Maxwell Creek Watershed Project Field Files Part 4: Managing fire in a climatically uncertain future

Maxwell Creek Watershed Project Field Files Part 4: Managing fire in a climatically uncertain future

As previous installments of the Field Files series have established, since settler arrival in the Coastal Douglas-fir (CDF) zone, forests have been extensively harvested. The consequence of this widespread, industrial-scale logging is predominantly second growth forests that are not only lacking in biodiversity and natural complexity, but also at a higher risk of burning in…

Maxwell Creek Watershed Project Field Files Part 3: Mapping the watershed

Maxwell Creek Watershed Project Field Files Part 3: Mapping the watershed

Multiple practitioners working under the umbrella of the Maxwell Creek Watershed Project (MCWP or “the Project”) have contributed to this third instalment of the Field Files series, a photo essay illustrating the important role spatial data and mapping plays in establishing landscape-wide restoration projects. All maps were made by Nicholas Courtier, who also assisted with…

The story of Coastal Douglas-fir forests: All about Hornby Island

The story of Coastal Douglas-fir forests: All about Hornby Island

This installment is the third of several articles seeking to explore the ways ecosystems  differ between the islands within the Coastal Douglas-fir (CDF) biogeoclimatic zone. Grant Scott, chair of the Hornby Island Conservancy and trustee on the Hornby Island Local Trust Committee, describes how historic land management regimes continue to shape the ways forests are…

Investigating individual distinctiveness in the calls of wild belugas   

Investigating individual distinctiveness in the calls of wild belugas   

Beluga whales produce a multitude of sounds for a variety of functions. To date, calls used for group cohesion and for mother-calf contact, known as ‘contact calls’, are the best understood 4,6,8,11,13,14.  The fact that contact calls sound nothing like the typical chirps and whistles that are common in  the beluga vocal repertoire, but instead…