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

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Photo Credit: Eva Stredulinsky

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

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Heiltsuk Nation releases report on the sinking of the Nathan E Stewart

The Heiltsuk Nation has released a report detailing shortcomings in the lead-up and immediate aftermath of the October 2016 sinking of the petroleum tug-barge tanker Nathan E. Stewart just outside Qvúqvái, one of the richest ecological and cultural treasures in Wax’wuisaxv-s Haiɫzaqv (Territory of the Heiltsuk First Nation). The report describes the failed emergency response,

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Our ACS lab technicians prepare samples for stable isotope analysis

Lab volunteer Danielle Buckle (left) carefully grinds and packages invertebrate samples for stable isotope analysis. This information will eventually be used to construct food web models for coastal mice to see what the major components of their diets are. Meanwhile, Brittany Buirs (right) preps samples for stable isotope analysis by cutting bear hair into fine

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Ideafest presents Ecology of a Changing Coast

Tonight! Ideafest presents Ecology of a Changing Coast with Dr. Brian Starzomski, Dr. Natalie Ban and Dr. Chris Darimont.  

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Women in Science UVic interviews our PhD candidate Megan Adams

UVic Women in Science presents an interview series highlighting women in the scientific community on Vancouver Island. Here, we target women who are brainy, creative, and passionate. Megan Adams is a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography at UVic who is incredibly passionate about her research,  focused on understanding the bear-salmon-human system in temperature

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Year-round collaboration with our Central Coast First Nation partners sometimes finds us in a frosty Great Bear Rainforest

“Our work in Wuikinuxv territory (Rivers Inlet) generally finds us there in the spring months, where we collaborate with the Guardian Watchmen to monitor coastal black and grizzly bears as they emerge from hibernation. While we have come to know and love springtime there, last week we had the pleasure of being in Wuikinuxv village

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Congratulations, Conservation Scientist Dr. Aerin Jacob!

We are delighted to congratulate and applaud our former postdoc and dear friend, Dr. Aerin Jacob, on her new position as Conservation Scientist with the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative. Her mentorship to our emerging scientists, meaningful engagement with partnered communities, and active political voice for Canadian scientists are virtues of Aerin’s (to mention a

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Our Paul Paquet and Sadie Parr publish article in National Observer responding to proposed expansion of inhumane wolf cull

B.C. government scientists admit wolf cull is inhumane, then propose to expand it By Paul Paquet & Sadie Parr in News | February 1st 2017 Two science advisors for the B.C. government have recommended that Premier Christy Clark’s administration expand its program to kill wolves, mountain lions, moose and deer in an experimental attempt to conserve and recover

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Ever wonder how grizzly bears communicate? Postdoctoral Fellow Melanie Clapham has! Take a peak at her work on grizzly bear social behaviour.

“After five months in the field last spring-fall, I am finally getting around to analysing my data on the social behaviour of grizzly bears! I am currently investigating the drivers of chemical signalling behaviour in grizzlies, how and when they communicate chemically, and what effect the presence of certain members of a populations (such as mature

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Photo Of The Day

Remote camera photo of a bear investigating a hair snag site in Kitasoo/Xai'xais Territory. In collaboration with Spirit Bear Research Foundation.

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