Joseph Weinerman gives Chris Genovali a cheque from proceeds of the Forestation game.

Forestation, an environmental board game helping humans understand conservation

Asher Weinerman and CLJ Games have created a board game, inspired by the desire to save species from extinction. It’s based on the complex human and nonhuman animal relationships to the forest. It’s called Forestation, and proceeds from the sales will be supporting Raincoast Conservation Foundation initiatives. The game has incredible artwork by Mark Hobson, …

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We found that when black bears have access to four salmon species, they consume ~3x more salmon each year (Figure A)... than they do when there is one big run of equal biomass comprised of only one salmon species (Figure B).

Bear-salmon interactions: species diversity matters (infographic)

Managing salmon for wildlife typically focuses on providing enough biomass, a measurement of the total kilograms of spawning salmon available. We asked whether biomass-and the number of salmon species-might affect salmon consumption by black bears in coastal BC, a measure that strongly relates to population productivity and health. Biomass actually did not matter to salmon …

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A person is holding up a clear container with "Raincoast Constervation on the label." The container has two very small silver fish inside it. In the background is a blue sky and a blue body of water.

Dozens of Chum

Caught our first juvenile salmon of the season this weekend! We found dozens of these little chum salmon fry in the North Arm of the Lower Fraser River yesterday, the first juvenile salmon of the season to migrate downstream into the estuary where they likely spend a few days or weeks before moving on to …

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Looking up through green blades of grass, which are in the water, at a woman in an orange vest holding a line out into the water and looking at a device in her hand. The sky is blue and cloudy.

International Women’s Day

From the original Raincoast scientist – Misty MacDuffy – to the majority of our lab team @universityofvictoria and board members – Maureen Gordon and JJ Woodland – women continue to play a leading role in every aspect of our work. Science and conservation certainly have room for more gender balance.

The blue ocean with an orca. The orca's dorsal fin and head are just visible above the water.

National Energy Board Approval of Trans Mountain Proposal

Today’s recommendation by the National Energy Board for approval of the Trans Mountain tanker and pipeline proposal was no surprise. Unfortunately no mitigation measures can protect the Southern Residents from the noise of the increased tanker traffic. The Canadian government have already bought the pipeline. If the cost also includes the extinction of the Southern …

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Pacific white-sided dolphins swim alongside a killer whale, as seen from the air.

Pacific white-sided dolphins hanging around with resident killer whales

We all need friends.  If you’re a Pacific white-sided dolphin that might include your resident buddies. Scientists with Ocean Wise have documented the dolphins hanging around resident (and fish eating) killer whales. Expert Lance Barrett-Lennard suggests they might be enjoying the fact that residents don’t mix with (mammal eating) transients, so they may benefit from their protective …

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Achiever rests in a little bay, as seen from the air.

Ever wondered what it’s like in the Great Bear Rainforest?

Ever wondered what’s it’s like in the Great Bear Rainforest? Each spring and fall we visit commercial hunting tenures that we have now acquired with Coastal First Nations. The territories of our partners are also home to Spirit bears, black bears, grizzly bears and coastal wolves. These are the Coastal Carnivores we work to protect from commercial trophy …

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