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Notes, details, updates and miscellaneous thoughts.


Southern Resident killer whales need your voice

Southern Resident killer whale at the surface of the water at sunset.

Published on 2021.04.15 | by Alex Harris, Communications Associate | in Raincoast updates

With the Canadian federal government set to decide on recovery measures for 2021, we have made it easy for you to send a letter to three federal ministers encouraging them to implement the strongest possible recovery measures to ensure the survival of Southern Resident killer whales.

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Otolith study confirms Harrison Chinook salmon rely on the Fraser River Estuary for early growth

A juvenile Chinook salmon is measured in a clear container with water with the estuary in the background.

Published on 2021.04.08 | by Lia Chalifour, PhD candidate at UVic and UBC | Raincoast’s Fraser Estuary research team member | in Raincoast updates

Chinook salmon from the Harrison River, which was declared Canada’s first Salmon Stronghold, do something unique; rather than growing in their home lake and river system for the first year or more as many other salmon do, these fish go on a great adventure.

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New research identifies ancient culturally-modified trees, and with them the future of forest management

Culturally modified tree in the Great Bear Rainforest, being measured by Stephen Neasloss.

Published on 2021.04.07 | by Raincoast | in Raincoast updates

After practising sustainable forest management for millennia, the Kitasoo/Xai’xais Nation has looked to its ancient cedar trees to help guide the future of its forests stewardship.

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New video: The Terminal 2 expansion and Southern Resident killer whales and Fraser River Chinook salmon

Southern Resident killer whale in the ocean.

Published on 2021.03.17 | by Alex Harris, Communications Associate | in Raincoast updates

We have released a new video about the impacts of the Port of Vancouver’s Terminal 2 expansion on Southern Resident killer whales and Fraser River Chinook salmon.

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Coastal Insights education series – Season 2 launch

Published on 2021.02.03 | by Maureen Vo, Education and Development Coordinator | in Raincoast updates

It is with great excitement that we launch our newest season of our Coastal Insights, aptly named ‘Eyes on the Coast’. Taking off where season 1 ended, we will be diving deeper into coastal British Columbia’s rich history, ecosystems and conservation issues using a two-eyed approach…

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Why 2020 was not all bad…

Eagle flies high up in the air.

Published on 2020.12.28 | by Chris Genovali, Executive Director | in Raincoast updates

Before 2020 closes, please accept my sincere thanks and gratitude for your support that has enabled our success.

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Explore S’DÁYES Flycatcher Forest: Webinar, video and fundraising update

Ariel view of S,DÁYES Flycatcher Forest

Published on 2020.12.10 | by Shauna Doll, Gulf Islands Forest Project Coordinator | in Conservation update, Raincoast updates

On December 1st, Raincoast and Pender Islands Conservancy announced a match funding campaign in support of protecting S’DÁYES Flycatcher Forest on North Pender Island: we will be gifted $50,000 if we can raise the same amount with individual donations.  We are now only $12,000 away from unlocking this $50,000! Can you help bring us to […]

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The perfect holiday gift that supports efforts to protect BC’s wolves

Coastal wolf

Published on 2020.11.27 | by Alex Harris, Communications Associate | in Raincoast updates

We have partnered with Ecologyst and an incredibly talented Tsleil-Waututh artist, Ocean Hyland, to make these exclusive 1200 Wolf Tee Shirts…

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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

A butterfly lands on a flower in the Kitlope 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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