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BearID

BearID detects a bear’s face in an image and classifies the individual. It’s facial recognition for bears!

Dr. Melanie Clapham, a postdoctoral researcher at University of Victoria working with Raincoast’s Applied Conservation Science lab has been exploring facial recognition technology …

A flock of white and black snow geese with yellow beaks captured in mid flight as they crpwd out the blue in the sky, above paler blue waters of the Fraser Estuary

Help stop Terminal 2 expansion

In the heart of the Fraser Estuary, the Port of Vancouver is proposing to double the size of the Deltaport shipping terminal at Roberts Bank, putting further stress on an estuary which has already lost over 80% of its natural …

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 …

Two orca whale bodies and their fins visible as they are more than half out of the blue ocean water, with some froth near their heads and a beautiful prism of rainbow colours arcing across the foreground

Show your love this Valentine’s day

Raincoast has a deep commitment to all the wildlife of BC’s Coast, including the Southern Resident killer whales.

We have been using science, legal action and public engagement to further recovery efforts for this critically endangered species. You can also …

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 …

A huge tree with red brown trunk and a green dome of leaves stands tall in the foreground in front of bright blue skies and a forested mountain. One person is seen swinging from a rope in the tree half way up, looking very small compared to the tall trunk.

Our old growth forests

B.C.’s old growth forests are critically important ecologically, economically and culturally – and are typically between 200 to 2,000 years in age.⠀

These ecosystems are in crisis as the last remaining areas of old growth are still being clearcut. If …

Two bears in water with wet hair face the camera

Raincoast’s applied research

Although the Raincoast lab is known for its work on grizzly, black, and Spirit bears, we also conduct applied research on other organisms.⠀

Our general rule of thumb is to work on plants, animals, or relationships in the natural world …

Bear hair sticking out from a wire with the palm of a researcher visible behind it for contrast

Bear hair as a research tool

Lauren Henson of the Raincoast Applied Conservation Science Lab at University of Victoria uses bear hair to research population structures of grizzly and black bears from the interior of B.C. to the coast. She just wrote an article about her …

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