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The eroding social license to hunt large carnivores

New research suggests killing predators like wolves, grizzly bears, and cougars for trophy is a potential threat not only to these sensitive animals, but also to hunters.

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New study shows importance of estuary habitats for threatened Chinook salmon in the Fraser River

Sidney BC. A new study published recently used salmon ear bones (otoliths) and genetic fingerprinting to confirm the importance of the Fraser estuary for juvenile Chinook salmon. Previous estuary researchers suspected these habitats were of high importance to young Chinook, but this study confirms that Harrison River Chinook, which migrate quickly to the estuary after emerging from the gravel, remain there for an average of six weeks.

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All we want for Christmas is an olive-sided flycatcher in a Douglas-fir tree

Just a few days away from the holiday break, Raincoast Conservation Foundation is hoping to access the holiday spirit with a campaign to help protect an olive-sided flycatcher in a Douglas-fir tree. Today, the Vancouver-based Sitka Foundation pledged a $100,000 matching gift putting the fundraising goal in sight before the end of 2020. Once the […]

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New research charts path to survival for 102 species at risk of extinction in Fraser River Estuary

Press release: Research published today in Conservation Science and Practice indicates that 102 species at risk of extinction in the Fraser River Estuary can be saved with an investment of $381 million over 25 years. The research demonstrates that the best way to achieve this is for First Nations and other governments to collaboratively implement a conservation and sustainability plan for recovery.

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Raincoast Conservation Foundation and Pender Islands Conservancy Association to purchase conservation property on North Pender Island: S,DÁYES Flycatcher Forest

In September of 2020, Raincoast Conservation Foundation and the Pender Islands Conservancy Association entered into talks, and submitted an offer to purchase the property in mid-November. They have up to 8-months to raise the $395,000 needed to purchase the property and place it under a protective covenant.

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Stronger forest protection policy needed on the Gulf Islands

The Environmental Law Centre’s work resulted in a report synthesizing 10 regulatory recommendations for improving forest governance in the Islands Trust Area, but one overarching certainty emerged from the process: provincial law reform is necessary.

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No evidence that predator control will save endangered mountain caribou, study says

Detecting errors that overturn conclusions from previous research, a new study shows that addressing potential threats from wolves has not in fact slowed the decline of mountain caribou in British Columbia and Alberta. The freely-available open-access paper was published in the international peer-reviewed journal, Biodiversity and Conservation, by scientists from Raincoast Conservation Foundation and the Universities of Alberta, British Columbia, and Victoria.

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New study reveals rarity of the Spirit bear and gaps in their protection in the Great Bear Rainforest

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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Seismic survey threatens endangered whales

SIDNEY – As the oceans become quieter amidst the global pandemic, an application for seismic surveys off the West Coast of Vancouver Island threatens the recovery of endangered Southern Resident killer whales. This week, in response, a coalition of conservation groups has written to the federal minister of Fisheries and Oceans to inform her that […]

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Terminal 2 report finds “significant adverse and cumulative effects” to endangered killer whales and Fraser River Chinook

Sidney, BC: The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency issued its findings today on the ecological implications from the expansion of the shipping terminal at Roberts Bank in the Fraser Estuary. Raincoast and its intervenor partners, all represented by Ecojustice, made extensive submissions on the implications of the project to Fraser River Chinook salmon and to Southern […]

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Staqeya, the lone wolf of Discovery Island, killed by trophy hunter

“The senseless trophy killing of Staqeya (Takaya), the iconic ‘lone wolf’ made famous by his stay on Discovery Island, once again brings to the fore the full-spectrum persecution of Canis lupus in British Columbia,” said Chris Genovali, executive director of Raincoast Conservation Foundation. BC’s wolves are killed through a variety of means, most of which […]

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