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Black bear cub getting ready for the week. #mondaymorning

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Reflections of herring season. For thousands of years the ancestors of this wolf would come to the shoreline after the herring spawn to feast on herring eggs. This would have been a predictable guaranteed food supply for coastal residents like this until Europeans arrived and turned herring - the foundation of our coast - into fish meal, oil and fertilizer. Now we mine the last few populations for Atlantic salmon farm feed, sushi roe and ocean tuna ranches. Time to give herring a break. #biglittlefish

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Drought conditions and low snow pack are one more stress wild salmon are most likely going to be facing again this year in the #greatbearrainforest. Salmon fishing wolves like this one will be one of countless species impacted by our changing climate. #wildsalmon #savebcwolves #oceanfeedstherainforest

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Grizzlies generally move slowly and purposefully but when they need to get up and go they can move like a race horse. #grizzlybear

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Back to wolves. Looking forward to speaking with @chrismorganwildlife tonight at @kuow and @npr at the @mountaineersorg - should be lots of fun swapping stories with this adventuring bear guy. @eventbrite @pacificwild #seattle

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Today, the Canadian government announces that it intends on banning oil and gas drilling, mining, bottom-trawling and waste-dumping from marine protected areas. Wow, what a reassurance that within our meagre marine protected areas (less than 10% of our jurisdictional waters) the most destructive practices that humans can commit to the ocean won’t be allowed. Of course oil and gas super tankers will probably be allowed to transit MPA’s, mid-water trawling, log sort areas, industrial fishing and a host of other harmful activities will still be allowed. When is Canada going to wake up to the fact that our oceans are in peril, salmon and countless other species are collapsing and we are running out of time. Get ready for more useless announcements as we gear up for a fall election. #marineprotectedareas @justinpjtrudeau @jonathanwnv

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Days turn into weeks into months and sometimes a plaintive howl from deep in the rainforest is the only sign that wolves are in the area. And then sometimes, usually when least expected, a wolf wanders out of the forest edge and promptly drops by for a visit. Here, Pacific Wild’s ever patient and talented @d.leowinata finds herself face to face with a coastal wolf while undoubtedly wondering why she chose such a long lens on this particular morning. Wildlife film making provides the visual storytelling tools that help us advocate for a new relationship with wildlife, one that is not based on exploitation, gratuitous trophy hunting and reckless habitat destruction that sadly is still the norm in British Columbia. Ensuring quality of life for wildlife - not just managing for existence - should be a basic standard enshrined in conservation decision making but yet is rarely contemplated by government and industry. Join the efforts of @pacificwild to help ensure a future for wildlife in western Canada. #savebcwolves @reddigitalcinema #greatbearrainforest #womeninfilm

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Looking forward to being in Seattle this week for two special events. This Wednesday at the Pacific Science Centre we will be hosting the Washington State Premiere of the Great Bear Rainforest IMAX film and on Friday I will be joining Chris Morgan and his NPR affiliated show The Wild for an evening of discussion on bears, wolves, whales and all things #greatbearrainforest. Tickets for both events can be found at Eventbrite. Hope to see you there. @pacificwild @chrismorganwildlife @npr #greatbearimax #explorebc #earthday🌎 @kuow @mountaineersorg @macfreefilms

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For a century timber companies have liquidated interior old growth forest habitat to the point of no return for many herds of caribou. Oil and gas, mining, snowmobilers - unbridled backcountry access - have now pushed the remaining herds to critically endangered levels. Now that the federal government has finally forced the BC government to actually do something about this wildlife crisis all we hear now from industry is how more and more wolves need to be killed. BC taxpayers just paid for the slaughter of over 500 wolves over the last few years to ostensibly save mountain caribou while at the same time the BC government approved the clearcutting of more and more old growth critical habitat. It is shameful that we are inflicting so much pain and needless suffering on one of the most socially evolved animals on earth only to provide a distraction from the root cause of the decline of caribou. The feds should have intervened years ago and forced the BC government to protect enough habitat for the caribou but now that the last scraps of lichen rich forest are being fought over by industries that will never give an inch for the protection of wildlife the BC government is looking to kill even more wolves. It is shameful and gives little hope for the future when we cannot make simple sacrifices to protect another species from extinction. visit pacificwild.org to find out how to lend your voice to wolves and caribou. @pacificwild @wildlifedefenceleague @bearsmatter

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Herring eggs reach up into the cedar trees along Spiller Channel from last week's spawn. This was the location of conflict between DFO and the Heiltsuk First Nation four years ago, as the Nation asserted its stewardship role in protecting local herring stocks after decades of unsustainable commercial fishing. The Nation was successful in achieving a suspension of the industrial kill fishery, but even after a four year reprieve, Central Coast herring stocks are still a fraction of their former abundance. The good news is that a few areas on the central coast that have been previously absent of spawn have shown small signs of return. While there is still hope for the future of these stocks it remains unclear how many years it will take for central coast stocks to fully recover. #BIGLittleFish #heiltsukstrong . . . #wildernessculture #herringiscaring #ExploreBC #foragefish #fishlove #feedthecoast

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What does it say about our society when we wantonly inflict needless cruelty and hardship on some of the most intelligent animals that we share landscapes with? The fact that wolf kill contests are occurring in this province with an open season, no harvest limits, and no compulsory reporting, makes it virtually a government-supported cull effort. The same provincial government is saying that they have an understanding of the predator-prey dynamics and populations levels of wolves in this province, but if they're allowing people to kill wolves without any reporting, how can they possibly know how many wolves are being killed and what their status is? Many thanks to groups like Bears Matter, @furbearers, @wildlifedefenceleague, and @projectcoyoteorg, for bringing attention to these abhorrent wildlife-killing contests. Whoever participates in them, supports them, and/or organizes them, should be ashamed of themselves. It does a disservice to the honourable tradition of subsistence hunting and wildlife management by both hunters and non-hunters alike. Visit the Fur Bearers page to take action and #endkillingcontestsbc in the link in @pacificwild's bio under "End Killing Contests in BC". #SaveBCWolves . . . #wolvesofinstagram #conservation #wildlifephotography #ExploreBC #BCPoli

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Spring is here, and among other things, it means puppy season - in the Great Bear Rainforest and throughout BC. These little pups need our protection, and that means your voices. Look out for ways to help here and at @pacificwild. #SaveBCWolves . . . #GreatBearRainforest #ig_discover_wildlife #wolfconservation #wolvesofinstagram

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Happy St. Patrick’s day. Hoping the next few weeks bring more green to the dark waters of Canada’s Pacific coast. #herringspawn #biglittlefish #stpatricksday

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🔊 For 25 years I watched the Heiltsuk Nation on the BC central coast fight DFO in the courts and on the front-lines in an effort to save local herring populations.  Tragically, the tone deaf DFO continued to allow the seine and gill net fleets destroy population after population of herring to the point in 2015 where the Heiltsuk community occupied the local DFO office thereby forcing the department to close the fishery.  Unfortunately, it is probably too late for the central coast stocks to ever recover from so many years of industrial fishing. Now every single commercial herring kill fishery on the BC coast has been closed due to collapsed stocks and the last one open is in the Salish Sea.  The entire fishing fleet is gearing up right now to take out over 21000 tons of herring from the same waters that half of the chinook salmon populations are considered endangered and the southern resident killer whales are starving to death.  21000 tons is the equivalent in weight to a full sized BC ferry full of fuel and cars. DFO insists, just like they did in every other herring fishery before they collapsed, that the Salish sea herring population is healthy and that 20% of the herring biomass can be taken.  90% of this  fish will be ground up for fish meal for pet food and fish pellets to feed Atlantic salmon fish farms.  The irony that we are killing our wild herring to feed farmed salmon that in turn is spreading fatal diseases to our wild salmon is all but lost on DFO. Let's make DFO listen - our team at @pacificwild has made it easy. Call or email your local representative and tell them that you vote for Harriet using the tools on our site. Link in my bio. Thank you @cammacarthur at @sitka_ for producing this great video. And to @ashperson for lending your voice. Footage by: @aprilbencze @tavishcampbell @bakkenaction and myself @heiltsukcouncil #BIGLittleFish #explorebc #marineconservation #pnwonderland #herring #fisheries #protectourcoast #leaveitbetter

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Happy Valentine’s Day. For all things wild and free. #valentines

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“Going out on a limb” definitely means different things to different people but mostly I love the saying because it means stepping away from protection and safety. It is here, in this kind of environment, that progress and change are most often found. However, being able to sleep so comfortably out on that thin limb, so far off the deck, is something we may just have to learn from bears. #sundayramble

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Fresh out of LA - here is the very first 70mm film reel to be made for the Great Bear IMAX film and i have to say, it looks pretty damn good. Opening here to public on Feb 15th. @ontariosciencecentre. Image: @d.leowinata

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Deciding on a favourite image, especially when selecting for a book, is such a subjective process. I am always amazed how so many photo editors can have such varied opinions about my images but when I think of the process that is involved in making certain images and how that influences my own view of them it is understandable. For example, I spent a week in the pouring rain watching this spirit bear family fishing for coho salmon on the other side of the river but there was no way that I could get to them because the river was in full flood. On the last day of my trip I couldn’t wait for the rains to stop any longer and I decided to put my camera gear in a pelican case and swim for it. I managed to get to the other side of the river and later in the day the bears walked down the fallen tree, mom bear jumped in the river and just as she swung around with a fresh coho salmon in her mouth I pulled out my camera and managed a few frames before the rain covered the front of the lens. So is it a favourite image because I sat in the rain for a week and swam a flooded river to make it happen or does it stand on its own? My friend @thomaspeschak gave me some great advice a bunch of years ago. “Forget the editors, if you love the image that is all that matters.” Now this advice might not always get you published but at the end of the day it should be what matters most. #conservationphotography @ilcp_photographers @natgeoimagecollection @pacificwild #spiritbear

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There may be only 200 hundred Spirit Bears in the world, making them one of the rarest bears on the planet. To see two in one day, and to have them in the same frame for an IMAX film is a dream come true for all the crew that worked on the #greatbearimax film. With so much gratitude to the Gitga’at Nation and to @gitgaatspirit for this opportunity. Coming soon to the Giant Screen. @hellobc @gitgaatspirit @pacificwild @macfreefilms #greatbearrainforest www.greatbearrainforestfilm.com

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The #greatbearrainforestimax film crew and the Kitasoo Xaixais First Nation grizzly bear researchers take a moment after a super fun and productive couple of days shooting the grizzly bear sequence. This was the magical day that a grizzly bear wandered into the middle of our rainforest set and of course no one needed to be told to keep rolling the cameras. So stoked to see this on the Giant Screen soon and also to see young @mercedz_jade light up the screen with her infectious smile and in-depth knowledge of her culture and territory. #greatbearimax @macfreefilms @pacificwild @spiritbearresearch @spiritbearbc www.greatbearrainforestfilm.com @hellobc

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Over the last three years, I was part of a crew that spent over 400 days through the BC central and north coast filming the Great Bear Rainforest IMAX Film. Over 7000 nautical miles, nearly 200 dives, 400 terabytes of media, 9 broken propellors, 5 hurricane force events, 2,400 feet of 70mm film, 22 different deckhands (all of them amazing) and a whole lot more. Now the #greatbearimax film is getting close to hitting the giant screen and somehow I have been convinced to talk about it on camera. Actually kinda looking forward to it. Today at 2pm PST I’ll be doing an Instagram Live on @pacificwild talking about making of the film and answering any questions you might have. See you there. #greatbearimax #greatbearrainforest #explorebc #wildernessculture @macfreefilms @hellobc Photo by @d.leowinata

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Clearly, as wolves disappear, so does much of the wild nature that wolves signify and that people depend on for spiritual nourishment and physical sustenance. Wolves and people are both understood to be victims of unrestrained industrial progress. From this perspective, wild wolves living in wild areas of the Great Bear Rainforest provide hope for many that not all has been lost. Ironically, the species once regarded as a threat to our survival is turning out to be a test of how likely we are to live sustainably in the natural world. From #lastwildwolves @greystonebooks @pacificwild #savebcwolves

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It is no coincidence that as we dismantle and clearcut our ancient forests like there is no tomorrow that more and more public attention focuses on the imbalance that is being observed between predator - prey relationships throughout British Columbia. The following is an excerpt from my book Last Wild Wolves that explores this issue LWW - “ The deer tracks took me to the base of the trees, where long, stringy rafts of green lichen danced in the wind. The deer were up here browsing. This forest type, distributed in natural patches throughout the landscape, is critical for the maintenance of stable deer numbers throughout the years. It is especially important on the mainland, where snows can be deep and last for many months. It’s easy to underestimate the value of deer winter range in milder winters with less snow. But during so-called catastrophic winters, significant numbers of deer die if they have nowhere to go for shelter. During snowy winters, larger old-growth stands of forest receive disproportionately high deer use because of the ability of the forest canopy to intercept snow before it accumulates on the ground. John Schoen and Matt Kirchhoff, two Alaskan researchers conducting deer and wolf studies, have shown that it takes only about fifteen centimetres (six inches) of snow to force the deer into these large stands of old forest. Although climatic conditions for the coast are generally mild, they do vary greatly from year to year. In our area of the mainland, thirty-year averages in snowfall vary from 86 centimetres in Bella Bella to 155 centimetres (imperial measurements) at Ocean Falls. Back in the mountains, this figure can easily quadruple. In southeast Alaska, researchers tally the number of deer deaths after heavy snow years. During those years, weakened and starving deer go to the shorelines to die. There can be so many dead that researchers walk shoreline transects counting corpses. On Admiralty Island, in southeast Alaska, Schoen and Kirchhoff found that 39 per cent of adult radio-collared deer died during one severe winter. The researchers estimated that the final mortality figure was closer to 60 per cent.

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Strength is drawn from many places and life experiences but I feel that I draw more from my time with wolves than perhaps any other species. Finding strength often means being true to your beliefs so when I listen to and hear about the hate-filled vehemence directed at wolves from so many of our own and then compare these views to my own life experiences with wolves over the last 25 years I have to take a step back and wonder how wolves have possibly inspired such differing perspectives. Perhaps it is just that they are too wild, too intelligent, too social, too independent and too beautiful for us to fully respect and leave alone. I don’t know exactly but I do know that fear lies in the unknown and unfamiliar- and these two things will forever haunt our relationship with a species that we share so much with. #savebcwolves

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Seeing the forest through an ocean lens. Ninety-five percent of British Columbia’s marine species are invertebrates, including sixty- eight species of starfish, seventy-five species of sea anemones, nearly five hundred species of sea worms, and over a hundred species of nudibranchs. The number of the much more celebrated vertebrate species of marine mammals, birds, and fish hasn’t yet topped six hundred. @pacificwild #winterdiving #marineconservation #oceanfeedstherainforest

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Ending the gratuitous trophy hunt of large carnivores like wolves has consumed significant conservation energy for the team @pacificwild over the years and yet some people question the disproportionate amount of time being spent on the issue given the scarce resources for wildlife research, management, and education, but I believe it is justified. We simply don’t fully (or even partly) understand the ecological role that wolves play in all the varied ecosystems that they inhabit. If we continue killing them as a legal form of sport we can’t possibly continue building a basic level of respect with wildlife. The trophy hunt and cull programs are anachronistic and based on a bankrupt set of ethical and scientific principles. Over the years the ever-changing rationale that the provincial government puts forward to support the hunt, culls and trapping etc has been flawed, outdated, and usually contradictory. First it was the jobs argument, but now that wildlife viewing has eclipsed trophy hunting in revenue and job creation, that argument has been dropped in favor of wolf killing being “based on science”—as if science can somehow excuse unethical behavior. Simply ending the legal killing of large carnivores is not without precedent or we would still be hunting sea otters, whales, eagles, and countless other species once feared, hated, and killed indiscriminately—but now celebrated as icons of our natural heritage. #savebcwolves

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Walking through airports and a few different cities recently reminded me how much we treasure domestic dogs in our lives. Yet, I can’t help but wonder how many people that smile when a dog walks by remain indifferent when they read about the government sponsored wolf kill programs that are under way, especially in #albertacanada and #britishcolumbiacanada. Millions of tax dollars are being spent on ineffectual predator kill programs to ostensibly save ungulates like caribou. We said it years ago and it remains true today. If you don’t protect habitat and you keep punching roads, oil and gas wells, mines, ski resorts, clearcuts, wind farms, houses etc etc into every last pocket of wilderness then killing every last predator in North American is not going to save these animals. #savebcwolves @pacificwild #stopthewolfcull

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"Deer were introduced to the islands of Haida Gwaii a century ago, and the gentle browsers, in the absence of any natural predators, have done more to impact Haida Gwaii’s forest environment than the Haida people have managed to do in over ten thousand years. An entire succession of western red cedar and the associated thick understory of berry bushes are absent. Even the salal is over- browsed. It stands in amazing contrast to the mainland side of Hecate Strait, where wolves would never allow such naive prey to go unchecked.” Excerpt from the book Great Bear Wild, Dispatches from a Northern Rainforest. #oceansfeedstherainforest @pacificwild #rainforestwolves

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Fogo Island, Newfoundland. After Canada allowed the factory ships inshore to mine the last of the east coast cod communities on remote Fogo Island were left with no economy and no way to subsist. In 1992 DFO fully closed the cod fishery and most people were forced to move from an island that had supported countless generations of fishers for nearly 500 years. The most productive fishery in the world collapsed because of DFO mismanagement and greed. For the few people that stayed on there was little hope until one of their own came back from a very successful business career and decided that Fogo did indeed have a future. Zita Cobb, an absolutely inspiring woman who joined us at a gathering of Canadian non-profit leaders held at her spectacular @fogoilsandinn this week is an absolute force of nature. The list of her accomplishments made through her family run foundation @shorefastfogoisland is nothing short of incredible. Her focus on local people and tradition, art, architecture and design to create beauty and most importantly economic opportunities for Fogo residents has to be one of Canada’s great success stories. “Business is a part of life, but it needs to behave in every gesture as supportive to the whole.” - #zitacobb - Involved in community economic development? Learning about Zita’s story is a must. @fogoislandinn @shorefast @power_to_be #newfoundland #explorecanada @fogoislandarts #socialentrepreneur

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On #worldfisheriesday day (and every day) let’s hope that the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Ocean #DFO come to their senses this winter and place a moratorium on the herring kill fishery. Forage fish, like herring, are the very foundation of the marine environment. More herring, more cod, more salmon, more whales. It is pretty simple. @pacificwild #herring #foragefish #oceanfeedstherainforest #marineconservation #unsustainablefisheries

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Trust and understanding with another species is something many of us are comfortable with when it comes to our own domestic animals. Yet, for whatever reason, we do not extend such feelings to the wild. Still so much myth and lore driving our relationships with the natural world. #savebcwolves @pacificwild #seawolves

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Soft light on a gem of a rainforest. #mrbeales #greatbearrainforest #coastaltemperaterainforest #heiltsukstrong

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Love this planet. Hate what we are doing to it.

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Clear waters return to the #greatbearrainforest as the nights get cold and the days get shorter. #winterdiving @pacificwild #batstars

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Every once in awhile I get the opportunity to spend time on another vessel plying the waters of the #greatbearrainforest and it is always a delight to see the magic unfold as new eyes see this coast for the first time. People respond in different ways, some cry taken over by emotion, some sit quietly taking in every sound, every vista. Some immediately get naked and jump in the freezing water (that happened more than once on this last trip). The best part is that I get relive my first moments seeing this coast through the expression of others. With gratitude to the incredible crew on board the beautiful @pacificyellowfincharters that made last week so special, truly a remarkable team and vessel. The Haisla, Gitga’at, Kitasoo, Xaxais and Heiltsuk First nations who’s territories we travelled through. With @sarahwaynecallies @nfa.barter @pnwgodzilla @tequilasharon @kwrenmcallister @pacificwild

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Apparently it is #worldoctopusday . #greatbearrainforest

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Mom is sleeping but these three are paying attention. #greatbearrainforest @d.leowinata @pacificwild #savebcbears

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Swipe left for part 2. The last three years have been a roller coaster of film making in the #greatbearrainforest - so many jaw dropping experiences as we slowly but surely worked our way documenting the underwater world and through the rainforest and finally above the glaciers and snow capped peaks. I feel incredibly fortunate to have worked alongside so many talented, dedicated individuals who have all contributed to this enormous project. In particular, the patience, wisdom, humour and support of so many members of the Heiltsuk, Kitasoo Xaixais and Gitga’at Nations. Still lots of pieces to put together for the release in February but here’s a taste in the meantime... #greatbearimax #giantscreen @gitgaatspirit @spiritbearresearch @spiritbearbc @heiltsukcouncil #heiltsukstrong @pacificwild @macfreefilms

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Yesterdays LNG Canada announcement brings the first major pipeline and liquefaction facility to the #greatbearrainforest one step closer. The 30-40 billion dollar project does not come with the ultimate threat of a heavy oil spill disaster but all of the other environmental impacts that countless people were vehemently opposed to with Northern Gateway remain mostly the same. The ships carrying LNG will still bring an unrelenting cacophony of noise pollution to the quiet waters of Douglas channel and Camaano sound. If you are a fin or humpback whale it makes little difference that the ship thundering your way with two massive tether tugs attached to it, is either full of bitumen or LNG. It is the shipping noise that will force these threatened animals to other waters. Our politicians are trying to make out that LNG is somehow clean energy but the fact is that it comes with climate destroying GHG emissions and the source of the product is extracted by hydraulic fracking that leaves a legacy of earthquakes and toxic waste where it is drilled. In fact, LNG Canada is estimated to account for over 80% of our GHG emissions allowed under BC’s target for the year 2050. Somehow every other industry and individual in BC will share the remaining 20%? Yeah right. We just signalled to the rest of the world to hell with taking any responsibility to reduce our GHG emissions and decarbonize our economy. The billions in public money being used to subsidize this industry, not to mention the environmental cost to our coast, our planet, is unjustifiable. Too much LNG cool aid being consumed in this Province. #lngcanada

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The bond between a mother grizzly and her cubs is like a force of nature and these three little ones are setting off on a lifetime of adventure in their #greatbearrainforest home. For the first three years of their life they will benefit from knowledge passed down through generations of grizzlies. Already they have learned how to climb the thin branches of a crabapple tree, how to dive for salmon, where the early season skunk cabbage gardens are located - and countless other secrets of the grizzly bear world. Next month these cubs will follow their mom into the mountains to reclaim their natal den before their long winter sleep. @pacificwild #savebcbears

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Fortunately for the bears of the #greatbearrainforest this has proven to be one of the best berry (and crabapple) seasons witnessed in many years. If this year had not been as productive it would have meant near starvation for this family of grizzly bears because of the collapse of wild salmon in their local rivers. The decline of wild salmon on the B.C. central and north coast should be of international concern and attention but it sure is quiet in the halls of parliament and the offices of the department of Fisheries and Oceans..... @pacificwild

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Harbour seal glides effortlessly through a forest of kelp. The colder winter months will soon bring clear water to the #greatbearrainforest and we will return to this unexplored and largely unknown underwater world. This image is from a screen grab from our upcoming #greatbearimax film and I can tell you it looks pretty amazing on the biggest screen of all - looking forward to the global release of the film in 2019. Visual storytelling, front-line reporting, being there to witness is a foundation of our wildlife conservation work. Thank you for following @pacificwild as we work to protect one of the greatest cradles of biodiversity on earth. #greatbearrainforest #shotonred @reddigitalcinema @nauticamhousings @waterproofinternational @sea_legacy @saveourseasfoundation @d.leowinata @haley.crozier

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Wild salmon, the lifeblood of the rainforest continue to decline at an alarming rate. After walking many of the same creeks and rivers in the #greatbearrainforest for a quarter century I have never seen so few salmon returning to their natal spawning rivers. DFO creekwalkers with even more years of experience walking these same watersheds agree - many stocks or runs like these chums and pinks are reaching levels of biological extinction. And Canadians don’t even know it is happening because our government is no longer investing in salmon counters and other critical staff that historically provided the only true connection between the status of wild salmon and ourselves. Scroll over to @pacificwild to voice your concern. #wildsalmon #wildsalmonforever #chumsalmon #cleansingourwaters

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Mom black bear and her three new cubs walk the fallen labyrinth of trees to access the best salmon fishing spots. Another year of collapsed salmon stocks has hit the #greatbearrainforest - another year of the Dept of Fisheries and Oceans ignoring the ecological disaster that lack of salmon bring to the coast. #wildsalmon

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Even in the busiest times taking a moment is so important.

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Spirit bear cub making sure mom doesn’t fall into the river. #greatbearrainforest #spiritbear #family

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Anyone care to guess how many coastal wolves are in this family? #savebcwolves #greatbearrainforest

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The reddish highlights that characterize many coastal wolves along the BC north coast are so distinct that the Heiltsuk First Nation have stories, told through the millennia, of where this unique colour comes from. From my book, the Last Wild Wolves: "In the creation story of one of the founding Heiltsuk tribes, a wolf fathers the first children of this group. One child remains a wolf and serves as a protector of the people. His siblings stay in their human form and create many of the gifts to the people, including winter ceremonials, big houses, and salmon. The mother marks the wolf father with ochre paint, giving him a reddish tinge that is still common to the wolves of this area.” #lastwildwolves #heiltsukstrong @pacificwild #savebcwolves

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A new logging road is now being punched into Four Lakes, the last large tract of ancient rainforest left on King Island in the #greatbearrainforest. Not many years ago this watershed was on the fabled list of valleys that environmental groups described as the "line in the sand" when it came to negotiating a conservation deal for the Great Bear but now that the deals have all been made and conservation focus is elsewhere these timber companies can operate with impunity under so-called Ecosystem Based Management (EBM) logging practices. When I fly up and down the coast and see all of the new logging operations in previously intact rainforest river valleys it is beyond disheartening. How did we end up handing 70% of the Great Bear Rainforest to these timber companies? If anyone thinks that my criticism of EBM is unjustified then I highly recommend having a first hand look at the massive clearcut logging that is occurring in places like the Johnston River, Sandell lakes, Western and Pine rivers, Ingram and Mooto lakes - just to name a few. These were all intact a few short years ago but we were promised that EBM would somehow protect them, or at the very least would provide a massive departure from how logging was done in the past. It wasn’t many years ago that these valleys were fought for on the front lines, the boardrooms, in parliament and the marketplace. Today, the only thing more deafening than the chainsaws and bulldozers is the silence of those defending them. #temperaterainforest #greatbearrainforest #westernredcedar @greenpeace_canada @sierraclubbc @rainforestactionnetwork @stand.earth

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Rain has started after a long long dry spell in the #greatbearrainforest. All eyes, paws, claws and canines are now moving towards the creeks and rivers to meet the next great event on this coast. With thanks to @_annekaphotography_ and @d.leowinata for recent wolf and whale adventures.