Converging knowledges to inform and empower conservation

This past summer, I had the opportunity to travel aboard the Raincoast vessel Achiever with several other members of the ACS lab to participate in Koeye camp, a cultural revitalization and education program operated by the Heiltsuk First Nation’s QQS Projects Society. We were there to engage with the youth campers about the research conducted by …

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Seals and sea lions in the Salish Sea are all part of a healthy food web

Since the killing of seals and sea lions ended in the 1970s, pinnipeds in the Salish Sea have been recovering. The recovery of seals slowed by 2000 and for the last fifteen years or so the number of seals in the Salish Sea has been relatively stable. This population of fish eaters has recovered to …

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Research: Differentiating between regulation and hunting as conservation interventions

Wildlife conservation literature and public discourse, too often gloss over the important difference between hunting and the regulation of hunting. This is so common that there is a persistent, misinformed idea that extinctions have been avoided through the act of hunting. Historically, the regulation of hunting, not hunting itself, has averted extinction. Call for unbiased …

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Regulating fake video

Deep fakes, or the ability to manipulate people’s actions in videos, were in the news recently. Macleans wrote a very concerned article December of 2018. This will be the year that you can no longer believe your eyes. Video manipulation techniques that previously only special effects studios could pull off will soon be available in …

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SUNDAY Mar. 17th: Intro to Chinese Medicine Diet Therapy

SUNDAY March 17, 4:00-6:00pm $10-$25 sliding scale. Pay what you can afford. Space is limited, pre-register to reserve your spot. Drop by the front desk or online through EventBrite Facilitated by Christina Chan, R.Ac. Hand-outs are provided Bring a pen, notebook & your imagination! Coffee is hot and bitter in nature, while green tea is …

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April conservation expedition with Raincoast’s Dr. Paul Paquet

This April we are partnering with Bluewater Adventures for a unique trip through the Canadian Gulf Islands and the Salish Sea, which will feature Raincoast’s Dr. Paul Paquet as the guest Naturalist. As Raincoast’s Senior Scientist, and a world renowned large carnivore expert, Paul’s input is key to guiding our research and conservation programs in …

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Web first publishing

Web first publishing means publishing your carefully crafted content to your website first. We recommend it nine times out of ten.1 We like this approach, because you own your website (hopefully). And you own the content there. And by publishing it on a platform that you own, you have more control. You control the domain …

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Advancing non-invasive approaches for monitoring wildlife: considering the ethics of developing new techniques

A theme that underlies our research in the Applied Conservation Lab is that we aim to apply methods that are minimally invasive to wildlife. This ethos emerges in large part from our partners in First Nations communities, who have taught us many important lessons about respecting the people, places, and animals where we work. Our …

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Meet the team of applied conservation scientists at the University of Victoria

Last year the Raincoast lab at UViC marked an important new milestone with the creation of the Raincoast Chair in Applied Conservation Science at the University of Victoria. This five year Chaired Professorship allows us to expand our research, teaching and outreach programs in community-driven applied conservation science. Our long-term vision is to train next …

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A passion for movement can take us to new places, like boxing

Age and condition can slow down our abilities and athleticism. But our love of movement doesn’t have to wain. And studies show that in some contexts, exercise can help with symptom management and even slow disease progression. Donna’s story is really a story about passion for movement. “I’ll tackle anything now. Like I know what …

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SUNDAY Feb. 24, Take Home TCM: Neck & Shoulder Acupressure

SUNDAY February 24, 4:00-5:30pm $10-$25 sliding scale. Pay what you can afford. Space is limited, pre-register to reserve your spot. Drop by the front desk or online through EventBrite Facilitated by Veronica Palmer-Jones, R.Ac. Participants will work in pairs Hand-outs are provided Pain in the neck? Weight of the world on your shoulders? Are you …

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L124 is the newest member of the Southern Resident killer whales

Listen to Misty MacDuffee explain some of the context around the recent birth of L124 in the Salish Sea. Declines in Chinook abundance, especially to the Fraser, are affecting killer whale behaviour patterns, fertility and survival. For example, the collapse of the Fraser spring and early summer run timing of Chinook is correlated with the …

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