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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…

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Federal Minister presses pause on Terminal 2

Misty MacDuffee in the Fraser Estuary

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…

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

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

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…

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Big tree hunting on Salt Spring Island

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

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…

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Wolf School Episode 3 with biologist Dr. Heather Bryan

Wolf School with Heather Bryan.

After our fantastic second episode with the Wolf Conservation Center’s Regan Downey last week, our next wolf school session will feature another inspiring scientist and educator, Dr. Heather Bryan. Now an Assistant Professor in Ecosystem Science and Management at the University of Northern BC, Heather has played a critical role in Raincoast’s work on coastal wolves and bears for many years…

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Nature conservation should be central to Canada’s recovery from COVID-19

Cover of the open letter to the PMO standing beside a large elk.

The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, PC, MPPrime Minister of CanadaOffice of the Prime Minister and Privy Council Parliament BuildingsOttawa, Ontario K1A 1A6 July 10, 2020 Dear Prime Minister Trudeau: As organizations with a strong commitment to defending nature in Canada, we want to acknowledge the efforts that the Government of Canada has made to protect […]

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Coastal Insights online education series about nature, people, and place is now complete and available

A mashup of images and profile photos from the Coastal Insights series episodes.

The pandemic has impacted our lives in many ways, particularly with regard to learning in schools and experiential programming. Teachers have had to fast-track their technological skills and shift from their regular face to face connections with students to engaging through online learning. Raincoast knows this first hand as we were literally one week away […]

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