Great Bear Blog

Mountain Maintenance

BlogJul 21, 2014April Bencze

The boat engine roars to life as Diana and I untie from the dock this misty morning. Clay the dog is curled up in the only wind-free spot on the boat as we make the short passage to Bella Bella from Denny Island. Leandrea, a Pacific Wild intern, ... Read More

Spring in the Rainforest

BlogJul 7, 2014April Bencze

It is difficult to understand a place you have never been before. Pacific Wild introduced me to the ecosystems thriving in the Great Bear Rainforest on British Columbia’s wild coast long before I came here. They have unveiled the behaviours and ... Read More

Lament for Herring

BlogApr 1, 2014Ian McAllister

The first herring spawn began today in the Great Bear Rainforest. A keystone ritual that has provided a foundation of life, so revered over the last ten thousand years that the Heiltsuk new year is marked by the miracle of the herring spawn. Like a ... Read More

From D.C. to B.C.

BlogOct 17, 2013Loren Clark-Moe

My name is Loren and I first met Ian and Karen McAllister, the founders of Pacific Wild, in September and absolutely fell in love with the Great Bear Rainforest and the work Pacific Wild is doing to protect it. But one visit up here is never long ... Read More

The Great Bear Rainforest - Taking the Inside - OUT!

BlogJul 31, 2013Colette Heneghan

Spring, Summer and Autumn are busy, exciting and often hectic times for ‘happenings’ not only in the field, but also further afield from our base in the Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia. While my colleagues install hydrophones and field ... Read More

Gearing up for the Summer

BlogJun 25, 2013Diana Chan

The beauty and eeriness of the other-worldly symphony stop everyone in their tracks as the sounds of various pods from A and G clans fill the float lab. The increasingly familiar orca whistles and squeals are building a following as more people ... Read More

Hydrophone Scouting in the Great Bear

BlogMar 21, 2013Guest Blogger

by Claire Hume, Pacific Wild intern With herring season upon us, a small group of us here at Pacific Wild took advantage of a break in the weather and took a trip along the outside of the Great Bear. Our mission was to identify new locations on the ... Read More

Lost World, Below the Great Bear

BlogDec 31, 2012Ian McAllister

Just before the holidays, as the northern Enbridge hearings were coming to a close for the year, I managed to untie our frozen dock lines to head out for a few days assisting with some routine hydrophone maintenance while searching out some new ... Read More

King Island Hydrophone Installation

BlogSep 20, 2012Max Bakken

Two Fridays ago we set up the fourth hydrophone in the Central Coast Hydrophone Network. This new station will allow us to begin monitoring the acoustics of Fitz Hugh Sound, an area known for its abundance of humpback and killer whales. Hydrophone ... Read More

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