Great Bear Blog

DISPATCH: Gateway to the Great Bear Sea

BlogAug 28, 2015Ian McAllister

British Columbia’s offshore world is as real as the mountains we climb and the rivers we swim in, but not nearly as familiar. A team of Pacific Wild documentarians and conservationists set out on an expedition to help generate a more complete ... Read More

YOU ASKED: What happens to an entangled humpback? What can I do about it?

BlogAug 25, 2015Guest Blogger

While the threat of entanglement is far from new, it has been a particularly bad summer, with six documented entanglements in the last month alone. Continuing at this rate, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) estimates 2015 will set a new record for ... Read More

DISPATCH: A sober take on whales in the Great Bear Sea

BlogAug 21, 2015Diana Chan

On Sunday, August 9, I received a call from Phil Charles, lead guide at Spirit Bear Lodge and SEAS Program Summer Coordinator for Klemtu. He told me the Kitasoo/Xai’Xais Guardians had found a dead humpback whale floating in the channel just outside ... Read More

DISPATCH: Whale Haven

BlogAug 12, 2015Ian McAllister

This compilation of stunning aerial footage documents unique behaviours of some of the fin, humpback, and killer whales that call the Great Bear Sea home. For more on our related research and education activities, read on. (Best viewed in fullscreen ... Read More

UPDATE: Financially-challenged Yellow Giant Gold mine unlikely to ever open again

BlogAug 11, 2015Pacific Wild

Public outcry, fuelled by a pending law suit, dedicated journalism and NGO coordination across the country, aligned to bring a local mining company to its knees this week after it spilled toxic waste into a highly productive wild salmon system on ... Read More

BEHIND THE SCENES: What to expect this summer on Great Bear LIVE…

BlogAug 3, 2015Guest Blogger

Great Bear LIVE is a collaboration between Pacific Wild Alliance and the Great Bear Education and Research Project (GBEAR). To learn more about GBEAR, please visit the . Waves are lapping the rocks, home to a colony of (very ... Read More

BEHIND THE SCENES: The Making of a Website

BlogAug 3, 2015Loren Clark-Moe

Last December, I was asked to lead the effort to launch Pacific Wild's new website. I will be honest: I didn't think it would be very hard. I set my goal for the end of March. Clearly I didn’t appreciate what I had signed on to. This project kept me ... Read More

Arne Loth, Pacific Wild intern, aboard S.V. Habitat in the Great Bear Rainforest.

Great Bear LIVE – advancing conservation research and education

BlogJul 25, 2015Guest Blogger

Breaking through a cover of mist and clouds, the small plane starts its descent into Bella Bella, revealing for the first time a sight almost too beautiful for words. Seemingly endless stretches of unspoiled forest extend along the waters of the ... Read More

EVENT RECAP: A celebration of herring

BlogJun 30, 2015Colette Heneghan

The herring spawn is one of the greatest natural history events on planet Earth. It is so revered by the Heiltsuk First Nation of Bella Bella, B.C. that the new year is marked by the miracle of the herring spawn in ancient and contemporary ... Read More

On Bear Hunting at Eucott Hot Spring

BlogJun 12, 2015Krista Roessingh

My family and I recently sailed up to Eucott Bay , a popular hot spring halfway between Bella Coola and Bella Bella B.C., near to where we live. Shortly after we arrived, a party of camouflaged people set out from their anchored boat for the shore ... Read More