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…

Persistent Organic Pollutants in British Columbia’s Grizzly Bears: Consequence of Divergent Diets

Persistent Organic Pollutants in British Columbia’s Grizzly Bears: Consequence of Divergent Diets

Christensen, J.R., MacDuffee, M., MacDonald, R.W., Whiticar, M., Ross, P.S. 2005. Persistent Organic Pollutants in British Columbia’s Grizzly Bears: Consequence of Divergent Diet. Environmental Science and Technology 39: 6952-6960. View the paper in .PDF

Great Bear Rainforest Agreement

An ongoing assessment of British Columbia’s efforts in protecting the Great Bear Rainforest September 1, 2005 Proposed land use plans for Great Bear Rainforest scientifically inadequate The British Columbia government is currently deciding whether or not to legally implement a new conservation blueprint for the Great Bear Rainforest. After years of consultation with the forestry…

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…

Fish Farm Link to Sea Lice Infections on B.C. Wild Salmon Confirmed

Martin Krkos­ek, Centre for Mathematical Biology, Depts. of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences and Biological Sciences, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB. The paper described here is published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B, March 2005 as, Krkošek, M., Lewis, M. A., & Volpe, J. P. Transmission dynamics of parasitic sea lice…

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…