It’s World Kindness Day. Kindness is a quality close to our hearts at Pacific Wild. To be kind to a stranger is a form of empathy. It allows us to further conversation. To identify with each other. To grow together. To be kind to an animal is a sort of benchmark; it says a lot about a person. To be kind to your environment is to know your place in the world. On this #WorldKindnessDay, think about the actions you can make to improve the world around you, not just for yourself, but for others who have to live in it, human or animal, now or in the future. Happy #worldkindnessday. Photo: @iantmcallister
The weather is turning to colder nights throughout B.C. and animals are preparing for the long sleep. Did you know bears don’t technically hibernate? Unlike “true” hibernators, bears are in a state of torpor, and can be easily awoken. Their body temperature doesn’t drop substantially, however their heart rate does drop from 55 to 9 beats per minute and their metabolism is reduced by 53%. They also don’t defecate or urinate all winter long, instead turning urine into protein. “True” hibernators wake up every few weeks to pass waste and eat. It’s believed that up to 90% of stored energy reserves are used for these short periods of staying alert. Animals don’t dream during hibernation—the body is too cold to produce the electric currents needed to dream. Bears can give birth and nurse while in torpor...a fascinating fact. Hibernaculum is Latin for “winter quarters” and is the word used to describe the place an animal hibernates, such as a den or cave. Pretty amazing, eh?
The world is full of beautiful natural places like this, but they are increasingly under threat from government and industry that view the earth as a resource merely meant to be exploited. To our American supporters, please vote for the planet today. Throw your support behind people and parties who put the environment ahead of profit. Voting is just the beginning, but it’s an important start. We are all in this together so let’s each do our part. Thank you. Photo: @iantmcallister#greatbearrainforest#vote
The Canadian government has decided not to issue an emergency order under the Species at Risk Act to protect the endangered southern resident killer whales in the Salish Sea, a move that would have cut through bureaucracy and applied wide-ranging protections for species at risk. Department of Fisheries and Oceans Minister Jonathan Wilkinson said on Friday that the government "carefully weighed various options" to protect the whales, and it does not believe an emergency order would be helpful.” There are only 74 orcas left alive. We fail to see how the situation isn’t worthy of an emergency order. We need to let the Strait of Georgia herring fishery go fallow so fish stocks can rebuild, update and repair municipal sewage systems, and reduce acoustic pollution. We need to do it now.
Five months ago, the Canadian Federal Government claimed “the level of urgency [for protecting caribou] is high.” However, almost half a year later, British Columbia has since approved 83 new logging cutblocks within the ranges of the most endangered herds. British Columbia’s southern mountain caribou have been listed as an endangered species for 15 years. There are an estimated 3000 alive. Some of the herds are so small, they can be counted as effectively extinct. For the past five years, B.C. has been shooting, trapping and poisoning wolves in a misguided attempt to save these caribou, but as long as the province continues to log the herds’ habitat, they will continue to be extirpated and, eventually, become extinct. How many wolves have died for nothing? How many have suffered being poisoned, trapped and shot in the name of caribou protection, while destructive logging continues unabated? These policies are unacceptable.
Federal Minister of Environment @cathmckennaottcen has the power to invoke Section 80 of the Species at Risk Act. It’s an emergency order that could prohibit activities—like logging—that might adversely affect a threatened species and their habitat. Is Minister McKenna strong enough to act on behalf of the caribou and wolves? We need immediate habitat protection. We need action. We need politicians who put the environment over quick profits. Please click the link in our bio to tell McKenna that we want to #savebcwolves. Thank you.
Photo by Pacific Wild supporter @jackjeplant // It’s International Artist Day. We give thanks for all the artists—like Jack and many other generous talents—who donate proceeds of their sales to the work @PacificWild does, and lend their influential voices to #wildlife causes. We are a small team of dedicated advocates for the Great Bear Rainforest, so every bit of help from the artist community helps us get our message out there. If you’d like to support @PacificWild please visit the link in our bio for a range of ways, from donating to sending letters to buying art or merchandise. Thank you.
Last week, the Final Report of the National Advisory Panel on Marine Protected Area Standards for Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) was released. The recommendations included minimum protection standards according to the IUCN guidelines for MPAs, which explicitly exclude industrial and extractive activity, measures for public accountability, and explicit support for Indigenous Protected Areas as well as full Indigenous participation in planning, management, and decision-making around all marine protection measures. More specifically, the panel recommends that industrial-scale commercial activities such as oil and gas exploration, seabed mining and bottom-trawl fishing should be prohibited. We applaud the panel for their recommendations. If you’d like to help echo the panel’s recommendations to our government and put the pressure on Canada to achieve its ocean protection targets for 2020, please visit the link in our bio to send a letter to the appropriate politicians. We are gaining momentum. Let’s keep applying pressure. Thank you. Photo: @iantmcallister
The precise and efficient actions of wolves during hunting gives tremendous insight into history of the salmon and wolf interaction. Such skill, coupled with a consistently high success rate (wolves get their targeted salmon in at least 30 per cent of their attempts, which is high for any predator) illuminates the behaviour is clearly ancient; salmon are not a new resource for the wolves.
The size, shape, and behavior of these salmon have most likely been forged at least partially by the ancestors of these fishing wolves. In turn, the wolves have most likely developed characteristics suited to preying on salmon—for example, their digestive system physiology and coloration (the red-orchre coiling seen in many coastal wolves reflects the colour of the seaweed adorning the rocking shores). And we know that this co-evolution is old, because of the high efficiencies and observed behavior in both species. These traits witnessed in predator-prey relationships take a long time to evolve.
Yesterday in Ucluelet, B.C., a second Steller sea lion was found with a gunshot wound in the head. He is now in the care of @vanaqua; blinded, malnourished and underweight. Who supports this cruelty? And why?
The growing support for a cull of sea lions and seals is misguided. Before we start killing these marine mammals, we must look at the man-made causes that accelerate the loss of our wild salmon: fish farms, overfishing, municipal sewage, acoustic pollution from shipping traffic, and climate change, among others. Let's fix our own problems before we decide to kill ruthlessly without understanding the outcome if disrupting the ecosystem via firearms. 🎥: @pacificwild
Is this what an oil tanker moratorium looks like? Please click the link in our bio and help us pressure the Canadian Government to legislate stricter protections against tankers in the #greatbearrainforest. 🎥: @d.leowinata / @pacificwild