Notes from the Office

Inspiration comes in many different forms. With Raincoast, I have found it among schools of migrating salmon and with grizzlies wrestling in the estuaries, and this month I found it in our Victoria office. Raincoast dreams big, and this year we needed the resources to significantly expand our protection efforts with new research, marine resources…

Grizzly Politics in British Columbia

Raincoast has attained a copy of a soon-to-be published opinion piece that calls for the grizzly bear to be de-listed from the US Endangered Species Act. The opinion piece is scheduled to appear in the next issue of the International Bear Association’s official publication, urging the association’s membership to support the Bush administration’s proposed grizzly…

You Are What You Eat

Our grizzly bear field crew canoed leisurely down the winding Koeye River, in search of not only the elusive bear itself, but all the evidence it had left behind. Our paddling became soft and rhythmic, yet our eyes scanned each shadow beneath every cedar, and our ears were tuned to any wrestling of leaves or…

The Longest Journey

“You only get one propeller,” someone shouts half-jokingly as we head off from his dock towards Roscoe Inlet.  We are all excited to finally be starting Raincoast’s juvenile salmon migration project.  As we cruise the boat near the shore in search of salmon fry that have recently left their spawning streams for the open ocean,…

Hope Springs Eternal

Hope springs eternal – at least that’s how it feels right now on BC’s c Central coast. The juncos, warblers and sandhill cranes have returned from their wintering grounds in the south. Hummingbirds are everywhere, searching out the sweet salmonberry blossoms. And grizzly bears have been awake and active for almost a month, gorging themselves…

Down to the Wire

by Faisal Moola Large Carnivore Projects Coordinator Victoria, BC, March 2005 It’s election time in British Columbia this spring (May 17) and campaigning by the various political parties has already begun in earnest.   In addition to the persistent concerns of the electorate on health care and education, the environment could also be a factor in…

Notes from the Shipyard

The alarm goes off at 6am. It’s still dark and I can hear the rain on Hemisphere Dancer’s aluminum coach house. Stephen and I don our raingear and quietly slip outside without waking Brian. As we walk the footpath along the Fraser River, Vancouver is already humming with the sounds of traffic. We spot a…

New National Geographic Special “Last Stand of the Great Bear”

New National Geographic Special “Last Stand of the Great Bear”

Premieres Wednesday, Nov. 3, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on PBS (check local listings for details)Canadian premiere to be announced in early spring 2005 Along the coast of British Columbia lies an enchanted wilderness, where bear-hunting wolves take to the sea, grizzlies clash in titanic battles and wild salmon are the pulsing lifeblood of an entire…

The Salmon Bears

The sound of the grizzly’s jaws crunching down on the bones of a salmon echoed up and down the Koeye River Valley. As we watched from our canoe, drifting silently on the water, the beautiful female bear devoured a big chum that she had corralled in a side pool created by a fallen tree. She…

Sea Lice Loot

White caps licking my gumboots, I make the leap from water taxi to gillnet fishing boat off the North coast of Vancouver Island. A burly Viking type fisherman, Calvin Siider, welcomes me aboard. I am one of many volunteers helping collect sea lice this year with Raincoast researcher Corey Peet. The success of our collections…