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Study: Spatial patterns and rarity of the white‐phased ‘Spirit bear’ allele reveal gaps in habitat protection

Juvenile Spirit bear and black bear mother stand by a river with salmon strewn across the bank.

New research has identified that the small genetic change responsible for Spirit bears – a rare, white-coated form of black bears – is up to 50% rarer in the Great Bear Rainforest than previously estimated. The study also indicates that geographic hotspots, where the Spirit bear version of the gene was especially prominent lack adequate protection from resource extraction…

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Spirits of the Coast – live event

Jess Housty, Misty MacDuffee and others on a panel about the book, Spirits of the Coast.

Join us on July 22 for an unique evening bringing together contributors from the book, Spirits of the Coast. Hear from Jess Housty, Nikki Iyolo Sanchez, Misty MacDuffee and Eric Mazimpaka, as they discuss their own connection to killer whales…

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In memory of Dr. Michael Soulé

Paul Paquet and Michael Soule out on the land.

Michael Soulé’s work has been central to the growth of conservation science. He has been called the grandfather of conservation biology. Soulé has been an important source of knowledge, counsel, and insight to many of the scientists at Raincoast Conservation Foundation. May 28, 1936 – June 17, 2020 Thoughtful counsel and generosity My last conversations […]

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Takaya the grey wolf will become B.C.’s Cecil the lion

Takaya walks along the rocks in the low pink light of dusk.

Without the crushing emotional burden of a pandemic, Takaya the grey wolf would surely and immediately emerge as British Columbia’s Cecil the Lion. His senseless killing by a hunter this week could – and should – leave a significant and enduring mark on society and provincial wildlife management. To get there, however, we need to […]

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Thank you for joining our Kitlope webinar

A bear stands on their hind legs with some grass hanging out of their mouth, and a landscape photo of the Kitlope floats in the corner.

We’ve published the webinar video to our Youtube channel in case you want to watch it again or share it with a friend or network. The campaign video we played at the beginning of the webinar is also online if you want to watch it again…

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Terminal 2 expansion threatens the Fraser estuary

Terminal 2 at the end of a long causeway, with Vancouver Island in the distance.

The Port of Vancouver is proposing to double the size of its shipping terminal beside the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal, putting further stress on an estuary that has already lost more than 70% of its natural habitat…

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Coastal Insights: Raincoast’s education program goes live

Salish Sea Emerging Stewards stand together on a gulf island.

Spring marks the anticipated shift in seasons; as the days get longer, new shoots emerge and bird songs become a welcome daily tune. Typically, it represents an exciting time for Raincoast science teams with the start of our busy field season and work throughout iconic regions of British Columbia’s coast. The Achiever takes to BC’s […]

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