Three white and grey coastal wolves on a wet sandy beach in front of a dense forest.

Sighting coastal wolves

Coastal wolves separated from their inland cousins thrive with the rich biodiversity that the ocean produces. Traveling throughout the Great Bear Rainforest aboard Raincoast Conservation research vessel Achiever I never know when I will catch a glimpse of these amazing …

A Pacific Yachting magazine with a cover photo of mist rising on the ocean and a green sailboat (Achiever) in the distance.

Haunted Vessels

She made the cover! Raincoast Conservation research vessel Achiever on the cover of this months Pacific Yachting. She is not a haunted ship of the Graveyard of the Pacific but does continue to ply coastal waters for Raincoast’s continuous efforts …

A white and green sailboat (the Achiever) on a grey ocean in torrential rail. The sky is grey and you can barely make out some land in the distance through the stormy weather.

Achiever through the rain

Raincoast Conservation Research vessel Achiever at anchor in the Great Bear. Over 130ml of rain fell over night causing multiple landslide all throughout the inside passage. Floating logs and debris were abundant and considered a hazard to navigation. Thanks to …

Two grizzly bears peek through tall green grass with a rocky beach and forest in the distance.

Amongst the grizzly bears

Sailing amongst Grizzly bears aboard Raincoast Conservation research vessel Achiever the province vows that this is the last fall hunt for these beautiful creatures. A settling feeling while anticipating to see this sow raise more cubs in the years to …

A boat with a white deck and green hull tied up at a dock with blue sea and sky in the background.

Achiever crew ready for summer

The crew getting Achiever ready for a summer survey. Matt up the mast checking systems and Joss supervising. These two were a huge help during a two week survey covering 1,200 nautical miles of BC’s beautiful central and north coast.…

A hawk takes off from a tree and soars against a blue sky.

Hawk sighting

Osprey departs from its perch to search for food. While taking a break from the rolling seas aboard Raincoast Conservation research vessel Achiever we watched this beautiful hawk soaring on steady wing beats searching the small bay for fish.…

A man with black sunglasses, a brown beard, and red cap and vest smiling onboard a sail boat with a blue sea and sky in the background.

Sailing at Cape Caution

My happy place. Sailing north around Cape Caution aboard Raincoast Conservation research vessel Achiever beautiful sunny skies and a nice westerly made for some good sailing.…

Looking along a white sail and out to sea and a blue sky with white, fluffy clouds.

Partnering with Qqs

Calm seas and smooth sailing aboard Raincoast Conservation research vessel Achiever heading around Cape Caution for the central coast to embark on a week long camp partnering with Qqs.…

A stunning view of green grass a blue lake and snowy mountains against a bright blue sky.

Stunning views from Achiever

Sometimes the best moments are the ones you weren’t after. A slow day up an estuary in the Great Bear Rainforest aboard Raincoast Conservation research vessel Achiever allows for admiration of the scenery.…

sun through the clouds, and Achiever on the horizon of ocean.

World Oceans Day

The work we do is inseparable from the ocean.

Whether we are researching grizzly bears, coastal wolves, marine mammals, herring, or other species, it is the inlets, passages and channels that allow us access to these wild places. It is …

A massive grizzly bear standing on a grassy overhang with evergreens behind him.

Grizzly on his perch

A large male grizzly propped up to have a look at its curious onlookers. Raincoast Conservation research vessel Achiever was exploring the Great Bear Rainforest this spring to find these beautiful animals. With this big guy around, all the other animals …

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 …

Still green water in the forefront with dense trees and mountainous landscape in the distance.

Exploring with Little Red

Exploring with Little Red, Raincoast Conservation research vessel Achiever small tender, we head up a river to see what’s around the bend. Venturing past tidal influence the smells and sights blend salt and sea with land and trees. It’s all …

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…

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