Alex Harris

Raincoast scientist in grey t shirt and off white cargo pants stands on a bank of grass by the Fraser River estuary holding onto a blue net with orange balls spaced out on top, tied to a tall pole under blue skies.

Year five in the Fraser River Estuary

Despite the challenges of COVID-19, our research and restoration efforts in the Fraser River Estuary continued through 2020.

Now in year five, this work is helping us understand how the estuary supports millions of juvenile salmon in its different habitats …

A small brown bird with a sharp black beak sits among the branches in a forest on Pender Island

Today is Giving Tuesday

Today is ‘Giving Tuesday’ – a global generosity movement celebrating the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world.

One week into the fundraising campaign for the S,DÁYES Flycatcher Forest, we have collectively raised over $62,000 …

Stop Terminal 2 expansion

Raincoast wants to stop Terminal 2 and protect migratory birds. The Port of Vancouver’s proposed Terminal 2 expansion would double the size of its shipping terminal. If approved, this project would permanently alter the flow of water across intertidal habitat …

Achiever, sailboat research vessel is seen with white sail unfurled in blue water under bright blue skies, with a youth in winter gear visible partially in the foreground.

Youth education during COVID

While youth education looks different during COVID, our Salish Sea Emerging Stewards program was still able to work with W̱SÁNEĆ youth aboard our research vessel Achiever earlier this month.

With community members guiding learning, we toured the territories of WSANEC …

A scientist in a checked shirt and pale pink hat, carrying a backpack looks up at the trees inside the forest with a measuring device.

Gulf Islands Forest Project

Raincoast’s Gulf Islands Forest Project is focused on addressing biodiversity loss, climate change and other human caused impacts on Coastal Douglas-fir (CDF) habitats.

Unique to the south coast of British Columbia, CDF ecosystems are characterized by Coastal Douglas-fir trees as …

Beautiful brown grizzly bear sleeping with its chin down in the Great Bear Rainforest

Protecting the Kitlope

We are working to protect British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest from commercial trophy hunting.

We do this by purchasing the hunting rights and then effectively extinguishing trophy hunting of coastal carnivores.

We have already purchased hunting rights in 33,500 square …

Reject Terminal 2 expansion

We are working to protect the Fraser Estuary from the Terminal 2 Expansion.

The Port of Vancouver is proposing to almost double the size of their existing terminal, Deltaport Terminal, in the Fraser Estuary.

As a nursery and feeding ground, …

tall trees rising into the blue sky with their tops creating a canopy in the forest

Gulf Islands Forest Project

We launched the Gulf Islands Forest Project to characterize forest health, identify measures to protect forest habitat and promote ecosystem resilience at a time of rapid climate change.

By most standards, the Coastal Douglas Fir biogeoclimactic (CDF) zone is the …

A researcher's two hands hold up a plastic bag with salmon in the foreground, while behind marsh, water, and blue sky stretches out.

Ambitious habitat restoration project

In March of 2019, we began phase one of an ambitious habitat restoration project in the Fraser River Estuary. ⠀

We created three 50m breaches in the Steveston Jetty to allow juvenile salmon access to marshy habitat. ⠀

To sample …

Humpback whale breaching out of the water, with an island covered with trees as backdrop in the blue green grey ocean


Humpback whale.

Grizzly bear looks to the right from one corner of the frame in the Great Bear rainforest

On hope

Hope is a state of mind, not of the world.

It is an orientation of the spirit and orientation of the heart;

it transcends the world that is immediately experienced and is anchored somewhere beyond its horizons.

Hope, in this

Two men sit on rocks by the water in deep discussion

Stories from the Magic Canoe

Wa’xaid, Cecil Paul, was the last person born in the Kitlope and is chief of the killer whale clan of the Xenaksiala. Under his leadership, protection of the Kitlope set the stage for what would become the Great Bear Rainforest …

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