God save thee, albatross

Chris Genovali | Monday Magazine | March 11, 2009 I’m on my back on the aft deck of Raincoast’s research vessel. My repose is involuntary as we ply the lumpy waters of Haida Gwaii’s west coast. Not one prone to sea-sickness, I nevertheless feel like my head is virtually nailed down, a result of the…

Catch them if you can

Salmon runs on Canada’s west coast are declining year by year, putting other wildlife such as grizzly bears at risk James Fair BBC Wildlife February 2009 It may have been voted one of the world’s top 10 wildlife spectacles by BBC Wildlife experts (January), but the sight of the grizzly bears gathering to feed on…

Silent Fall

Monday Magazine The silence along the river was almost deafening. No birds, bears or wolves appeared along the banks. The reason soon became obvious: not a single salmon was to be seen in the glacial-fed water. Not a single salmon carcass lay on the ground, not in the estuary or the forest. There was no…

Drill Baby Drill

Alaska governor Sarah Palin is really more frightening than fiesty \ \ CounterPunch, October 20, 2008 \ Monday Magazine,\’a0 October 15, 2008 \ \ By Chris Genovali \ \ Victoria’s Times-Colonist writer Iain Hunter’s recent column on John McCain’s vice-presidential pick Sarah Palin (“Our election needs Palin’s feistiness,” September 8, 2008) exemplifies the type of…

Fearsome deer hunters? No, wolves would rather dine on a dainty fish dish

By Daily Mail Reporter September 2, 2008 Wolves have a reputation as fearsome meat-eating hunters, but given the choice they would rather have a tasty salmon, scientists have found. This is because a leisurely fishing trip is safer and less exhausting than chasing deer. Salmon also provides an excellent source of nutrition.

British Columbia wolves have taste for salmon, new study finds

Financial Post Canwest News Service Published: Tuesday, September 02, 2008 A team of biologists has discovered “Canada’s newest marine mammal” — the wolf. A new Canadian study of the feeding patterns of British Columbia wolf packs found that they would rather fish than hunt. The study found that wolves routinely turn up their noses at…