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 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 #NationalAboriginalDay, 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 instead of changing the name of #NADCanada via Zoe S.C. Todd, PhD, Métis.
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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.
Photo by @iantmcallister#speakup#VoteBC #election2017#biodiversity#greatbearrainforest#beautifulbc#sealion#pacificwild#bcelxn17
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.
Photo by @iantmcallister#IBD2017#grizzlybear#wolf#biodiversity
Fin whales are the second-largest species of whale in the entire world, weighing between 80,000-160,000 pounds (40-80 tons) — even bigger than the world's largest dinosaurs. Increasingly, these gentle giants are making a return to the waters of the #greatbearsea and are frequently observed in the areas deep fjords and channels.
Sadly, human-caused disturbances have placed fin whales as “endangered" on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. Today on #EndangeredSpeciesDay, we ask that you help us continue to illuminate the devastating effects that human-caused disturbances have on our coastal species such as overfishing, climate change, whaling, acoustic pollution and habitat degradation. Please consider supporting pacificwild.org cetacean research as we continue to advocate for a system of marine protected areas on the B.C. coast. Link upstairs. #donate#beautifulbc#pacificwild#IUCN#endangeredspecies#finwhale#greatbearrainforest
The herring spawn is so important to the many residents of the B.C. coast that even this grizzly bear, a rare visitor to the herring spawning grounds, made the long journey across islands and fjords to feast on eggs. As grizzly bears emerge from their winter den, this highly nutritious and accessible food source is a reminder of how important the ocean is for countless terrestrial species. This bear will surely be a star in the upcoming Great Bear Rainforest IMAX film that is currently in production. Stay tuned for more dispatches as the @PacificWild team continues to document this cycle of life that gives so much to so many.
200 kilometres off the coast of the Great Bear Rainforest, this black-footed albatross visited the @pacificwild crew on an off-shore expedition. As you can see in this photo, their bills have bulky nasal passages, often using their sense of smell to find prey and navigate. Glands at the base of the bill filter salt out of the birds bloodstream, turning into a concentrated salt that drips back into the sea and has been dubbed the “tears of the albatross.” Also known as tubenoses, this magnificent seabird is noted for its powerful glide in flight, only coming to land to breed. But while the coastal waters of the Great Bear Rainforest are home to highly productive marine ecosystems, there is little ecological knowledge of the distribution and abundance of visiting marine birds like this one. In the published articled "A preliminary spatial assessment of risk: Marine birds and chronic oil pollution on Canada’s Pacific coast,” researchers state that chronic oil pollution is a serious issue in B.C. and **that more oil enters the global marine environment from low-level human activities than catastrophic oil spills**... Yet another reason to keep tankers off the B.C. coast.
A grizzly bear mother emerges from the forest at low tide to begin her daily clam dig, using an acute sense of smell to find them in wet sand. The mother constantly feeds so she can constantly produce milk for her triplet cubs. On this #MothersDay, we're honouring some of our favourite moms. You can too. Advocate for the protection of threatened species and habitat in honour of the moms in your life: pacificwild.org/support-us/donate. (link upstairs)
This month we saw the designation of a new Marine Protected Area (MPA) in B.C.: the ‘Sea of Glass’ sponge reef located in Hecate Strait and Queen Charlotte Sound. Starting today on May 12th, a team of scientists will be live streaming research to explore the reefs deep underwater in Hecate Strait (head to our Twitter page for the link). This reef may be the only large-form example left in the world still alive, and was thought to have died off 40 million years ago until fragile living reefs were discovered near Haida Gwaii in 1987. Over 80 feet high and covering 1000 square kilometres of ocean floor, the reef is now protected from bottom-contact fishing within 200 metres of the structure. There will also be a five year joint research project bringing together researchers from Canada, the EU and the United States to determine what, if any, commercial fishing will be permitted in the MPA. According to scientific estimates approximately 50% of the reef has already been destroyed by bottom trawlers and heavy gear. This photo by @iantmcallister highlights the colourful diversity of British Columbia’s underwater world, supporting approximately seven thousand known marine species, a number that could increase dramatically if we started looking seriously. For a country with the longest coastline in the world, Canada continues to be a global embarrassment when it comes to protecting it's jurisdictional waters and establishing MPA’s. To learn more about MPA's and to get involved, please sign our pledge, link in profile.
A baby resident killer whale spy-hops near Bella Bella in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest. Little does he know what awaits him as today is election day in B.C. "Wildlife management" decisions made by the provincial government have put B.C. wildlife at an enormous risk. This is a province with no endangered species law and little legislation to protect the ecosystem from LNG tankers, pipeline proposals, forestry, fish farming, culls and trophy hunting. We need to rebuild through action on climate change, habitat protection and restoration.
Where can this action come from? Young people. You. Who have more at stake in the outcome than any other group. Weak environmental regulations lead to weak moves like the province’s plan to slaughter wolves instead of curb habitat loss. The higher the acoustic pollution, the higher the death count for humpbacks, fin whales, and orcas. The clock is ticking for salmon, whales, bears and more. If the ecosystem of the Great Bear Rainforest is compromised, the impacts will be widespread. You have the power to create change. The bigger the salmon run, the bigger the trees grow. Please #vote today.
Head to our Facebook and Twitter page for more resources on where B.C.'s politicians stand for wildlife and their habitat. Link in profile for #student voting info.
Photo by @iantmcallister.
Did you know students who are from another province but have been living in B.C. for at least 6 months, are eligible to register & vote? Want to vote but not sure how you're going to vote yet? Your vote is needed to preserve grizzly bears, orcas, sea wolves, salmon, the white Spirit bear — a bear found nowhere else in the world — and more. Spirit bears like this one have an uncertain future ahead of them, endangered by plans for more logging and threatened by the government’s reluctance to accept science on the region’s declining ecological health.
Published today in @thetyee, "Where Great Bear Rainforest Protection Is a Lie", writer Andrew Nikiforuk describes how declining landscapes and battered watersheds lead to the destruction of salmon spawning areas - a critical food source for Spirit bears.
"Where are the government scientists and other forestry experts who used to represent the public interest? Their ranks have been severely cut."
Students and youth can be at the front-lines of the election this year. Vote to foster and build an inclusive and powerful movement, necessary to stop the #WarOnWildlife. Head to the link in our profile for FAQs for where and how students and youth can vote in BC. Tag people below to help others know what is at stake in this election.
Photo by @iantmcallister.
Have you checked out the new book, "Wolf Island"? Photographs by @iantmcallister and co-authored with Nicholas Read, this book just made it into the "15 best books of the week in B.C."! A children's book for ages 4-8, the story follows a family of coastal wolves living on an island in the #greatbearrainforest. Generations of sea wolves pass down behaviour and learn to feast on mussels, clams, herring eggs, whale and sea lion carcasses, and fish for salmon.
"The story is really told by the big, bright pictures—which glow with the rhythms and beauties of this remote habitat...Enthralling fare for budding naturalists." - Kirkus Reviews
Books bought through Pacific Wild goes to our wolf conservation efforts - link in profile or @ pacificwild.org/support-us
Today, in a strong united front, 24 non-profits, unions, filmmakers, and businesses, have called for an end to the trophy hunting of grizzly bears in BC. The practice of hunting large, iconic animals simply so that their body parts may be mounted on walls as trophies is widely condemned around the world. Permitting hunters to kill hundreds of B.C. grizzlies per year for this purpose is detrimental not only to the bears’ populations and welfare, but also to the international image that B.C. and the rest of Canada projects to the world.
In an open letter addressed, "To the Future Premier of British Columbia”, the signatories state that the Government of British Columbia must act in accordance with the wishes of the over 90 percent of B.C. residents who are opposed to the trophy hunting of grizzlies, and implement an immediate moratorium on the current spring bear hunt, and then commit to a short timeline to implement a permanent end to the hunt. These actions will show the world that the province’s policies are in accordance with B.C. and Canadian values that respect nature, and they will increase tourism revenue while eliminating wasteful trophy hunt management costs.
Head to the link in our profile or pacificwild.org to read the full letter.
200 kilometres off the coast of the Great Bear Rainforest these small prow fish are using a lion’s mane jellyfish as shelter from passing sharks and other predators.
A report released yesterday from @Oceana_Canada, part of @Oceana, reveals how poorly Canada is managing one of the biggest threats to our oceans: bycatch in commercial fisheries. The report, "Collateral damage: How to reduce bycatch in Canada's commercial fisheries", states that on the west coast the halibut industry alone discards 45% of the commercial catch, including endangered basking sharks. Calling on Fisheries and Oceans Canada to release a national plan to consistently monitor and report bycatch data at the national level, @Oceana_Canada are recommending counting everything caught in a fishery, capping bycatch amounts using science-based limits, reducing bycatch with more selective fishing gear, and protecting overfished populations and species at risk.
While sustainable management tools such as the trade-in bycatch quota in B.C’s ground fishery helps to reduce bycatch on the #Pacific coast, a series of well-managed MPAs where human activity is limited, including no-take zones where no seafood harvesting is permitted, would minimize overexploitation of the resources. Head to pacificwild.org to learn more about the steps you can take to help achieve biodiversity, fisheries, and food security objectives.
Photo by @iantmcallister.
Congratulations to Johanna Gordon-Walker, a teacher at the Bella Bella Community School, a @QqsProjects board member, and a collaborator on building the Supporting Emerging Aboriginal Stewards (SEAS) program. Today she has been awarded the Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Excellence! Today is also #worldpressfreedomday, and a reminder that independent, peer-reviewed science should simply be a tool that society uses to inform decisions, yet over the past decade there has been a concerted effort by government to discredit scientists and silence their ability to communicate their research to the public.
Both education and the free press play a critical role in ensuring the environment has a voice. “Paws up" to our teacher, journalist, photographer, film-maker, storyteller and science heroes for all you do - every day. Head to the link in our bio to learn more about @pacificwild’s involvement with the SEAS community initiative in the coastal community of Bella Bella, British Columbia.
Today is World Tuna Day. The importance of tuna mirrors the herring fishery in the Pacific coast of British Columbia and the critical role it plays in a healthy marine ecosystem. Most fisheries have modernized with monofilament lines and nets, hydraulic winches, digital sounders -- there are few, if any, places that fish can escape us and our efficient, technology-driven fisheries. But one fishery remains elegant and traditional -- the spawn-on-kelp, or SOK fishery. The traditional harvest and the methods coastal communities use is one of the last few fisheries that is almost identical to 10,000 years ago! Yes, canoes have been replaced with flat-bottomed, aluminum herring punts, but all other aspects of this traditional herring-spawn fishery have been carried out the exact same way for millennia.
Swipe for more and head to pacificwild.org to learn more about how local fishers harvest hemlock boughs on the Pacific coast and the importance of #sustainablefisheries.
As the spring flowers bloom on land, the bloom of mysids are seen in staggering numbers in the #greatbearsea. Also called opossum shrimp, they get their name from their habit of brooding in a special pouch or "marsupium" in females. Small and transparent, mysids resemble a crayfish and tend to be omnivorous, eating smaller planktonic organisms. In the waters of the Great Bear Sea, they are usually eaten by small fish or large shrimp. But on the California coast, they have also been the target of a few other hungry sea creatures, like marine leeches. There are only two species of ambitious leech who target the opossum shrimp and each come with tail suckers. Scientific American did a feature piece on these suckers that latch onto these shrimp-like crustaceans titled "Wonderful Things: Opossum Shrimp Leeches” and cite that "opossum shrimp leeches combine three concepts that do not seem to belong together into one awesome parasite -- a parasite that also happens to be one-quarter of the size of its host: In human terms, this would be a parasite the length of your lower leg. It’s definitely a drag for the opossum shrimp."
Photo by @iantmcallister #oceanfeedstherainforest#shrimp#leech#parasite#creepy#hungry#underwaterphotography#marine
This morning, @pacificwild teamed up with @lushcosmetics and @hsiglobal to deliver more than 75,000 names from across the globe calling on the government of British Columbia to ban the trophy hunting of grizzly bears.
Because of - YOU - we just delivered the names to the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations in 30 cube boxes containing 21,000 postcards collected in Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics shops since November 2016, and more than 350 pages of names added to online petitions hosted by Humane Society International/Canada and Pacific Wild. THANK YOU.
Haven't signed yet? Want your friends to be part of the #trophyfreebc movement? Sign and share the petition now - head to the link in our profile for the full press release and to sign the petition! #banthetrophyhunt#stopthetrophyhunt
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Each year, trophy hunters kill over six thousand grizzly bears on international hunts for their heads, paws and coats. Those that support this slaughter claim it's necessary to maintain balance in nature and provide economic advantages, yet conservationists and activists say otherwise. This video by @lushcosmetics challenges this controversial practice and is a glimpse into the film “Trophy." TONIGHT, join @pacificwild@hsiglobal@raincoastconservation@wildlifedefenceleague@davidsuzukifdn and more,
for a screening of @trophyfilm at The Vic Theatre in Victoria, B.C. Diving deep into the controversy that exists within United States and Canada, Trophy asks: can we truly justify killing these animals for sport?
Last week, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society @cpaws_national filed a lawsuit against the federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna for allegedly failing in her responsibility to monitor the protection of the endangered boreal woodland caribou. Earlier this year, a BC government document revealed plans for a 2017 wolf cull expansion in a misguided attempt to save the endangered caribou. But eradicating wolves will not change industries responsibility and the governments complicity in the loss of species. To avoid such conservation dilemmas, the BC government must adequately protect the habitat of at-risk species in the first place. The habitat of the boreal woodland caribou was identified and publicly reported in October 2012, nearly a decade after the animals were declared to be threatened with extinction. “Much of the habitat is on non-federal lands. Though we know that much of the boreal caribou critical habitat remains unprotected more than 4 years later, there have been no reports describing what is being done to address any protection gaps,” said Alain Branchaud in a media release, the Executive Director of CPAWS Quebec. Head to our website pacificwild.org to learn more about the #waronwildlife today. #savebcwolves by @iantmcallister
Education is the foundation for environmental conservation and is the theme of Earth Day 2017’s campaign. Why have we chosen to focus on the foundational species of the Great Bear Rainforest? It’s simple, there is perhaps no other species that play such a critical role in the health and survival of so many other species. Like the foundation of your house, herring is a foundation species on which the entire Great Bear Rainforest is built. Right now, the sounds of chatting, chirping, and low rattling and rasping fill the air of the #greatbearrainforest, as herring eggs are devoured by shorebirds such as black turnstones, spotted sandpipers, dowitchers, surfbirds. Then the next major event unfolds as surf scoters come inshore to dive for the eggs - a flash of black feathers, orange feet, and bills. A pack of wolves appear from the rainforest edge. They move to the shoreline and with heads down quickly begin to gorge on the herring eggs. Their intensity is born from a long winter in which food is harder to come by. Black bears emerge from their winter dens and migrate to the herring grounds to feast on eggs. The shoreline has completely transformed. Head to our website today (link in profile) to help protect what we know and love. Use today’s #EarthDay to learn about something new, to share a new world with others, and to donate to our efforts as we help protect this globally significant wildlife spectacle.
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