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Notes from the Field

Raincoast’s monthly communication detailing our science, field work, events, and breaking conservation updates.


A Little Wolf Mystery, Part I

Published on 2004.08.10 | by Chris Darimont, Raincoast Director of Science | in Notes from the Field, Raincoast updates

I needed a renewal. Spring had sprung some time ago and I was envious of the plants outside my office window that seemed a lot more active than I. After a long winter of computer work, it was time again to visit the wolves and the forests that had changed my life forever.

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The Magic of Hecate Strait

Published on 2004.07.05 | by Raincoast | in Notes from the Field

There are some places in this world that can expand our notion of what is possible.  Last month, when I spent 10 days on board Achiever in Hecate Strait, I quickly realized that I had found one of those places. Hecate Strait is the body of water between the Great Bear Rainforest and the Queen […]

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Creature of the Coast

Published on 2004.06.08 | by Raincoast | in Notes from the Field

Fifteen-month old Callum is a creature of the coast. He bellyflops in bone-chilling ocean waves at sunset, laughs in delight, then runs back for more again and again until he is paralyzed by the cold. At an age when most toddlers are learning to climb stairs, he navigates over roots and fallen trees with the […]

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Seeing is Believing

Juvenile sockeye infected with sea lice as they migrate past fish farms in the Discovery Islands

Published on 2004.06.02 | by Raincoast | in Notes from the Field

A personal understanding of the places we are trying to protect is requisite for working as a Raincoaster. In this spirit, members of our salmon aquaculture team climbed aboard the SV Achiever last month and embarked on a journey of the Great Bear Rainforest. Under the wing of Alexandra Morton, we skirted the shores of […]

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The Secret Life of Salmon

Nicola Temple holds up a ziploc with a small salmon fry in it during field work in the Great Bear Rainforest.

Published on 2004.05.05 | by Raincoast | in Notes from the Field

With each step my foot sinks into a thick mat of woven moss and with each step I wonder whether there is anything beneath this mat to support my weight. I step cautiously, just in case, but I’m also trying to keep up with my partner, Chester Starr (the Lone Wolf), who moves swiftly through […]

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Journal of the Wolf Project – May 2003

Published on 2003.05.01 | by Chris Darimont, Raincoast Director of Science | in Notes from the Field

This spring has sprung the 4th full season for the Rainforest Wolf Project and an opportunity for reflection. I think back on our early days – only Bella Bella’s Chester Starr (“The Lone Wolf”) and I were out in a tiny Raincoast boat exploring for wolves, guided by local knowledge, topographic maps, and a bit […]

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Wolf Project Journal, August 2002

Published on 2002.08.01 | by Chris Darimont, Raincoast Director of Science | in Notes from the Field

In our last dispatch we had not yet learned of the locations of the 2002 “home sites”, where wolves give birth and care for their young. Wolves are habitual creatures but our early spring searches had failed to locate the sites in areas they had been the previous year. By mid August, however, we found […]

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Journal of the Wolf Project – June 2002

Published on 2002.06.01 | by Chris Darimont, Raincoast Director of Science | in Notes from the Field

After a long winter analyzing last year’s samples and data, our team is happy to be back in the footsteps of rainforest wolves. This spring was good to us – the “wolfiest ” session to date. We saw 17 different wolves from five different packs, and many of them several times. Each day we come […]

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Field Journal, August 2001

Published on 2001.08.01 | by Raincoast | in Notes from the Field

Karen McAllister Bella Bella, 2001 We all wore waders, we split up into three groups and headed up the river, as far as we could go. Ian and Chris went WAY up there. Erica and I began our trek just at the mouth of river, and followed a trail up the steep cliffs. We crossed […]

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