Camping in Wuikinuxv Territory

The sound of laughter comes in through forest, mixed with the smell of barbequing fish. It is a warm June evening. I look up from my gaze to the fire to all the kids running around, and cannot imagine feeling luckier to work (and play) in such a beautiful place. For five years now, the […]

Lunch in the Field

Nearing the end of a long day in the field, we decide to stop for a late lunch. Shelby, one of the extraordinary field interns from Bella Bella, suggests we stop by a nearby beach with a rope-swing attached to a tree: a perfect spot for a quick swim as well. We anchor our mighty […]

Biocultural Stewardship

A large plank of cedar lumber was chiselled and pried from this culturally modified tree in Heiltsuk Territory. The Great Bear Rainforest supports so much more than the much beloved mega fauna of its namesake. These rainforests have also been home to Coastal First Nations people for over 14,000 years. In some cases the forests […]

Wildlife Welfare

Adult grizzly approaches non-invasive hair snag station, leaving us his or her DNA February 14th, 2018 A key value upheld by our lab is employing non-invasive methods of studying wildlife to reduce potential harm to research animals. This ‘wildlife welfare’ ethic is evident during our multiyear bear monitoring research. In collaboration with our Central Coast […]

Getting Acquainted with Bear Hair

By Chloe Elizabeth-Wood 8/1/18 – 15/1/18 Getting Acquainted with Bear Hair Last Monday I started at the Applied Conservation Lab at the University of Victoria. The labs are made up of a multidisciplinary team within the geography department with a focus working around the Great Bear Rainforest. The lab frequently partners with First Nations in […]

Members of the ACS Lab bear grins with #grizzlybars…

In the midst of prepping bear hair samples for stable isotope analysis, we figured it was time for a little #grizzlybar chocolate break! Before July 1st, find out how your #grizzlybar can win you a journey of a life time aboard the Achiever, the Raincoast Conservation Foundation research vessel. Proceeds will go toward Raincoast’s purchase […]

With field season upon us, the herring spawn has finally arrived in Heiltsuk Territory…

There’s an excitement in the air this time of year. We’re weeks away from the start of our annual bear monitoring work  – up and down the coast we’re preparing boats, de-winterizing field stations, and in Victoria a small army of Raincoasters is madly purchasing and assembling the mountains of gear needed for our coming […]

ACS postdoc Andrew Bateman brings us up to speed on his work on population dynamics of northern resident killer whales

“A primary aim of ecology is to understand how changes in animal populations reflect individual-level patterns of behaviour, survival, and reproduction.  For highly social species, interactions within tight-knit groups can have strong effects on these patterns.  I study social-group influences on population change in threatened northern resident killer whales (Orcinus orca) in coastal BC.  Making […]