An article released today, "Leaving space for the grizzly” by Eric Plummer highlights some key issues surrounding the long-term survival of grizzly bears in British Columbia. "What do we want this place to look like 50 years from now? Because if we have another 50 years like the last 50 years, none of us are going to like what it looks like. In the absence of objectives, we're failing fish and wildlife,” says the resident priority program manager with the B.C. Wildlife Federation, Jesse Zeman. Zeman believes that the bear's future will rely on a focused combination of wildlife funding, accurate science and public support for conservation initiatives.
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The article tackles the need for space and careful land management in order for bears, especially females with cubs, to thrive. Historically having people reside near grizzly habitat has not gone well for the bears. "Biologist Valerius Geist has found grizzlies to be more wary of people than other large wildlife, as shown by the distance they keep from roads. "Deer or elk are found within a quarter of a mile; grizzly bears, two kilometres. They are that afraid of us," notes Geist, citing one particular study that illustrates this fear of traffic. "A female with cubs, she spent two weeks patrolling a highway before she crossed it. For grizzly bears or any other large predator, a species cannot be sustained unless people stay far away, stresses Geist.” Head to the link in our profile to sign our petition for a #trophyfreeBC.
She was such a gentle, elegant and stunning spirit bear. Spending quality time with her has been a true highlight as a naturalist and photographer. Just when I thought she could not get anymore beautiful, I studied her closer and noticed her long eyelashes. Over 5 years ago, she was on the cover of National Geographic magazine for a story we did on keeping oil tankers off the BC coast. Thanks to the efforts of so many including the #Gitgaat First Nation and non-profits like @sea_legacy and @pacificwild, these bears will continue to roam this coast. #bear#bc#instagood#love#naturalbeauty#adventure@natgeo
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A pod of killer whales pass through the remote waters of the Great Bear Sea. The northern resident whale populations that remain year-round in the coastal waters of central and northern B.C. are listed as Threatened under the Canadian Species at Risk Act (SARA). Alarmingly, these bodies of water are not currently designated as critical habitat under SARA for these whales. On top of this, current recovery strategies and action plans (if they exist) note that there is currently insufficient information to fully map out these at-risk species’ critical habitat, plus protection measures under SARA are not always properly enforced. These gaps in protection pose a real threat to cetacean species inhabiting the waters of the Great Bear Rainforest. .
But this week, organizations and individuals up and down the west coast are sharing some good news from these remote waters - a story we hope will inspire people to care about the welfare of killer whales in our waters. Many years ago in 2002, an orphaned northern resident killer whale named Springer was found and rescued in Puget Sound. Today, 15 years later, Springer has given birth to a second calf. Her story is incredibly rare: Springer is the first known case of a whale being captured and successfully reintegrated with her pod in the wild. “Her rescue, relocation, reunification with relatives and transition to motherhood is an incredible story. I see it as testimony to both the resiliency of killer whales as a species and to the wonderful things we humans can do when we work together on behalf of — rather than against — nature,” said Lance Barrett-Lennard, director of the Cetacean Research Program at @OceanWise via @timescolonist. Head to pacificwild.org to donate and listen to our hydrophone network or learn more about how you can help protect these graceful and powerful cetaceans.
Photo by @iantmcallister#orca#killerwhale#springer#hellobc#explorebc#pnw#pugetsound#johnstonestrait#cetacealab
All that remains of one of the most ambitious projects in the history of navigation on the BC coast is the weathered foundation of the Triangle lighthouse. Construction began in 1909 on the nearly 700 foot summit - apparently at odds with the primary rule of lighthouse design- never build higher than 150 feet above sea level in order to stay below fog and cloud. A few short years later the station was abandoned having killed more people attempting to maintain the light than it saved. Today, it remains an ecological powerhouse for countless bird and marine mammal species but they remain threatened by oil spills, unsustainable fisheries and a warming ocean. Visit: @pacificwild to learn how to support protection of this globally important marine sanctuary. #greatbearsea#greatbearrainforest#marineconservation#hellobc@sea_legacy@cpawsbc
“I plunge into the water, underwater camera in hand to further document the deep blue we will be exploring for the next two weeks. For a moment it feels lonely, but before the feeling takes, the novelty of a human in such vastness brings one, two, then three blue sharks to my side. One is easily more than eight feet long. They continuously circle me; reminding me of how wolves in close quarters have acted around me in the past…..”
Today on #SharkAwarenessDay head to the link in our profile to read the rest of the blog written by @iantmcallister, Pacific Wild’s Executive Director. A highly migratory species, blue sharks like this one can be found off the west coast of Vancouver Island in the summer as they search for warmer water. Despite their large eyes, they can be injured by boats who do not see them (and vice versa ) as they often appear at the surface when feeding.
Unfortunately, as they are one of the more common sharks in Canadian waters, blue sharks are also a common bycatch in commercial fishing.
As Ian writes, “though this vast ocean conveys life to our shores, produces our climate and weather, and serves as the gateway to the Great Bear Rainforest, it remains a virtual mystery. As B.C.'s marine waters warm and natural cycles destabilize, we know some of the species we see on this trip may actually flourish as others face immediate decline.” There have been 14 species of sharks documented in the coastal waters of British Columbia. Don’t fear the fin - use this international awareness day to learn more about these intelligent creatures that roam our seas and what we can do to protect them and their habitat. #replacefearwithfacts#sharklove#ifsharksdisappeared #shark#greatbearsea
In a world below the ocean's surface in the Great Bear Sea, ethereal Hooded Nudibranchs swim and dance upon the cold dark sea and the play of light through the salty water. Only able to sense light and dark, Hooded Nudibranchs emit a fruity scent in order to attract one another and to mate. Our cinematographer @iantmcallister says these pheromones they emit smell similar to watermelon! Pronounced “new-dee-brank,” a nudibranch is a type of sea slug that has naked (“nudi”) gills (“branchs”). The lobed structures on the animals’ backs are the naked gills @themarinedetective. Today, take a minute to appreciate and dance with these beauties on the last day of #NudibranchWeek, fittingly also on #NationalNudeDay ;) @montereybayaquarium.
"You must be patient
to find a nudibranch
in a tidepool. Pretend
the tidepool is history
and the nudibranch a
lacuna of history. When
you do find a nudibranch,
its brilliant cerata mane
blinds you with truth—
not the possession of truth
but the effort in struggling to attain it
brings joy to the searcher—
you’re never the same again." — by Jeffrey Yang, from An Aquarium
Sea wolves living in the rainforest along the Pacific coast of Canada are taking the internet by storm! Profiled recently by @boredpanda and in the past by @natgeo and more, these sea wolves are becoming more well-known as people worldwide learn how these wolves are genetically distinct from their inland cousins and from wolves in any other part of the world. Want to learn more about these wolves? Head to the link in our profile to buy the "Last Wild Wolves, Ghosts of the Great Bear Rainforest” by @iantmcallister now and learn more about these notable creatures. This book is an intimate portrait that documents for the first time ever a distinct population of wolves living on the rugged north coast of British Columbia, one of the last places on the planet where wolves live relatively undisturbed by humans.
“Beautiful as The Last Wild Wolves is to look at – McAllister’s worthy-of-framing photos dominate almost every page – it is first and unashamedly a clarion call to care. ‘When I stare into the amber eyes of a wolf… those eyes offer a portal into understanding not just wolves, but the rain forest world they represent’… By introducing people who might never visit the Great Bear Rainforest to another of its treasures, McAllister hopes that real action will be taken to ensure its survival. Because if not now, when? Later will be too late,” in a review by the Vancouver Sun. #greatbearrainforest#seawolves#pacificnorthwest#pacificcoast#pnw#wolf#ocean#oceanfeedstherainforest
Transient orcas pass through the waters off the northwestern tip of Vancouver Island. The Scott Islands are a refuge for the second largest Stellar’s sea lion rookery in the entire world, making it a hot key spot for these orcas as they hunt for prey. "Like us, these orca have complex cultures and diverse languages. They care for their families and are led by matriarchs, long after their reproductive years. They have rituals for sharing territory. They sing, share their food, play, court, nurse their babies and, like us, grieve at loss.” — Briony Penn (Orca Ino L-54). Head to our Facebook page @ Pacific Wild to read more from Briony Penn in "Despite all the noise, pollution and overfishing—the orca are still here". Photo by @iantmcallister#resilience#greatbearrainforest#beautifulbritishcolumbia#orca#killerwhale
Not too long ago, we thought we could improve upon what nature had perfected. We put bounties on bald eagles and Dolly Varden trout, thinking we were helping salmon by killing their predators. We tidied and straightened salmon streams, not realizing that nature’s chaos nurtures life. We built fish hatcheries and treated salmon like commodities instead of fine-tuned creatures that have carried their genetic message for millennia. We clear-cut ancient forests, not heeding the wisdom written in all those growth rings of trees many centuries older than us. We did all of this with the best of intentions, thinking we were doing the salmon, forests, and ourselves a favor. We know better today. That scientists have discovered salmon in the trees tells us that everything is connected. And if we start tossing away the pieces, we eventually unravel the whole glorious show.
Salmon link the land to the sea and they can’t survive if both aren’t healthy. Neither can we. Long ago, we knew how to live within nature’s constraints... When the circle is whole, so are we.
We’ve been given a great gift, and an even greater responsibility. All the pieces are still here. But for how long?
This is our time. Let us learn from the lessons that salmon in the trees teach us and ensure that the greatest show on Earth goes on. These words are excerpts from photographer Amy Gulick's award-winning book Salmon in the Trees @sea_legacy Photo of a genetically distinct sea wolf with a chum salmon by @iantmcallister
With your help, we were able to reach and even exceed our donation goal for #Canada150 this weekend! In less than 48 hours, 37 people raised over $2,000. With support like this and Pacific Wild's 93,000 followers on Instagram alone, we have a real opportunity to help aid in the conservation of majestic creatures that thrill and inspire us. Thank you!! From sea wolves to grizzlies to the rare Spirit bear and beyond, your donations are ensuring that Canada’s wildlife have places to roam, nest and feed for lifetimes to come. It is due to individuals like yourself that our conservation efforts can make an impact. Located in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest, @PacificWild uses 100% of all public donations to fund conservation and advocacy programs in collaboration with First Nations communities, scientists, other organizations and individuals. We depend on these investments to sustain our long-term mission, organizational growth, and to fuel inspiration as we help develop the right ideas and, often times, solutions, in the right place at the right time. Thank you for supporting passionate and committed innovative research, public education, community outreach and awareness to achieve the goal of lasting environmental protection in the lands and waters of the Great Bear Rainforest @ pacificwild.org/support-us
Photo by @iantmcallister#donate#spiritbear#kermode#savebcwolves#banthetrophyhunt#stopthetrophyhunt#pacificnorthwest#beautifulbritishcolumbia#pacificnorthwest#greatbearrainforest
Wolves are iconic emblems of Canada’s wild nature. In this human-dominated world, people are rightly worried that wolves everywhere are vulnerable to disturbance. As wolves disappear, so does much of the wild nature that wolves signify and that people depend on for spiritual nourishment and physical sustenance - wolves and people are both understood to be victims of unrestrained industrial progress. From this perspective, wild wolves living in wild areas of the Great Bear Rainforest provide hope for many that not all has been lost. On Canada’s 150th anniversary, Pacific Wild asks you to support our efforts as we aspire to raise $1,500 to defend one of the most spectacular ecosystems on the planet and the home to sea wolves. Today is the last day - if 100 people give just $15 in donation, we will reach our goal for #Canada150. Head to the link in our profile to be one of the 100 people who support our conservation efforts. Together, let’s change the story of how Canadians make their mark on this iconic animal. Head to the link in our profile to be one of the 100 people who support our conservation efforts today.
Photo by @iantmcallister#savebcwolves
Happy Canada Day! Canada is home to one the world’s leading symbols of wilderness: the grizzly bear. On Canada’s 150th anniversary, we are aspiring to raise $1,500 to go to our conservation efforts in helping stop the grizzly bear trophy hunt in BC. There are few experiences more awe-inspiring than the sight of a grizzly bear in its natural environment. The opportunity to see bears in the wild draws thousands of international tourists to Canada each year. This country is one of the last global safe havens for grizzly bears worldwide. Yet despite evidence that bear populations are shrinking, the government of B.C. continues to allow this iconic animal to be recklessly hunted and killed for sport.
In conserving our land and waters as a gift to the planet, Pacific Wild asks you to support our efforts for a #trophyfreeBC. If 100 people give just $15 in donation, we will reach our goal for #Canada150. Head to the link in our profile to be one of the 100 people who support our conservation efforts today. Together, let’s change the story of how Canadians make their mark on an iconic animal of global importance.
Photo by @iantmcallister#stopthetrophyhunt#banthetrophyhunt
Today on the 150th anniversary of Confederation in Canada, we are celebrating the beauty and diversity of the coast. Did you know that: Canada has the second largest land surface of any country sitting at 9.15 million km2 and the longest coastline of any sovereign nation with 7.1 million km2 of coastal waters under various levels of federal jurisdiction. Almost 9% (891,163 km2) of Canada's total area is covered by fresh water and contains 10% of the world's forested land. Although much more needs to be done to protect the richness of wildlife and wilderness that people around the world associate with Canada, we also have a lot to celebrate thanks to the efforts of First Nations, environmental organizations and individual Canadians. This video highlights the stunning biodiversity of British Columbia, featuring the song “The Great Bear” by the @great_lake_swimmers who wrote and sang the song after being inspired by the beauty of the Great Bear Rainforest.
In conserving our land and waters as a gift to the planet, Pacific Wild asks you to participate in a collective effort of wildlife education and conservation initiatives. On Canada’s 150th anniversary, we are aspiring to raise $1,500 to go to our conservation efforts. If 100 people give just $15 in donation, we will reach our goal for #Canada150. Head to the link in our profile to be one of the 100 people who support our conservation efforts today.
Aptly named, the bumps and nicks in the distinctive scalloped edge of humpback whale tails have been dubbed the "trailing edge". Called flukes, their broad tails are often the last sight you will see before they dive beneath the surface of the Great Bear Sea. Swipe right for a photo of the anatomy of the flukes and common terminology to help identify individual markings. The three basic characteristics to pay attention to, in addition to individual black and white pigmentation patterns, are the fluke shape, notch shape and trailing edge. But despite the humpbacks elegant exit into the depths of the sea, its ethereal beauty doesn't stop there... The genus of the humpback whale is "megaptera", translating to "giant wings" and refers to their pectoral fins. These wing-like flippers measure up to 16 feet (5 m) and total a third of the whale's entire body length - the longest of any whale. Head to pacificwild.org to learn more about these flying giants of the Great Bear Sea.
First photo is taken by @iantmcallister. Second photo is from alaskahumpbacks.org. At the beginning of summer - right now - these whales travel through BC to Alaska for the summer months and later to Hawaii for the winter. The productive marine habitat of British Columbia's waters are integral to their journey. Let's keep these waters a nutrient rich and safe place for them to feed --- donate to our efforts @ pacificwild.org.
Within the last week, dozens of wildlife groups alongside @PacificWild have banded together to denounce a plan for a hunter-funded wildlife agency. Yup, you read that right. Proposed by the BC government, it is a plan to turn the management of wildlife in BC over to a separate agency. This would relieve the government from managing wildlife issues and skirt around controversial issues, such as grizzly, wolf and caribou populations. This should matter immensely to all of us and every single person you know who does not want to prioritize the interests of hunters over wildlife. No one person should “own” wild animals - the management of critical habitat and animal welfare is a shared human responsibility. This plan would be a huge step backwards - privatization means that instead of the government taking the lead in regulating hunting, eco-tourism, or conservation programs, that power is handed over to a separate agency. In an open letter found at pacificwild.org, the wildlife organizations and businesses in opposition of this plan state “the wildlife of the province belongs to all British Columbians, and has by law been held by the government in trust, to conserve the wildlife, and to ensure the rights of all members of the public ... That means that elected representatives can be held accountable for their wildlife decisions through general elections and in courts ... A separate agency could not be held accountable by the public, and would be more susceptible to influence by special interest groups.” Worried yet? Head to pacificwild.org to read press releases, the open letter and more. A big thank you to the hard-working wildlife groups in opposition with us.
Photo by @iantmcallister #savebcwolves#bcpoli#banthetrophyhunt#trophyfreebc#savebcwolves
After 42 years on the Endangered Species list, grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National Park will be stripped of their protected status. Announced today by the U.S. Interior Department, the delisting rule will open the bears to be trophy hunted outside of the national park boundaries. As we work tirelessly to ban the cruel and unsustainable grizzly bear trophy hunt in neighbouring British Columbia, this is devastating and regressive news. As @davidsuzukifdn wrote, "Wild animals don't heed political boundaries. Wide-ranging species like grizzly bears move in and out of neighbouring jurisdictions” (The grisly truth about B.C.'s grizzly trophy hunt).
In the last few months, we have seen the Trump administration propose that B.C. grizzly bears should be captured and shipped south to reintroduce grizzly bears to the North Cascades ecosystem in Washington State, while simultaneously signing a law allowing protected bears in Alaska's national wildlife refuges to be targeted by trophy hunters over bait stations, shoot wolf packs and grizzly bears from aircraft, and kill wolf pups in dens. The #Yellowstone grizzly bears currently being stripped of Endangered Species Act safeguards had been hunted, trapped and poisoned to near extinction in 1975 when they were formally listed as a threatened species (@reuters). This is a cyclical problem and unsustainable pattern. Federal protection is integral to stopping unethical hunting practices and to ensure populations thrive for lifetimes to come. All politicians should support protection.
“Beyond appropriation of our culture, the most important fight is for our land,” - Simogyet Malii, the chief negotiator for the Gitanyow Hereditary Chiefs (@GlobeandMail). Today on National Indigenous People's Day, how are you confronting Indigenous stereotypes and advocating for a sustainable and common future? Please join Pacific Wild in honouring the pivotal role First Nations on BC’s North and Central Coast play in protecting the #GreatBearRainforest. Let’s show our support to First Nations and the creation of a conservation-based coastal economy by standing up to protect our common future.
Want to know how you can help today? 1) Donate: Support @pacificwild's conservation solutions in collaboration with First Nations communities and others. Shop our store, give a gift, or become a monthly donor today - even $5 helps!
2) Act: Sign the petition to ban trophy hunting of wolves, bears, and other large carnivores in B.C. to help establish conservation and sustainable development projects in remote communities. Let's get to 50,000 signatures!
3) Learn: Join a new rising narrative and begin to rethink the story. Read the 45 other things Prime Minister Trudeau could focus on beyond changing the name of #NADCanada via Zoe S.C. Todd, PhD, Métis.
Head to the link in our profile for the above . Photo by @iantmcallister #nationalindigenouspeoplesday#resistance150 #NationalAboriginalDay#decolonize#heiltsukstrong#sacredecology#colonialism150#indigenous#cdnpoli#diversity#FNIM
Conservation officers had to put down 119 black bears in May, more than double the 52 that were killed in the same month last year in British Columbia. Reported by @GlobalNews, May 2017 was the deadliest month for the animals in the last six years. @CKNW@steeleanddrex spoke with Bryce Casavant, a former conservation officer who was fired after he refused to euthanize a pair of bear cubs, who says that “most of the province, and most communities within the province, do not have comprehensive wildlife management plans for urban wildlife.” In human-animal conflicts, these bears invariably end up as the losers. Animals not only lose their natural habitat, but also their lives. On top of this, the B.C. government has continued to authorize the slaughter of thousands of black bears per year for trophy hunting. In the #greatbearrainforest, it is impossible to tell which of these black bears carry the recessive gene for the rare white Kermode or Spirit bears. While a termination of the government-sanctioned trophy hunt is essential, bears in British Columbia face further issues, threatened from a loss of habitat and food sources. As Suzanne Veit from the @grizzlybearfdn has said, “The cumulative impacts of habitat loss, insecure food sources, inadequate enforcement of wildlife laws, legal hunting, and the as yet uncertain impacts of climate change combine to present major challenges to the survival of the grizzly bears. Strong action is needed now to secure their future. How we achieve this will be judged by the world”. Head to the link in our profile to sign our petition & help end the trophy hunting of bears, wolves and other large carnivores in British Columbia.
Photo by @iantmcallister #liketodislike#blackbear#wildlifemanagement#wildlifephotography#waronwildlife#humananimalconflict#bcpoli#stopthetrophyhunt#trophyfreebc
This year, the BC Liberals EXTENDED the grizzly bear trophy hunting season in the Great Bear Rainforest. Today marked the last day of the Spring hunt - the next hunt in the fall has also been extended and starts in two months. As British Columbia's politicians return to the legislature in exactly one week on June 22nd, the fate of B.C.'s grizzlies is yet to be determined. But we need your help.
So far, prior to B.C.'s provincial election in May, the NDP and Greens have proclaimed several moves towards better protection for grizzly bears in British Columbia (but continue to support the killing of grizzly bears for “food” as opposed to “trophy"). How would this translate into practice? How would a new government prevent the creation of a loophole whereby trophy hunters kill grizzlies under the guise of a meat hunt? “The motivation to shoot grizzly bears is not to obtain meat to eat,” said Faisal Moola, the David Suzuki Foundation’s director-general for Ontario and Northern Canada. “This is not a food hunt, like bagging a deer or goose or moose for your table or freezer. The motivation to kill this majestic animal is purely for sport and sometimes for profit,” quoted from the Vancouver Sun article, "B.C. will require grizzly hunters to remove meat, predicts wildlife federation," by Larry Pynn.
Next Thursday, the BC NDP and Greens hope to defeat a BC Liberal minority government in a confidence vote. Please sign and share our petition to help @PacificWild's efforts in voicing the need for a policy in complete support of the ban and to end the trophy hunting of bears, wolves and other large carnivores in B.C. Can we get to 50,000 signatures before June 22nd?? Link in profile.
Photo by @iantmcallister#stopthetrophyhunt#waronwildlife#trophyfreebc#banthetrophyhunt#savebcwolves#grizzlybear#greatbearrainforest
June 2017 is Orca Awareness Month so we will make weekly posts to get to know them better! Do you know the difference between resident and transient orcas? Don’t feel bad if you don’t as researchers only discovered this distinction in the late 1980s. Their diet, morphology (shape), communication, and even genetics are different. Residents and transients have been evolving down separate genetic pathways for the last 700,000 years! Residents mainly feed on salmon, while transients prey on marine mammals, such as harbour seals, sea lions, small whales, and dolphins. Residents have a very diverse acoustic repertoire and family dialects, while transients have very few calls across the coast. Transients also hunt silently and in smaller groups to take their prey by surprise. Different threats such as high levels of toxins (the most polluted marine mammal on the planet!) and chronic underwater noise caused by shipping traffic are affecting their survival.
There is still a lot we don’t know about orcas, such as their movement patterns and habitat use during winter on the central and north coast. However, our network of underwater hydrophones allow us to gather data about critical habitats like this one near King Island - turn the sound on to listen to our recording of a Northern Resident Killer Whale in this "Orca Hydrophone Visualization” graphic.
Northern residents spend a majority of time foraging for chinook salmon during these spring and summer months as they travel large distances - resting, socializing, and beach rubbing along the way.
Head to the link in our profile to learn more about the surprising discoveries that have been found between transient and resident killer whales. Help Pacific Wild to learn more and protect orcas’ critical habitat by donating to the Great Bear Sea Hydrophone Network here: pacificwild.org/support-us/donate
Animated by @jj.talbott for @pacificwild #orcaawarenessmonth#orca#killerwhale#biggsorca#dfo#biology#hydrophone#seascapes#acoustic#underwaterworld#marineprotectedarea#marinelife
2/2: Building on the work of First Nations and province of B.C., the federal government has committed to team up to design a system of marine protected areas. These MPAs are a conservation strategy that if implemented properly will help protect and rebuild threatened species, populations, and ecological communities and bolster local co-management by First Nations. It will offer coastal communities greater economic opportunities and help safeguard food and cultural security for generations to come. Hundreds of studies from around the world have shown that at a minimum, 30% of our ocean habitat must be fully protected to ensure the long-term survival of biodiversity, and that includes all of the species that feed us.
Right now, less than 1% of Canada’s marine environment is protected. Our federal government made a commitment to protect 10% of marine and coastal areas by 2020. There is still a long way to go to protect that much: Canada needs to catch up and accelerate marine protection. Head to the link in our profile to add your voice to protect the Great Bear Sea. #WorldOceansDay edit and narration by @lindsaymariestewart
Footage by @iantmcallister@tavishcampbell@andymaser@aprilbencze and more of the @pacificwild cinematography team.
1/2: Today is World Oceans Day. This global day of ocean celebration helps us to remember how important the oceans are for our own survival. The theme this year is “Our Oceans, Our Future”. Without the ocean, there is no life on this planet. In British Columbia, we are fortunate to count the Great Bear Sea among our marine ecological treasures. The biodiversity and productivity of the Great Bear Sea makes this place a unique home for Pacific herring, sea otters, killer whales, humpback whales, and over 2000 runs of wild Pacific salmon.
However, less than 1% of British Columbia’s marine environment is fully protected. Tankers, unsustainable fisheries, and climate change all threaten to destabilize this coastal ecosystem, economy, and way of life. For too many years, the Great Bear Sea has been a place for industry to simply exploit natural resources. Head to the link in our profile to subscribe and add your voice to protect the Great Bear Sea. #WorldOceansDay edit and narration by @lindsaymariestewart
Footage & animation by @iantmcallister@firstname.lastname@example.org@andymaser and more of the @pacificwild cinematography team.
Coming in an incredible array of colours from black to green and even crimson and vibrant orange, rockfish camo resembles the seafloor and rock faces where they often hang out. There are over 100 species of rockfish in the world, and the waters of B.C. host nearly 40 of these solitary and territorial “scorpionfishes”. However, these important predators are not reaching their full potential in terms of age and size. The establishment of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) on the Central Coast of B.C. is recommended for the protection of rockfish and other marine life in a new study by Dr. Alejandro Frid, Adjunct Assistant Professor at @universityofvictoria and Science Coordinator for the Central Coast Indigenous Resource Alliance. When fish can take refuge from commercial and sport fishing in MPAs, they grow bigger, reproduce more, and create a “spillover” effect to boost the number of fish outside the MPA. MPA success stories around the world have shown the benefits they offer to fisheries. Swim to the link in our profile to listen to the full radio interview about this new study and see how you can help. #rockfish#marineprotectedarea#marinelife#pnw#mpa#ocean#underwaterphotography#worldoceansweek#worldoceansday@hakaiinstitute@wcelaw@georgiastraitbc
Beds of sea pens can be found extending off the ocean floor like an underwater forest on both the west and east coast of Canada, creating essential habitat and refuge for many little critters. Swipe to watch the underwater video, shot by the @pacificwild team.
Sea pens are one of six species to be protected under the proposed Marine Protected Area (MPA) in the Laurentian Channel off the southwest coast of Newfoundland, a proposal that’s expected to be announced this month by Fisheries and Oceans Canada for public input. However, this MPA will still be open to oil and gas activity and shipping, except for a small area marked off to protect sea pens like these. Allowing destructive activity of this nature sets an incredibly poor precedent for future MPAs in Canada. “As the process moves forward (in the East), regulations/negotiations go up and protection level goes down,” said Linda Nowlan, an environmental lawyer at @wcelaw. “If you have an oil rig in Banff National Park, people are going to see it, and they are going to say, ‘Bah! This makes no sense!’” echoes geographer Rodolphe Devillers in @hakaiinstitute Magazine’s article, "Canada’s New Marine (Less) Protected (Than It Could Have Been) Area". Reduced boundaries and cutting corners to allow destructive industry like oil and gas ignores the very foundation that provides for coastal life.
“Let's not be shy about implementing no-take areas. They are really what works best when it comes to Marine Protected Areas. I believe that it's time for everyone to start seeing no-take marine areas not as fortresses that keep fish and other harvestable species locked up and away from fishermen, but as fish banks with very high interest rates. In fact, these no-take MPAs are leaky fish banks because the accumulated interest in the form of harvestable biomass spills out and enhances fisheries, if given enough time," said Professor Isabelle Côté, Marine Ecology, @simonfraseru in a presentation to the Standing Committee on Fisheries & Oceans, FOPO.
The biodiversity and productivity of the Great Bear Sea makes this place a unique home for seals, salmon, herring, sea otters, killer whales, humpback whales, and more. The sea and the rainforest intertwine and nourish each other - protecting just the land is not enough. Stay tuned as we work to ensure the long-term survival of biodiversity, and that includes all of the species that feed us. #worldenvironmentday#oceanfeedstherainforest
Photo by @iantmcallister#worldoceansday#worldoceansweek
Members of the Tlingit Nation, occupying the northern extent of the coastal rain forest in B.C., have been observing wolf-raven relations for so many thousands of years that it defines their own social organization. The Tlingit are divided mostly into two groups: Ravens and Wolves.
Intermarriage outside the clan traditionally was allowed with either Ravens or Wolves. But Ravens and Wolves were debarred from intermarriage within their own ranks. According to Tom McFeat, writing in Indians of the North Pacific Coast, "a Raven man must marry a Wolf woman, a Wolf man a Raven woman." The children of such pairs belong to the mother's phratry.
Although the raven is higher ranking than the wolf in the beliefs of the Tlingit, the services that these two animals provide each other is mirrored in Tlingit ceremonial structure. Within Tlingit society, only members of the Wolf clan conduct funeral ceremonies of the Raven, and at feast time only Wolves can serve and distribute property to Ravens.
The pairing of wolves and ravens are fascinating - their relationship has been described in a wide variety of stories and studies. Head to our website to purchase the book, "The Last Wild Wolves" for more... Photo by @iantmcallister #greatbearrainforest#greatbearwild#oceanfeedstherainforest#raven#wolf
The second t-shirt design in the #CoastRunWild campaign with @postmarkbrewing is out now! Help us ensure the long-term survival of grizzlies in British Columbia and advocate for the protection of threatened species and habitat in your own backyard.
Beach life in the #greatbearrainforest. Wolves like this one are just one of the BC residents celebrating the shift in power as the New Democrats and the Green Party announce that they will work together to stop @christyclarkbc and the #bcliberals earth destroying mega projects such as Kinder Morgan and Site C. More work to be done to ensure progress is made on the wildlife conservation front but after the last eight years this is not a bad place to be. @pacificwild#wolves#bcpoli
Provincial politics in B.C. is rarely dull but yesterdays recount puts it in the history books. All votes from the May 9 election were officially counted, with the Liberals holding a 43-41 minority edge over the NDP, leaving the three-seat Green Party holding the balance of power. Little in the way of policy will be decided until negotiations between the Greens and the other two parties are finalized. However, the province's first minority government in 65 years marks a crucial new beginning for wildlife management in British Columbia: there are a lot of important environmental and wildlife issues hanging on this election. For nearly two decades, the Liberals have steadily dismantled the few protective measures that wildlife benefited from while the environmental values and wishes of British Columbians were routinely ignored. The BC Liberals recent scheme to privatize wildlife management and hand over the responsibility to trophy hunters, trappers and guide outfitters is just one example how anti-environment the BC Liberals are. Now for the good news, all the millions of corporate dollars the BC Liberals raised did not guarantee them a majority government and now countless species, from whales to grizzly bears, may just have a voice in the legislature. Now the true environmental colors of the provincial NDP and Greens will become clear over the coming weeks as coalitions and the balance of power are negotiated. For those that voted for change thank you - it may just be on its way.
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Finding these two pawprints side by side is not unusual in the Great Bear Rainforest - one of the most biodiverse places on the planet. One set belongs to a genetically distinct sea wolf and the other to a coastal grizzly bear. These tracks are an example of the large predator-prey relationships that exist throughout the remote wilderness of the BC coast, home to over 200 species of birds and nearly 70 species of known mammals. Here, coastal wolves and grizzly bears fish for salmon or scour remote coastal beaches for beached meals – whales, sea lions and even squid. Today, on the 2017 International Day for Biological Diversity, a new footprint identification project from WildTrack was launched: “ConservationFIT". A global collaborative effort, it has been designed to use images of footprints taken by smartphones and drones to monitor and protect the earth’s most at-risk animals. More scientific study and observation is needed to protect the #GreatBearRainforest where wolves and bears face a long and growing list of threats. Please consider a monthly donation to our conservation efforts @ pacificwild.org (link in profile) every dollar helps.
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