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Notes from the Field

Raincoast’s monthly communication detailing our science, field work, events, and breaking conservation updates.


Breaking new estuary ground on the Steveston Jetty

Steveston Jetty on a grey day, with overset diagrams showing some of the work we're doing.

Published on 2019.02.27 | by David Scott, Raincoast Lower Fraser Salmon Program Coordinator | in Notes from the Field

When we began our research in the Fraser estuary in 2016, the presence of multiple barriers, including the Steveston Jetty, became a significant concern. With the announcement of the Coastal Restoration Fund in 2017, an opportunity to begin addressing these barriers appeared…

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Join us in the Great Bear Rainforest in 2019

Achiever rests on the waters of the Great Bear Rainforest at sunset.

Published on 2019.02.05 | by Nicholas Sinclair | in Notes from the Field

We watch as her three little cubs slowly take to the high water and make their way to mom. They graze on roots, and search for salmon carcasses that simply aren’t there. The cub’s curiosity…

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Advancing non-invasive approaches for monitoring wildlife: considering the ethics of developing new techniques

Hair samples in the field of bears.

Published on 2019.01.28 | by Heather Bryan, Postdoctoral Fellow, RACS Lab | in Notes from the Field

A theme that underlies our research in the Applied Conservation Lab is that we aim to apply methods that are minimally invasive to wildlife. This ethos emerges in large part from our partners in First Nations communities, who have taught us many important lessons about respecting the people, places, and animals where we work. Our […]

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Fraser estuary research completed for 2018

Raincoast scientists aboard their boat on the Fraser River getting the seine nets ready to do their summer research.

Published on 2018.09.25 | by David Scott, Raincoast Lower Fraser Salmon Program Coordinator | in Notes from the Field

After a long five months we have now wrapped up our 2018 field season in the Fraser estuary, our best year yet! This year our team spent 76 days in the field and we captured more than 35,000 fish, including over 6,400 juvenile salmon. While it has been a long and hot season with a […]

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Moving marine-derived nutrients from the sea to the land

Published on 2018.09.04 | by Kristen Walters | in Notes from the Field

The aim of this research is to inform salmon management strategies given the importance of allowing adults to return to their natal streams to spawn. Considering this life cycle is imperative for management agencies…

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Notes from the (pre) field: “Caution – bear research in progress”

Kate Field and the bear research squad prepare for the imminent field season.

Published on 2018.05.07 | by Kate Field, Ilona Mihalik & Lauren Henson | in Notes from the Field

With spring comes organized chaos as graduate students and research associates transition from laboratory work, data analysis and writing, to a flurry of preparation for an upcoming season of monitoring bears on the central coast of British Columbia. We are headed to Gitga’at, Heiltsuk, Kitasoo/Xai’xais, Nuxalk and Wuikinuxv Territories to join…

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A jetty runs through it: restoring lost connectivity in the Fraser River estuary

Dave Scott holds up a tiny salmon in the Fraser rive while he takes measurements

Published on 2018.03.30 | by Misty MacDuffee & Dave Scott | in Notes from the Field

An amazing spring research season has begun. There was snow, and then suddenly we were in our boats with nets and buckets catching the year’s first juvenile salmon. This year brings renewed enthusiasm as we embark on a big plan to restore connectivity and natural processes on the delta of the Fraser River estuary… 

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Sailing with Raincoast in 2018

Achiever rests, sails down, in the twilight.

Published on 2018.02.07 | by Nicholas Sinclair | in Notes from the Field

In May, our spring ‘hunts’ visited lush estuaries as the days grew longer and bears were down low grazing on sedges. Marine wildlife started to make their way back to the rich, cold waters of the coast. Their annual migration to foraging areas beginning and lasting well…

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First rains bring spawners and bald eagles back to Vancouver Island rivers

An eagle sits watching over a BC coastal stream.

Published on 2018.01.17 | by Kristen Walters | in Notes from the Field

Last fall, while the dry start to autumn put the brilliant golds, reds and oranges of tree leaves on display, my mind continuously returned to the rain. Not the rain that many dread, but the rain that floods small watersheds and raises the water levels in the rivers…

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