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 intense sense of privilege as I share peaceful moments in the presence of these magnificent animals. This is my passion and my life and I would love to share some of these experiences with you.
High quality photography does capture something of the essence of these animals and the context of their place. Next week I’ll be on hand as we open our brand new conservation photography exhibit, One Shot for Coastal Carnivores, at the Karen Cooper Gallery on Granville Island in Vancouver. I’ve been privileged to spend time with many of the contributing photographers. I have profound memories of my time with Eric when the picture above was taken.
Can you join us at one of our gallery viewings, from October 23rd to the 26th? Book in now.
April Bencze, Tavish Campbell, Karen Cooper, Colleen Gara, Bertie Gregory, Melissa Groo, Brad Hill, John Marriott, Cristina Mittermeier, Neil Ever Osborne, Eric Sambol and Andrew Wright.
I have worked with Raincoast for almost two decades to end trophy hunting of large carnivores. While the current provincial ban on trophy hunting of grizzly bears is exciting progress, it’s still vulnerable to shifting political winds, a fact I know too well as the previous ban Raincoast worked so hard to achieve was overturned. I also feel a sense of deep responsibility, as this magnificent place and these very animals are at the centre of the our efforts to purchase the next commercial hunting tenure. Our success will protect these animals in perpetuity
I hope you can join us next week where I can update you on Raincoast’s exciting progress with ending trophy hunting of large carnivores throughout the Great Bear Rainforest.
For the coast and its wildlife.