Just after midnight on March 22, 2006, the Canadian ferry "Queen of the North" —carrying 101 passengers—struck an underwater ledge off Gil Island. The impact tore open the ship's bottom and ripped out the propellers. In less than an hour, it sank to the bottom of Wright Sound in the North coast of British Columbia. Despite evacuation, two passengers, Shirley Rosette and Gerald Foisy, went missing and have never been found. The death toll would most likely have been higher if it were not for the heroic efforts of the local Gitga’at people that were on site within minutes of the may-day call. To this day, residents of #HartleyBay are unable to harvest #clams, #seaweed, and other marine life. This tragedy is a stark reminder that even the best technology, shipping standards, and training cannot avert human-caused disasters. Oil and LNG tankers should never be allowed to transit the inside waters of the #greatbearrainforest
The Great Bear Rainforest is the fabled region of towering trees and rare mammals that stretches up the Pacific coast from the top of Vancouver Island to southern Alaska. Today on #IntlForestDay, we are celebrating this forest for its world-renowned biodiversity. Yet, a number of mega-energy projects now threaten this coast like no other time in history, endangering the Great Bear’s traditional ways of life for humans and non-humans alike; this short video is only a glimpse into what is at stake if these projects proceed. We hope that for International Forest Day, this video is part of a larger purpose to protect one of the most magnificent ecosystems on the planet - the increasingly threatened Great Bear Rainforest - and gives you hope to continue caring enough to make a difference. Head to pacificwild.org for further information, to donate, sign pledges, write letters, and more. #InternationalForestDay#GreatBearRainforest
Home to primordial forests and black bears that are white, the Great Bear Rainforest is the only place on Earth where these rare “umbrella species” live. That is, only if a large enough habitat can be protected for the spirit bear, then other species sharing the same ecosystem will also be protected under this “umbrella”, such as salmon, wolves, deer, birds, and more. Black bears are fascinating creatures, but because they are relatively common across North America, they tend to get overlooked in terms of their role within ecosystem function, their intelligence, their distinct behaviour from other bear species, and their uncanny ability to adapt. Join us in celebrating #InternationalForestDay today by learning more about these important creatures and appreciating just how rare these spirit bears are. These umbrella species and their historic lands are in critical need of protection as their home has already been drastically diminished by logging.
As ecologist Mary Theberge says in this video, “We’ve evolved from places like this. If we eventually destroy them, we will be destroying the humanness of ourselves.” Please consider furthering our conservational efforts and donating @ pacificwild.org today, link upstairs #IntlForestDay#spiritbear#salmon#bears#greatbearrainforest#nature#bearcubs#bearsforever#stopthetrophyhunt@wildlifedefenceleague@hsiglobal
The spirit bear can only be found on the Pacific Coast and one in every 10 bears is white or cream-coloured. When these two cubs grow up, the white one will be protected and cannot be legally shot. But the black one may be shot and killed. In a few weeks time, B.C.'s spring bear hunt will be under way, putting both of these tiny cub’s future at risk. Why both? Despite one of them being “protected,” it is impossible for hunters to know if a black-coloured black bear has the recessive gene that could produce white offspring. Please head to pacificwild.org and help put a stop to the impending spring hunt which may permanently harm this iconic bear of Canada.
Photo by @iantmcallister#spiritbear#salmon#greatbearrainforest#bears#nature#bearcubs#bearsforever#stopthetrophyhunt
With respect to the Gitga'at Nation and their colleagues and partners who for many years have worked with dedication to better understand the world of whales in the Great Bear Sea, this latest study shines a bright light on one of Canada's greatest whale sanctuaries. A decade of visual surveys in the Kitimat fjord system has revealed humpback whales moving in a “wave” pattern. The return of these majestic whales to B.C.'s North Coast has allowed this never-before-seen pattern to be observed by the Gitga'at First Nation and North Coast Cetacean Society. They are also finding that some humpbacks are not leaving to warmer waters in the winter, making the importance twofold to keep these coastal waters a safe haven for these marine mammals and their calves. However, the proposed LNG Canada plant in Kitimat is still possible in the area, bringing with it increased tanker traffic and a threat to these whales and research.
Read more about the conducted study via pacificwild.org, link in header.
Many people are drawn to wolves because they are iconic emblems of 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. Ironically, the species once regarded as a threat to our survival is turning out to be a test of how likely we are to live sustainably in the natural world.
Link in header for WOLF ISLAND, a children's book on #seawolves, all proceeds bought through emailing "email@example.com" will help support #conservation efforts. #photography by @iantmcallister#greatbearrainforest#family#wolfpack#wild#natural#savebcwolves#nicholasread@orcabookpublishers
As the longer days of spring loosen into winter’s grip, the people of Bella Bella, Klemtu, Kitkalta, and other traditional herring-spawning territories on the north coast get focused on what locals call “herring weather.” The tides, bird and mammal life, and air and water temperature indicate much about when the herring spawn will begin. The month of March brings with it the miracle of the spawning season.
Photos by @iantmcallister#herring#greatbearsea#spawn
Today for International Women’s Day, @pacificwild is celebrating the women who make this organization’s work possible. Three quarters of our team at Pacific Wild are women and remain a clear reason we are helping make changes in our relationship with the natural world. From raising awareness to concrete action, the women of our world are at the forefront of bold pragmatic action and we encourage collaboration, public awareness and hope for a future of equality.
This is an excerpt from a CBC podcast today with Suzanne Veit of the Grizzly Bear Foundation on a report stating that the long term survival of grizzly bears in British Columbia is extremely threatened and in need of immediate change. Affected by the loss of habitat and food sources, as well as the government-sanctioned trophy hunt, the survival of B.C. grizzly bears has been at the fore-front of @pacificwild's campaigns for years. Even with widespread support, we have seen little change. We hope this report from their Board of Inquiry will bring light to the immediate necessity for change that is within our control, despite the constant battle with hunters and politicians in support of trophy hunting. “There is nothing wrong with hunting wildlife for food on a sustainable basis and, indeed, hunters have played an important role in conservation activities to maintain this opportunity, but it seems that the great majority of British Columbians will no longer countenance hunters shooting grizzly bears just to mount their heads or pelts on a trophy wall. As a society, I believe that we have grown beyond that”, commented Inquiry member Stuart McLaughlin. Full media release in the link upstairs ^^ full podcast on our Facebook page >> #bantrophyhunting#stopthetrophyhunt#bcpoli#cdnpoli#grizzlybears@cbcvancouver@grizzlybearfdn
To add salt to the wound in regards to our previous post about the recent fuel spill at a fish farm off the coast of Vancouver Island, new research has found bacterial and viral disease outbreaks in B.C. waters in the Discovery Islands, attracting massive sea lice infestations. This photo shows a wild Sockeye salmon in the #greatbearrainforest. Under Canadian law, it is illegal to transfer diseases or infected fish from holding pens or hatcheries into ocean waters - yet that's now a daily reality in B.C.'s farmed fish industry. As salmon farms invaded waters formerly occupied by their wild cousins, the “systems” invited bacterial and viral disease outbreaks and attracted massive sea lice infestations, while escaped fish introduced bred with wild salmon. First identified in Norway, HSMI - heart and skeletal muscle inflammation - is ranked as the number three killer of their farmed salmon, even described as “one of the most common infectious disease of farmed salmon in Norway.” As volume of farmed fish expanded, thanks to larger and deeper ocean cages, so did the biological impacts of overcrowding in Norway’s coastal waters. Now HSMI is here in British Columbia and the virus mostly likely associated with the disease is the subject of major lawsuit against the federal government.
More @ https://thetyee.ca/News/2017/03/04/Norwegian-Disease-BC-Fish-Farm/
Photo by @iantmcallister #bcpoli#fishfarm#salmon#hsmi
Emergency crews responded to a diesel spill near northern Vancouver Island early yesterday morning. A spill from a fuel tank at an Atlantic salmon farm has left a growing oil sheen on the coastal waters in Echo Bay, just east of Port Hardy. The company that owns the site, Cermaq Canada, issued a statement that said its records show that up to 1,500 litres was spilled. The effects of this will be seen on local communities, clam beds, and endangers wild salmon and sea mammals. Bob Chamberlin, elected chief councillor of Kwikwasat’inuxw Haxwa’mis First Nation, said video footage taken from a helicopter above the spill Sunday shows fuel has leaked well beyond the confines of the farm and that there will be a need for the First Nation and other groups to monitor how far the spill reached and evaluate how it affects the area.
Did you know that the Great Bear Sea will still be at risk from major spills under the proposed tanker ban legislation? The ban only covers traffic that stops at B.C. ports and carries over 12,500 tonnes of heavy oils. Tanker barge vessels transiting to Alaska, like the one that went aground near Bella Bella last October, carry four times the volume of the biggest shipments to northern B.C. communities and will still be permitted. Head to http://pacificwild.org/take-action/campaigns/stop-tankers-in-the-great-bear-sea for more information and to send a letter to elected representatives asking for a solution. (Link in header)
The theme for World Wildlife Day this year is “Listen to the Young Voices.” The young generation is only a portion of today’s population, but 100% of tomorrow's. Every single one of us has an impact on this world and we can choose to make a difference. Youth around the world understand this and have helped to shape campaigns, send letters, and educate those around them. Younger generations are also more likely to support policies which they have helped formulate and implement. Their voices are powerful and necessary to motivate others to reconsider the premise upon which our wildlife management is based and practiced. From bears to humpback whales, sea wolves to herring, squid, and nudibranchs; our environment is under siege and we are destroying this richness at an unprecedented rate.
For #WWD2017, we are sharing a written piece by Dr. Gosia Bryja, "The Fate of Animals Deserves Truthful Words” and this accompanying video of young animals in the #GreatBearSea and #GreatBearRainforest. Head to the link in bio or our website pacificwild.org to read the full piece.
The spectral, silver-hued herring season occupies a stanza of its own, caught in breathtaking azure-blue herring spawn filled waters. Herring are the “foundational” species for the B.C. coastal ecology. Nearly everything that breathes and lives in this wild Great Bear Sea and the surrounding rainforest, is charged by these oily fish. A post-winter food source for both marine and land animals, many depend on the fish and its eggs, including local people. But the Great Bear Sea is at risk from large shipments of petroleum products - 10,000 tonne tankers transiting the coast to Alaska, like the one that ran aground last October, spilling over 100,000 litres of diesel and heavy oils into the most productive herring spawning grounds of the BC north coast. The proposed tanker ban legislation only covers traffic that stops at B.C. ports and carries over 12,500 tonnes of heavy oils. Head to the link in our website to see whether marine plans and the soon to be legislated Pacific north coast oil #tankerban, will be enough to prevent #oilspills in the #GreatBearSea -- and what you can do to help.
Photo by @iantmcallister #stoptankers#NathanEStewart#heiltsukherring
All the stars are fish,
All the light that once seduced your eyes
sits in the bellies of these fish.
From your bed you watch them float
high above where the ceiling should be.
They glide below where your feet
every morning touch the floor.
The door to your room is a blur of fish.
If you could reach it, you’d leave it closed
for fear of what might enter. Orcas, wolf
eels, sharks, the net of a drifter dropped
into a dream. The herring all around you.
never touch, bump or falter;
one mind, merciless and lean,
pulls them forward, to the left, the right;
you, too, caught before you waken
in its slippery grip.
Early March builds anticipation for herring season - the annual spawning event is only a few weeks away. Head to pacificwild.org for more mesmerizing imagery and detail. (Poem from Voices From The Forest & The Sea: THE WILD IN YOU, by Lorna Crozier) #heiltsukherring#greatbearsea#oceanfeedstherainforest
Usually we post beautiful photos of grizzly bears to raise awareness and ask for help to #stopthetrophyhunt in BC. This is not one of them. We keep asking: Do our politicians hear us? Are they learning? No, they are not. This photo is the grisly truth.
Photo and caption by @iantmcallister, "While hiking near Nunavarchak in western Alaska a few years ago I came across the remains of this grizzly bear. It had been shot by a trophy hunter only 10 feet from the entrance to its winter den. A few weeks from now, throughout BC and Alaska, trophy hunters will take to the air to begin searching for active den sites. These dens are easily found from airplanes because bears wake up slowly, often coming and going from their den and unfortunately they leave tracks that are easily followed in the snow. Once located the pathetic hunters only have to wait for the sleepy bear to emerge before they kill it. The spring bear hunt is especially insidious because females are often killed with their cubs still inside the natal den. It is hard to find someone that actually supports killing animals for sport or trophy yet it is still legal and defended by state and provincial governments in Alaska and British Columbia." #timeforchange@bcliberals#stopthetrophyhunt#bantrophyhunting#bearsmatter#bearsforeverbc#cdnpoli#bcpoli#BC#explorebc
Wildfires. Drought. Flooding. Rising sea levels. Climate change is already reshaping and impacting BC communities in profound and frightening ways. As unchecked fossil fuel pollution continues to push global temperatures ever higher, we are frightened for our communities, for communities around the world, and for the world we leave our children. There is #nofilter needed on this sequence of photos in the #greatbearrainforest by @iantmcallister to showcase the beauty and natural colours that are vibrant and rich in life. But the growing impact of climate change on ecosystems like this one are affecting the timing of lifecycle events, such as pollination, reproduction, and bird migration. Rising temperatures may reduce their ability to improve water quality and regulate water flows. These impacts are still more challenging for vulnerable groups - the poor, Indigenous people, women and children - who are often unable to respond to unexpected weather or other climate impacts.
But there is hope. Head to our website PacificWild.org to see the letter @pacificwild and more than 50 BC community groups - from across the province and representing faith, human rights, environmental and other perspectives - sent to 190 municipalities and regional districts across the province. The @wcelaw letter asks our local governments to take action to hold the fossil fuel industry accountable for the climate costs that our communities are suffering.
We have seen an acknowledgement of the wishes of 90% of British Columbians who oppose the killing of grizzly bears by the @bcndp as part of its 2017 election platform. We have seen the @bcliberals continue to insist that the grizzly bear trophy hunt is sustainable despite kill limits regularly exceeded and that more than one third (1/3) of grizzly bears killed by trophy hunters are female.
If nothing changes, this Spring we may see female bears be shot due to mistaken identity, leaving their tiny 2-5 month old cubs to perish. This Spring
we may continue to see Canadians unaware of our nauseating international trophy export status (see previous photo).
This Spring, let's make this an election issue our politicians cannot ignore. Head to pacificwild.org to see how you can help - donate today, sign our petition, and contact decision makers directly.
Most Canadians believe it is time to end the practice of hunting animals for sport. Based on a recent poll conducted last week, 80% of all Canadians support enacting legislation that would ban trophy hunting in their province and 90% oppose hunting animals for sport. However, while there is a growing awareness and opposition to trophy hunting in the province of British Columbia, not many people know that Canada is actually the top country of origin for trophies brought into the U.S. and is one of the largest trophy exporters in the world.
A recent 2017 media release on a nationwide poll by Ban Trophy Hunting Ltd. states, "When asked which country they believe is the largest exporter of trophy animals in the world, 42% of Canadians mentioned African nations. Only 12% identified Canada as the largest exporter, including 15% of Canadians aged 18-to-34 and 18% of British Columbians".
Are you one of the Canadians that would be more likely to vote for a federal political party that vowed to make trophy hunting illegal in Canada?
2/2: "As I look through the viewfinder, my suit suddenly feels like it is being ripped open, or maybe as though a failed high-pressure hose is coming off my tank. I am engulfed in a wall of bubbles pushing me to the surface. I hold the camera tightly and swim through them to the side. The bubbles are coming from the whales deep below. I am being hit by a massive net of air designed to trap the mass of pilchards. I am staring into the open jaws of a group of whales—each one about the weight of five hundred people.”
Today in celebration and honour of #worldwhaleday, we are sharing an intimate experience with an ancient species and one of the largest animals ever to live on planet earth. This video is the second half from the @banffcentre’s Storytellers series featuring @Pacificwild’s Executive Director @Iantmcallister; "This Underwater Photoshoot Almost Ended in the Belly of a Whale.” Head to the link in our bio to see the full video and read about Ian’s underwater experience in the Great Bear Sea with this prehistoric leviathan. @ThomasPeschak@saveourseasfoundation@natgeo@sylviaearle@whaletalesorg@firstname.lastname@example.org@worlddaycalendar#cetacealab#humpback#whale#protectouroceans
1/2: In honour of #worldwhaleday, we are sharing an animated video by the @banffcentre and an underwater adventure written by @Pacificwild’s Executive Director @Iantmcallister. Like the oceans in which they live, surprisingly little is known about the lives of one of the planet's oldest and most fascinating creatures: the humpback whale. The famed underwater explorer @sylviaearle estimates that we have mapped only 5 percent of the world’s ocean environments; we know more about the solar system. @ThomasPeschak refers to the ocean—and our lack of understanding of it— as a mirror. We stare from above into the silvery waters and just see our reflections. It is an apt metaphor because the harm we are doing to the oceans ultimately harms our own species. Somehow we have to break through the surface sheen and understand, or at least respect, what this underwater world is about. This video is the first half from the @banffcentre’s Storytellers; "This Underwater Photoshoot Almost Ended in the Belly of a Whale.” Head to the link in our bio to see the full video and read about Ian’s experience with these awesome beasts in the Great Bear Sea.
Turning to drones for capturing stunning imagery and cinematography has become a hobby for some, a popular profession for others, and at times has morphed into a controversial issue - drones and wildlife do not always get along. However, over the past few years, new conservation techniques and the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have been used to offer unparralleled scientific insight and a tool to study the marine environment like never before. Drones have allowed scientists to track coastal erosion, map coral reefs and even give whales a breathalyzer.
Our visual assets, including cinematography and still imagery from land, sea and air, play a critical role in our conservation work here at @pacificwild - head to the link in our header to learn more about the latest news on how whale experts are using aerial imagery for research purposes. ------------------------
Ps. Turn that sound on to hear these killer whales communicate! The third clip featured is a unique aerial perspective which documents a family of transient killer whales teaching a newborn how to approach and hunt a Stellar's sea lion. Killer whales are very long-lived species and cannot risk losing an eye to the sharp claws of a sea lion... Therefore, the correct approach when hunting sea lions is a critical lesson learned early on. @natgeo@cbc@cbsnews@vanaqua@noaasanctuaries@noaa@smithsonianmagazine@smithsonian#whaleweek
A new technique is being put to the test aboard the @natgeo Explorer, as it cruises through the pack ice of the Antarctic Circle. The technique breathalyze’s whales by flying a drone through the cloud of mist they produce when they breathe, in turn presenting experts with data to see if the animals are growing and getting enough to eat. It has been in use in the Pacific for the last few years - @vanaqua killer whale experts teamed up with American researchers to monitor and record images of Northern Resident killer whales using an aerial drone in 2014. A recently published CBS article states, "It’s early in the program - researchers - are just building up a database of what comes out of a whale’s blowhole. But if a whale is unwell, the theory is you’d effectively be able to smell it on their breath.” Despite it being early in the program, articles published over the last few years by @smithsonianmagazine, @cbc, @cbsnews and more - do have a few things in common so far: signs of a changing climate and a decline of killer whale health. Whether two years ago in the Johnstone Strait channel along the north east coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada, or in the icy seas of the Antarctica in 2017 - these drones are giving biologists new insight into the health of killer whales, and it is not looking good. Head to the link in our bio for more information ^^^
Photo by @iantmcallister #noaa#greatbearrainforest#orca#killerwhale#whaleweek
This is a harbour seal, belonging to a group of mammals called Pinnipeds or “feather-foot,” and is one of the most commonly seen marine mammals in the Salish Sea. Between now and Earth Day on April 22nd, a collaboration of NGO’s with #SalishSea residents and neighbours, are pledging to protect this estuarine ecosystem by designating it as B.C.’s next @unesco World Heritage Site. The Salish Sea Trust non-profit organization has partnered with our friends at @sea_legacy co-founders and @NatGeo photojournalists @PaulNicklen and @CristinaMittermeier to rally public support for the application. 'The Salish Sea' as a name for the waters extending from the north end of the Strait of Georgia and Desolation Sound to the south end of the Puget Sound and west to the mouth of the Strait of Juan De Fuca, has been embraced by citizens on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border for years, including the alliance of Coast Salish Tribal and First Nations leaders. Laurie Gourlay, director and founder of the Salish Sea Trust, calls the Salish Sea the marine equivalent of the #greatbearrainforest and a living, breathing piece of our heritage. To help designate the Salish Sea as the next #UNESCO World Heritage Site, head to the link in our profile - www.wearethesalishsea.eco. Public has until April 22nd to submit feedback on this proposal.
Photo by @iantmcallister
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Humpback song is one of the most beautiful and haunting sounds on earth. It is not random: the songs are orchestrated in a disciplined fashion. But it remains mysterious and complex. Our own species’ love of music is perhaps one of the strongest bonds that we share with these ancient creatures. Acousticians, musicians, and many other scientists, have studied humpback whale song, and while the structure is better understood now, its meaning is not. The brightest minds and the most powerful computers have not yet broken the humpback whale code. But as Roger Payne says in his book Among Whales, “Whales have had their most advanced brain for almost 30 million years. Our species have existed for about one thousandth of that time.” It is going to take a lot more work, and respect for these animals, for us to truly hear them.
Photo sequence by @iantmcallister - Head to PacificWild.org to learn more about how we record, monitor, and study the acoustic seascape of the #greatbearrainforest through our Great Bear Sea Hydrophone Network. Please consider donating to further our efforts.
For millennia, we have had predator and prey interact with one another. The whole system coexists within itself; it is like a wonderful texture of interwoven threads. However, once you start breaking those threads, by eliminating species within that fabric, the whole system seems to disintegrate and come apart. That is what is happening within our oceans. It is what’s happening in our landscapes. It is why we need to have things that are whole and intact. -- Mary Theberge, Ecologist.
Head to the link in our bio to read more from these experts on wolves, as well as insight from @pacificwild's Executive Director @iantmcallister and recent published opinions from @wolf_awareness, @raincoastconservation and more. #stopthewolfcull#stopthewolfhunt#saveBCwolves
"It was the sea wolves that we especially wanted to see. We have spent many years studying wolves in various places and are familiar with their hunting habits for traditional hoofed prey in forests, grasslands and tundra. But wolves making a living much of the time on sea life? This was new to us, as it is to most wolf biologists. Ian promised us a viewing when dawn came the following morning. That is why we were moored in this particular cove".
Photo by @iantmcallister
Passage from “The Great Bear Rainforest – An Appreciation,” a blog post written for @pacificwild by Mary and John Theberge. The Theberge’s are the two ecologists we have been featuring in our recent videos in an attempt to #saveBCwolves in the interior of BC. The rest of this piece will be posted on our website this week... Stay tuned
Coastal evenings have been cool and frosty the past few days. The fresh snow continues to fall, illuminating the earth in a soft glow. Ancient bear trails stretch along the mainland from northern California to western Alaska and down the Russian Far East, broken only by the Bering Sea. The trails, worn deep by generations of grizzly bears, once stretched over 3,000 kilometres to the south of the Great Bear Rainforest, but today those old bear trails have long been dammed, logged, or buried under pavement, fields, and houses. Now the only wild coastal grizzly bear that can be found south of the Great Bear is flapping on the California state flag. This fact alone should be enough for humans to want to save these last ancient trees, but in spite of significant efforts to preserve them, they continue to fall at an unsustainable rate.
This coast represents a fascinating juxtaposition of ancient and new. The actual topography was physically shaped in relatively recent times, but the rich ocean and rainforest habitat has attracted, and continues to attract, species that have evolved since much more ancient times. This frosty modern-day grizzly bear is a great example of such as it emerges from the forest edge and ambles straight for fishing spots.
Photo by @iantmcallister
Two science advisors for the B.C. government have recommended that Premier Christy Clark’s administration expand its program to kill wolves, mountain lions, moose and deer in an experimental attempt to conserve and recover threatened southern mountain caribou. However, these advisors admit in the same report: “There are no humane methods to directly reduce wolf numbers, but aerial removal is the only method of killing enough wolves (and entire packs) to reduce wolf densities with no risk of by-catch.” Reports have shown that the province’s experts are not certain that slaughtering wolves will save the caribou – only ending habitat fragmentation and repairing the habitat can do that. Two of Canada’s senior wolf biologists, Dr. John and Mary Theberge, were disturbed when the B.C. government implemented a massive wolf control plan in 2015 with the low probability of recovering a few small, isolated, range-edge herds of mountain caribou.
The Theberge's ask, "Why has past wolf killing not worked?” Head to the link in our bio to read more from these experts, as well as insight from @pacificwild's Executive Director @iantmcallister and recent published opinions from @wolf_awareness, @raincoastconservation, and more. #stopthewolfcull#stopthewolfhunt#saveBCwolves
New: Review of proposed Pacific North Coast oil #tankerban: Will it hold water?
@wcelaw addresses the federal government’s proposal for Canada's oil tanker ban legislation and evaluates its strengths and weaknesses. "There are a number of points to applaud in the federal government’s oil tanker ban proposal. In particular, it would be legislated by an Act of Parliament, it would not have an expiry date, and it would prevent future massive crude oil supertanker proposals similar to the now-defunct Enbridge Northern Gateway. However, as currently proposed, the oil tanker ban would not prevent existing bulk petroleum product shipments in tank barges pushed by tugs such as the recently-sunken Nathan E. Stewart. Nor would it prohibit supertankers carrying refined oil products such as those proposed to be produced by the two oil refinery projects near Kitimat that have begun a federal environmental assessment." Link in header for more information on the proposed tanker ban.
Well, today is not Friday and neither is tomorrow… But sometimes a change of perspective is all it takes to see the light: your day could be going a lot worse. Photographer @iantmcallister recounts, “A few years ago I was observing a spring grizzly bear through my camera viewfinder when the bear suddenly buckled, screaming as it fell to the ground, the rifle shot still echoing through the mountains. My heart pounding furiously, I stood beside the bear moments later as it shook out its last breath. The bear had just woken from her winter sleep, and this is what greeted her."
In BC, it is not even illegal to kill a female grizzle bear, the second-slowest-reproducing land mammal in North America next to the polar bear. The grizzly bear trophy hunt is a perplexing and frustrating issue. The wilderness monarchs of North America continue to be hunted for sport or for a trophy on a wall, and even though public sentiment increasingly sides with bears, their future remains uncertain. Simply ending the trophy hunt is not without precedent or we would still be hunting sea lions, otters, whales, eagles, and countless other species once feared, hated, and killed indiscriminately - but now celebrated as icons of our natural heritage. We can help make it possible to #stopthetrophyhunt if we all use our voices in unity to create awareness and change before the May election.
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