Three porpoises jump out of the ocean in the black and white photo.

World Oceans Day 2017

Happy World Oceans Day. Too much comes to mind with what plagues our oceans today. Over fishing, acidification, pollution, entanglements and disease to name a few. I feel extremely fortunate to ply the coastal waters of BC and see what …

A snowy mountain against a blue sky tinted orange in the sunset.

Up a Coastal fjord on Achiever

Alpine glow on a clear spring night. Deep up a Coastal fjord Raincoast Conservation research vessel Achiever at anchor with a brilliant looming snowy peak as a view. That long winter is paying dividends from the previous trends of years …

A black bear slightly right of centre stands amid tall grass with evergreens to the left and in the misty distance.

Grazing Bears

Early morning estuary visits when we were sailing the Great Bear Rainforest aboard Raincoast Conservation research vessel Achiever this spring we were graced by lush estuaries and lots of bears grazing the new growth. With BC’s spring hunt coming to …

A dead Northern Anchovy (small, silver fish) laid on a turquoise background.

Misplaced Northern Anchovy

Northern Anchovy found in the Great Bear Rainforest up one of the deep fjords in Lard Creek. These fish are predominantly pelagic so what was it doing up a fresh water creek at the head of an inlet? Any suggestions? …

A Pacific White-sided Dolphin swimming along on the right beside a red rubber boat.

Visit from a Pacific White-sided Dolphin

Raincoast Conservation research vessel Achiever tender Little Red getting some bow riding action from a Pacific White-sided Dolphin. We had a large spread out group of these animals coming and going for over an hour. These extremely acrobatic cetaceans shared …

Humpback whale tail standing out of the water with a driftwood covered beach and forest in the background.

Humpbacks in the fjords

Circumnavigating one of the thousands of islands in the Great Bear Rainforest aboard Raincoast Conservation research vessel Achiever humpback whales are already deep in the fjords. BC’s humpback populations are doing well, but are still susceptible to entanglements and vessel …

The sun cuts through grey clouds to touch the water where a sail boat sits in the distance.

Achiever in the light

Morning light shinning down on Raincoast Conservation research vessel Achiever at anchor. The long summer days mean early starts to catch the light, and the wildlife…

A large grizzly bear stands on a grassy outcrop with forest behind him.

Evening estuary visitors

An evening visit into the estuary this beauty was happy the river was between us. Raincoast Conservation research vessel Achiever has been exploring the Great Bear this spring to find these wonderful creatures.…

The green hull of a sail boat is on the left and a porpoise swims along side on the right.

Follow the porpoise

Dall’s porpoise leading Raincoast Conservation research vessel Achiever down one of BC’s many coastal fjords. These extremely fast and erratic swimmers are endemic to the cooler waters of the North Pacific. This group stayed with the boat for close to …

A grizzly bear stands at the grassy base of a steep rock face.

Spring in the Great Bear Rainforest

Travelling through the many coastal fjords aboard Raincoast Conservation research vessel Achiever a small grizzly is spotted soaking up the sun and grazing over sedge grass. Rivers and estuaries in the Great Bear Rainforest were full of life as the …

A waterfall tumbles down the centre of a mountain side with a forest of evergreens on either side.

Spring melt

Slicing through the Great Bear aboard Raincoast Conservation research vessel Achiever the spring melt is showing. It has been wonderful to see snow capped peaks this year swelling creeks and rivers of the central coast.…

An eagle (in front) and two ravens (behind) dig into some meat on a wooden dock.

Meal time

Waiting for guests at the dock it was feast time for raven and eagle. Raincoast Conservation research vessel Achiever departing on a nine day trip throughout the heart of the Great Bear.…

Onboard a sailboat with a white deck looking out on a grey ocean and a bright but cloudy sky.

Starting the season

Raincoast Conservation research vessel Achiever heading north for her first trip of the season. It’s spring on the central coast with thick dew in the morning and beautiful skylines. Heading out to explore the many rivers and estuaries in the …

A sailboat on calm water with text over top saying "win a trip to the great bear rainforest. Eat chocolate save bears."

Chocolate & bears

Eat some chocolate and save bears it’s win win win. The third win is a trip aboard Raincoast Conservation research vessel Achiever. Partnering with Coastal First Nations, it’s time to end the hunt…

A grizzly bear standing on a rock with rocky ground and then a forest behind it.

Spring bears

Spring is in the air and these beautiful creatures are making their way down to the estuaries in search of sedges and roots to cleanse their appetite. Excited to head back up to the Great Bear Rainforest to view and …

Looking down at the white deck of a sailboat with someone in a broad brimmed hat at the wheel.

Sailing to our youth camps

Sailing the Salish Sea aboard Raincoast Conservation research vessel Achiever. Crew member Andrew at the wheel as we cross the strait over to Vancouver for a second week of youth camps.…

A grizzly bear looking at the camera from behind tall green grass with its mouth slightly agape.

Stop the hunt

Traveling through the Great Bear Rainforest aboard Raincoast Conservation research vessel Achiever it’s amazing to view these bears year after year. The fall hunt has once again opened aimed at taking these trophies out of their natural habitat. Time to …

A Pacific White-sided dolphin swims tuning its belly towards the top of the water.

Curious spectators

Aboard Raincoast Conservation research vessel Achiever Pacific White-sided Dolphin had a long look at its curious spectators. These dolphins are one of the most abundant marine mammals of the North Pacific. We watched a large school across the horizon come …

A blackboard the lists 57 species in white chalk.

57 species, two weeks

Raincoast Conservation research vessel Achiever returning from a charter out on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. 57 species observed over the past two weeks. Amazing to see the biodiversity of these waters. …

Three photos of the inside of a sailboat with one person working with buckets and a mask.

Shipyard life with Achiever

Possibly the dirtiest job done on Raincoast Conservation research vessel Achiever while on her 10 year refit. Sandblasters prepped the bow and transom areas for paint. Lovin’ the shipyard life.…

Back together again

Some finishing touches on the metal work is underway aboard Raincoast Conservation research vessel Achiever. We’ve been prepping the hull for paint and ready for sandblasters early next week. Each day getting closer to putting her back together. …

Inside the white and rusty bow of a sailboat mid-repairs.

New bow for Achiever

Raincoast Conservations research vessel Achiever is in full swing of its refit — new bow sections in place. Work continues on her transom. Getting some help from the guys at Commodore’s Boats.…

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