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Notes, details, updates and miscellaneous thoughts.


Year two of grizzly bear behaviour monitoring in the Atnarko Corridor, Nuxalk Territory

Grizzly Bear

Published on 2020.10.19 | by Kate Field | in Notes from the Field, Raincoast updates

Patience, attention to detail, and the ability to adapt are a few human qualities that many strive to attain. Grizzly bear field research here on the Atnarko River, Nuxalk Territory, affords our crew the opportunity to develop those traits and put them to the test.

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Three youth undergo Raincoast’s first year-long training program

Published on 2020.10.08 | by Maureen Vo, Education and Development Coordinator | in Raincoast updates

The new year-long training program in the Salish Sea Emerging Stewards program provides leadership skills and provides the Junior Leaders the opportunity to connect with local scientists, educators and Indigenous knowledge keepers…

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Some good news for 2020? How about ending commercial trophy hunting in the 5,300 km2 Kitlope hunting tenure

Published on 2020.10.07 | by Brian Falconer, Guide Outfitter Coordinator | in Raincoast updates

I first visited the Kitlope Valley thirty years ago aboard the Maple Leaf at the invitation of the Haisla and Xenaksiala people who were fighting to save their homeland from clearcut logging. This was the beginning of my own journey…

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Measuring tree heights with lasers

Published on 2020.10.06 | by Shauna Doll, Gulf Islands Forest Project Coordinator | in Raincoast updates

Measuring the heights of trees in the Coastal Douglas-fir (CDF) zone is quite a feat. In mature CDF forests (which, unfortunately, are increasingly hard to find), individual trees can grow up to 90 metres tall! But in the Gulf Islands, where most forests have been cut at some point in the not-so-distant past, second growth […]

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How do we learn during a pandemic?

Maureen Vo shares a laugh with a student of the Salish Sea Emerging Stewards Program.

Published on 2020.10.02 | by Maureen Vo, Education and Development Coordinator | in Raincoast updates

Raincoast has also had to adjust how we educate students, shifting from our transformative experiential and place-based learning to predominantly virtual, online engagement…

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A new way for American supporters to contribute

Denis Tuzinovic in the sunshine with his Patagonia hat on.

Published on 2020.09.28 | by Raincoast | in Raincoast updates

Denis Tuzinovic, a Bosnian refugee, grew up in Chicago after immigrating to the US in 1996. He is now based in Seattle, WA and started volunteering for Raincoast in 2018. In his spare time Denis is an avid book reader, marathon runner, and enjoys hiking in the Pacific Northwest…

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Coastal Insights online education series about nature, people, and place is now complete and available

A mashup of images and profile photos from the Coastal Insights series episodes.

Published on 2020.07.29 | by Maureen Vo, Education and Development Coordinator | in Raincoast updates

The pandemic has impacted our lives in many ways, particularly with regard to learning in schools and experiential programming. Teachers have had to fast-track their technological skills and shift from their regular face to face connections with students to engaging through online learning. Raincoast knows this first hand as we were literally one week away […]

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In memory of Dr. Michael Soulé

Paul Paquet and Michael Soule out on the land.

Published on 2020.07.02 | by Raincoast | in Raincoast updates

Michael Soulé’s work has been central to the growth of conservation science. He has been called the grandfather of conservation biology. Soulé has been an important source of knowledge, counsel, and insight to many of the scientists at Raincoast Conservation Foundation. May 28, 1936 – June 17, 2020 Thoughtful counsel and generosity My last conversations […]

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

Two photos of Staqeya the lone wolf on Discovery Island.

Published on 2020.03.26 | by Raincoast | in Raincoast updates

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 BC…

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Raincoast Conservation Foundation’s work and COVID-19

A whale tail above the surface of the water in beautiful yellow light of twilight.

Published on 2020.03.18 | by Raincoast | in Raincoast updates

We encourage all of our supporters to stay informed and follow government advice, including social distancing, stay connected, and look out for each other…

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Rainwolf is the last to go

A wolf lies down and stares into the lens of the photographer from across the beach.

Published on 2020.02.10 | by Raincoast | in Raincoast updates

We are now busy raising the remaining funds to meet our $650,000 target for the Kitlope tenure. We’ll soon be updating you as to how close we are to that target…

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Join us at the Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference in Vancouver

A small coho salmon fry swim on the bottom of the lake.

Published on 2019.10.21 | by Ross Dixon, Communications & Development Director | in Raincoast updates

Along with the Lower Fraser Fisheries Alliance, Raincoast is chairing a traditional session at the upcoming Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference April 19-22, 2020 Vancouver Convention Centre Vancouver BC. The session, Toward a vision for Ecological Resilience in the Lower Fraser River, session ID1438, is accepting abstracts until November 1st. Our goal is to bring together […]

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