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Conservation update

It’s time to take action for wolves in British Columbia

Takaya/Staqeya stands on Discovery Island.

Published on 2020.04.07 | by Chris Genovali, Executive Director | in Conservation update

BC’s wolves are killed through a variety of means, most of which are gratuitous, inhumane and unethical. These include legal hunting and trapping, as well as government sanctioned culling, the latter using such techniques as aerial gunning and neck snares…

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Guide government action on Southern Resident killer whales before March 23

A researcher puts a breath sampler in the water from a long pole while a killer whale swims in another frame.

Published on 2020.03.18 | by Raincoast | in Conservation update

We have provided our answers to the survey questions to offer guidance if needed. Please complete it and share…

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Protecting the evergreen giants at the edge of the sea

Roe Lake on North Pender, on a blue sky day.

Published on 2020.02.19 | by Shauna Doll, Gulf Islands Forest Project Coordinator | in Conservation update

The rainshadow region, extending across the southeastern coast of Vancouver Island from Metchosin to Deep Bay; covering the Gulf Islands, and reaching the Sunshine Coast, has been subject to rampant land conversion—by some estimates up to 50%…

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Finding communities in salmon conservation

A salmon splashes in a shallow stream, surrounding by the vibrant colours of autumn.

Published on 2019.10.07 | by Kristen Walters, Lower Fraser River Salmon Conservation Program Coordinator | in Conservation update

As I crouch on the riverbank taking measurements of the salmon carcass, the ever-telling sensation of being watched creeps up my neck. I look up to see a mother black bear and her two cubs across the river, staring right at me. Our eyes meet, and time slows. In this moment of connected eyes and […]

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Success! We now have the downpayment for the Kitlope tenure

A grizzly bear wanders along a grassy bank in the Kitlope: a graphic identifying that the downpayment is achieved floats on top with a map of the coast.

Published on 2019.07.30 | by Ross Dixon, Communications & Development Director | in Conservation update

At this point it’s worth pausing to reflect on what we’ve already accomplished. With your support, and working with Coastal First Nations, thus far we have acquired the commercial trophy hunting rights in approximately 33,500 square kilometers. For perspective, that’s an area bigger than Vancouver Island…

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In search of the Lower Fraser’s lost streams

Close up of a map of streams and lost stream in the Fraser river watershed.

Published on 2019.07.23 | by Riley Finn, Research Associate | in Conservation update

There is currently renewed interest in locating historical streams that have long been paved over and lost in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. Mapping these historical landscape features offers a connection to the land that has been lost through urbanization and highlights opportunities for restoration…

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Two weeks left for the Kitlope

The Kitlope as seen from the air.

Published on 2019.07.16 | by Brian Falconer, Guide Outfitter Coordinator | in Conservation update

We now have just two weeks to raise the remaining $15,000 of the $100,000 deposit we need to secure the purchase agreement for our 5th hunting tenure. This includes the commercial hunting rights in an area of over 5000 sq. km that encompasses the entire Kitlope…

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We’re headed back to court for killer whales

A killer whale in the foreground, with a container ship behind it in the mouth of the Fraser River.

Published on 2019.07.08 | by Misty MacDuffee, Wild Salmon Program Director & Paul Paquet, Senior Scientist | in Conservation update

Today we are returning to court with partners Ecojustice and Living Oceans Society to challenge the federal government’s re-approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. Our lawyers at Ecojustice submitted a motion to the Federal Court of Appeal this morning, asking for leave to launch a judicial review of Cabinet’s decision. We contend that Cabinet […]

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Great news: juvenile salmon moving through habitats reconnected after 100 years

Raincoast Fraser River crew sampling juvenile salmon in the east breach.

Published on 2019.06.19 | by David Scott, Raincoast Lower Fraser Salmon Program Coordinator | in Conservation update

Since the removal of sections of the Steveston jetty in February, we have been sampling our new jetty ‘breaches’ and have consistently caught juvenile salmon moving through them! This is a huge success and was realized just weeks after…

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No half measures for Southern Resident killer whales

A single Southern Resident killer whale surfaces in the Salish Sea.

Published on 2019.04.30 | by Misty MacDuffee, Wild Salmon Program Director & Ross Dixon, Communications and Development Director. | in Conservation update

Right now, as we anticipate the return of these endangered whales to the Salish Sea, the federal government is considering exactly what measures they will take to aid recovery in 2019. They are asking you for your input, and it is critical that you encourage them to make the right choice. Many voices are advocating for less ambitious recovery actions…

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The future of applied conservation science is bright

A group of scientists and students converge after Christina Service's dissertation defence.

Published on 2019.04.29 | by Chris Genovali, Executive Director | in Conservation update

This has been a time of remarkable accomplishment for the Raincoast Applied Conservation Science Lab at the University of Victoria. The research that the lab produces is a dynamic mix of population analyses, biogeography, marine-terrestrial interactions and much more, all rooted in a ‘wildlife welfare’ ethic. Collaboration with Indigenous communities forms the hallmark of much of this work, which is being directly applied…

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No mitigation measures can protect Southern Resident killer whales from the noise of Trans Mountain’s tanker traffic

J16 spy hops: Southern Resident killer whale.

Published on 2019.02.22 | by Misty MacDuffee, Wild Salmon Program Director | in Conservation update

While we disagree with the NEB’s conclusion, we acknowledge that their review of the effects on killer whales accurately portrays the complexity and severity of the situation.

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