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Humpback whales, artistic cartography, for the coast

Forest and Humpbacks drawn over a map of the Hecate Strait.

Published on 2019.05.02 | by Stuart Arnett, guest blogger | in Raincoast Blog

Watching these magnificent creatures work in unison to catch their meal was truly inspirational and became the idea behind my first Artistic Cartography piece for Raincoast. Listening to them, via the hydrophone that Captain Nick dropped over the side, still makes the hair on the back of neck stand on end and solidified the artistic idea that this hunting method had to be painted…

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Oceans Awards win – Raincoast’s Dr. Chris Darimont honoured with Murray A. Newman Conservation Award

Chris Darimont speaks at Ocean Awards at the Vancouver Aquarium.

Published on 2019.04.03 | by Raincoast | in Raincoast Blog

Darimont was recognized for the significance of his work as well as a career that already includes important and leading contributions, in coastal science and conservation…

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Converging knowledges to inform and empower conservation

A still, quiet day on the Koeye River watershed.

Published on 2019.02.15 | by Tyler Jessen | in Raincoast Blog

This past summer, I had the opportunity to travel aboard the Raincoast vessel Achiever with several other members of the ACS lab to participate in Koeye camp, a cultural revitalization and education program operated by the Heiltsuk First Nation’s QQS Projects Society. We were there to engage with the youth campers about the research conducted by […]

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April conservation expedition with Raincoast’s Dr. Paul Paquet

The Achiever with a misty mountain in the background.

Published on 2019.01.31 | by Raincoast | in Raincoast Blog

As Raincoast’s Senior Scientist, and a world renowned large carnivore expert, Paul’s input is key to guiding our research and conservation programs in both the Great Bear Rainforest and the Salish Sea. Paul will provide insight into key conservation issues on BC’s coast including…

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Meet the team of applied conservation scientists at the University of Victoria

Chris Darimont looking off into the distance on the river with the sun coming through trees in the background.

Published on 2019.01.23 | by Chris Darimont, Raincoast Director of Science | in Raincoast Blog

Last year the Raincoast lab at UVic marked an important new milestone with the creation of the Raincoast Chair in Applied Conservation Science at the University of Victoria. This five year Chaired Professorship allows us to expand our research, teaching and outreach programs in community-driven applied conservation science. Our long-term vision is to train next […]

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Update: closing in on securing the Nadeea tenure

The Sitka donation-o-meter is at $313,000!

Published on 2018.11.06 | by Ross Dixon & Brian Falconer | in Raincoast Blog

We now have bids on a number of pieces and we’ve sold limited editions prints. Thanks to numerous donations, large and small, we have now raised $313,182…

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The Salish Sea Emerging Stewards kick off

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

Published on 2018.10.16 | by Maureen Vo, Education and Development Coordinator | in Raincoast Blog

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 […]

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We can end commercial trophy hunting in the Nadeea tenure

A grizzly bear stands in the neck and head deep fireweed, sniffing the air.

Published on 2018.09.27 | by Alena Ebeling-Schuld | in Raincoast Blog

In the world we currently live in, it is such a rare opportunity to have a direct, tangible, positive impact. It can be excruciatingly difficult to know whether or not you are making a positive change. When you’re just one person, the world often seems so big, and the problems in it so insurmountable, that […]

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I am riding my bike to save coastal carnivores, and you can help me

Ilona Mihalik poses with her bike at the top of PKOLS.

Published on 2018.09.06 | by Ilona Mihalik, Research Associate | in Raincoast Blog

This area is home to each of these large carnivores, in addition to grizzly bears and wolverines. Unfortunately, they can all (with the exception of grizzly bears) be legally hunted for sport. You can help me protect them…

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