No notes from the field

This is the first spring in over a decade that we won’t be heading north to the field.

For the last 10-plus years, and as we’ve highlighted previously, March and April are usually busy with preparations for the annual bear monitoring field work in the Raincoast Applied Conservation Science (ACS) Lab. Typically, desks pile up with field gear, and any spare time is spent labelling thousands of envelopes. Days are often spent tracking down elusive, yet critical, field supplies from various stores and distributors (such as specific boat antennae, rolls of barbed-wire, fencing tools, and many gallons of fish oil non-reward bait).1

Spring this year, however, is much quieter. With the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) affecting normalcy around the world, we, along with our Coastal First Nation colleagues, have decided to cancel the field work this season. This decision was made following announcements by many Coastal First Nations to close their Territories to outside visitors in order to prevent the spread of the virus within their communities. 

Although this is the first spring in over a decade where we won’t be headed north to join our colleagues and friends in sampling, an experience we look forward to each year, the risk of contagion weighs heavily. Instead, we will maintain virtual connection, support from afar, and hope for updates on bears emerging from hibernation via photos and videos from local people. For the time being, memories and laughs from previous seasons will fill our hearts. And we look forward to unexpected opportunities to work on some interesting and important analyses. 

Until next season!


To celebrate the end of the year, we are so happy to be able to offer matching campaigns on two of our most pressing fundraising initiatives.

All donations to both the Southern Great Bear Rainforest tenure acquisition and our KELÁ_EKE Kingfisher Forest initiative, will be matched until the end of the year. This is a great opportunity for our supporters, like you, to make your impact go twice as far, while benefiting from tax deductions.

Help us secure KELÁ_EKE Kingfisher Forest on S,DÁYES (Pender Island). Together with Pender Islands Conservancy, Raincoast is raising $2.18 million to purchase a 45 acre coastal property on the edge of the Salish Sea.

Safeguarding Coastal Carnivores in the Southern Great Bear Rainforest tenure. We are currently raising funds to stop commercial trophy hunting in more than a quarter of the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia.