts in the proposed expansion of Terminal 2 on Roberts Bank. Wikinson’s letter conveyed the panel’s conclusion about likely adverse effects to fish, fish habitat and other at-risk species if Terminal 2 proceeds…

Dave Scott holding viewfinder with salmon smolt

Monitoring an active restoration project… in a pandemic

Just as we were getting excited about starting our field season to monitor the effectiveness of Raincoast’s Fraser Estuary Connectivity Project, conditions with the pandemic began to get serious and we realized our plans had to change…

Wolf on a rock with guest photos above.

Indigenous perspectives on the wolf

From creation stories to Indigenous-led reintroduction and contemporary carnivore coexistence, Indigenous peoples have long shared space and time with, and story of, wolves. From day one Raincoast’s wolf research has been shaped by Indigenous knowledge and knowledge holders…

The Hunting Collective podcast brand to the left of Chris Darimont on a river in the central coast.

Exploring human dimensions of hunting via social science, evolutionary ecology, and personal experience

In episode 140 of The Hunting Collective podcast, Ben O’Brien does a fascinating and good-natured follow up interview with Dr. Barrie Gilbert. Dr. Gilbert is a prominent bear biologist, friend of Raincoast, and previous verbal sparring-partner with Ben (at least when it comes to the hunting of predators). Ben invited Dr. Gilbert back for another interview, and they made productive amends…

Episode 4 of Wolf School with Cristina Mittermeier.

Join us for episode 4 of Wolf School with Cristina Mittermeier

Many of you will recognize Cristina’s iconic images of coastal wolves and wildlife around the world. Cristina is also a pioneer in the field of conservation photography. She was a founding member of the International League of Conservation Photographers and also established conservation charity SeaLegacy…

Shauna Doll looks up while she big tree hunting on Salts Spring.

Big tree hunting on Salt Spring Island

Earlier this month I spent two beautiful days on the coast of the Salish Sea, hunting for big trees. I was fortunate to join a research group of passionate “tree people” including Dr. Tara Martin, head of the Conservation Decisions Lab in the Faculty of Forestry at UBC; her Research Assistant, Cassandra Holt; Tony MacLeod from the Salt Spring Conservancy, and Jeff Shatford from the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development to measure some of the tallest trees on Salt Spring Island…