Advancing non-invasive approaches for monitoring wildlife: considering the ethics of developing new techniques

Advancing non-invasive approaches for monitoring wildlife: considering the ethics of developing new techniques

A theme that underlies our research in the Applied Conservation Lab is that we aim to apply methods that are minimally invasive to wildlife. This ethos emerges in large part from our partners in First Nations communities, who have taught us many important lessons about respecting the people, places, and animals where we work. Our…

Meet the team of applied conservation scientists at the University of Victoria

Meet the team of applied conservation scientists at the University of Victoria

Last year the Raincoast lab at UVic marked an important new milestone with the creation of the Raincoast Chair in Applied Conservation Science at the University of Victoria. This five year Chaired Professorship allows us to expand our research, teaching and outreach programs in community-driven applied conservation science. Our long-term vision is to train next…

The Salish Sea Emerging Stewards kick off

The Salish Sea Emerging Stewards kick off

We’re very excited to be kicking off the Salish Sea Emerging Stewards Program this week with youth from the Indigenous Leadership program and other youth from the Cowichan School District. We’re in the first phase of our new three part Salish Sea Stewards program. This is the land-based preliminary learning phase where we’ll be introducing…

30th Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference in Seattle

30th Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference in Seattle

This week Raincoast will join hundreds of scientists, First Nations and tribal government representatives, policy makers, community members and conservationists at the 30th Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference, in Seattle. As the largest and most comprehensive conference focused on the Salish Sea, the event is an important opportunity to progress this years theme: Ecosystem Recovery in an International Transboundary System…

Wildlife management isn’t rocket science (but it should still be other kinds of science)

Wildlife management isn’t rocket science (but it should still be other kinds of science)

Do wildlife management policies in North America consistently rely on good evidence? Do management wildlife agencies commit to hallmarks of science in their methodologies? When governments defend hunting laws and regulations by touting science, should we accept their claims at face value? Listen to Carol Off and Kyle Artelle discuss…

Research: online hunting forums identify achievement as prominent among multiple satisfactions

Research: online hunting forums identify achievement as prominent among multiple satisfactions

Researchers from the Raincoast Conservation Foundation and the University of Victoria have shed new light on what satisfies hunters. Reporting in the peer-reviewed journal Wildlife Society Bulletin, they found that the dominant satisfaction expressed in online hunting stories is achievement…

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…