Register: email BCvolunteer@birdscanada.org or 604-350-1988
This partner event with Bird Studies Canada will provide participants with the opportunity to learn about coastal bird identification and how to contribute to bird conservation efforts in the community.
The two largest tracts of ancient forest left on southern Vancouver Island, the Central Walbran Valley (500 hectares) and Edinburgh Mountain Ancient Forest (1500 hectares), both near Port Renfrew, are threatened by logging
Canadian Spacewalkers: Hadfield, MacLean and Williams Remember the Ultimate High Adventure with CBC radio's Bob McDonald
What is it really like to step into the abyss; to leap out into space with only the thin fabric of your suit between you and the universe? Join Bob McDonald for a colourful presentation on the only three Canadians to step outside the international space station and get a new perspective on planet Earth. Bob McDonald's new book Canadian Spacewalkers will be available for sale at the event.
Bob McDonald has been the host of CBC Radio's Quirks and Quarks since 1992. He is a regular science commentator on CBC News Network and science correspondent for CBC TV's The National. He has been honoured with the 2001 Michael Smith Award for Science Promotion from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada; the 2002 Sandford Fleming Medal from The Royal Canadian Institute; and the 2005 McNeil Medal for the Public Awareness of Science from the Royal Society of Canada. In November 2011, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.
The 2015-2016 Raincoast Speaker Series is supported by Remote Passages, Long Beach Lodge, Jamie's Whaling Station, Tofino Botanical Gardens, Ocean Outfitters, and Sea Wench Naturals.
Raincoast Education Society Weekend Field-Course with instructor David Moskowitz
From the tiniest shrews to bears and cougars, the signs of wild animals are around us year-round, waiting to be discovered. Participants will train in fundamental field skills to reliably and consistently identify and interpret wildlife tracks and signs.
Most of us living on the West Coast have heard talk of the Cascadia Subduction Zone, and the giant megathrust earthquake and tsunami that we are expecting. But did you know that this active tectonic plate margin also influences everything from the shape of British Columbia's famously rugged landscape, to the formation of mineral deposits such as at the proposed Catface mine?
This three-day field course, instructed by local geologist, photographer, and writer Dr. Jacqueline Windh, will introduce you to our subduction zone, with visits to outcrops in and around Tofino, which illustrate how, when, and why our Earth moves.
This presentation will provide an overview of ocean pollution research in coastal BC over recent decades, outline how this research enabled regulations and source control, and how the marine environment has responded in positive ways. Dr Ross will draw on his research on killer whales and harbour seals to shed light on source, transport, fate and effects of pollutants.
Dr. Peter S. Ross is the founding Director of the Ocean Pollution Research Program of the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre. He is an international expert in the area of ocean pollution, having published over 130 scientific articles and book chapters.
As you read this, wolves in British Columbia, Canada are being shot at by hunters in helicopters.
This is an ill-conceived plan to save endangered caribou in B.C.. The wolves are not responsible for the dwindling caribou numbers; habitat loss and human encroachment are. But wolves are taking the blame and paying the price.
You can help.
Pacific Wild Alliance, a leading wildlife conservation organization with a long track record of successful conservation achievements needs your support to put a stop to this barbaric wolf kill program. We hope to raise $50,000 to provide a full-time campaigner with the resources to build local and international public pressure by exposing this wolf kill program as the unethical, inhumane and scientifically indefensible slaughter that it is through advertising, media and a host of other public outreach platforms.
Sea lions are charismatic marine mammals found along the west coast of North America. They are regularly seen (and heard!) in Barkley and Clayoquot Sounds - hauled on rocky islets, swimming in harbours, and catching waves in the surf.
In recent years many sea lions have been observed in distress in local waters, entangled in various types of marine debris. Dr. Martin Haulena and Wendy Szaniszlo (MSc.) will present on the Vancouver Aquarium€™s Sea Lion Disentanglement Project, a program to address sea lion entanglement issues in B.C.
The illustrated talk will provide an overview of sea lion entanglements observed on the west coast, and describe the development of an anesthetic protocol for disentangling sea lions as well as the issues involved with disentanglement operations.
Victoria, BC Canada – Sitka is excited to annnounce the launch of the Sitka Society for Conservation (SSC). The SSC is a registered non-profit organization that allows Sitka to directly fund practical environmental initiatives. A portion of every Sitka sale goes to support the work of the SSC, or people can donate directly to a partner campaign of their choice.
Sitka's vision is a world in balance. That sounds like a grand aspiration, and it is. They've always been committed to taking care of the planet, and now they're excited to bring a new model to environmental action. The mission of the SSC is to conserve lands and waters and ensure the sustainability of our communities. As Sitka move closer to fulfilling their mission, they keep a wide spectrum of beneficiaries in mind: our families, our communities and the wider world. But perhaps most of all, the beneficiaries are those who can't speak for themselves – the wild beings that inhabit tthe lands, waters and air, and the fragile natural systems we all depend on for survival.
The SSC has partnered with three organizations for their launch. The SSC is supporting Pacific Wild in achieving a fundraising goal of $60,000 to enhance their marine hydrophone network and build a case to designate a portion of the Great Bear Sea as a marine acoustic sanctuary, a protected area in which harmful acoustic pollution from day to day super-tanker traffic would be banned.
They are also working with Leadnow.ca in reaching their fundraising goal of $50,000 to support the Vote Together campaign. This campaign seeks to work strategically in swing ridings across the country to ensure that Stephen Harper is not re-elected in the next federal election and that our next government will build a stronger democracy, fair economy and a clean environment for the benefit of all Canadians.
Finally, they are working with the Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition to raise $50,000 to build two cabins in strategic wilderness locations in the Skeena Watershed that will help to strengthen First Nations' culture, demonstrate use and occupancy of their traditional territories, and assertion of Aboriginal rights, which in turn can prevent unsustainable industrial resource development proposals.
here’s a video I made from the protest against the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion from the Tar Sands destined for Burnaby, and then tankers through the Juan de Fuca straight. Kinder Morgan was granted an injunction which allowed them to do test drilling in a conservation park on the mountain. What started as a peaceful protest turned hectic as police used force and aggression to arrest numerous people standing against this Texas based company.
Kinder Morgan Pipeline Resistance on Burnaby Mountain On November 20th, 2014 the RCMP moved into a peaceful protest camp to enforce an injunction granted to Kinder Morgan, (a Texas based oil company) allowing the arrest of concerned citizens who are standing up against the tripling of their pipeline from The Alberta Tar Sands to Burrard Inlet in Burnaby. What started out as a peaceful event, quickly turned to an angry crowd as police used force to arrest people, young and old, who were standing in the designated protest area.
Raincoast Speaker Series:Around Clayoquot Sound in 100 Million Years
Nov 20, 2014
A geological history of the region with Dr. Jackie Windh
This whirlwind geological tour will condense 100 million years of earth history into an hour. Tofino sits on an active plate margin, and that tectonic setting influences everything about where (and how) we live today, including why we even have something to stand on, why we in BC are graced with such a scenic and mountainous landscape, why there are deposits of copper and other metals nearby (for example on Catface Mountain and in Strathcona Park) and why we are expecting what may prove to be the biggest earthquake humankind has ever recorded.
Speaker Jacqueline Windh will illustrate her presentation with photos of the geology from Tofino and surrounding areas - outcrops and locations that you can visit yourself - and will bring specimens to make your geological experience hands-on.
Dr. Jacqueline Windh is a geologist, photographer, and writer. She received her PhD in 1992 from the University of Western Australia. The focus of her doctoral research was structural geology: the study of movements within the Earth's crust, and particularly how faults and fractures influence where gold and other metals are deposited. She applied this knowledge working as a geological consultant to the minerals industry for nine years, in Australia, Chile, Peru, Argentina, and Canada.
Raincoast Speaker Series:Marine Mammals of BC with Dr. John Ford
Nov 6, 2014
The Raincoast Education Society invites you to join us for the first event of the 2014-2015 Raincoast Speaker Series:
Marine Mammals of British Columbia with Dr. John Ford
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Past Exploitation and Current Status of Marine Mammals in British Columbia
The waters of British Columbia have a remarkable diversity of marine mammals – 31 species have been recorded here, one-quarter of all maarine mammal species in the world.Â After co-existing with First Nations people on the coast for millennia, many marine mammals were driven to near extinction by uncontrolled exploitation following the arrival of Europeans. In this illustrated lecture, John Ford will provide an overview of the marine mammals of BC and describe their past exploitation and conservation status today.
Dr. John Ford is head of the Cetacean Research Program, Pacific Biological Station, Nanaimo, BC, and is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Zoology and Fisheries Centre, University of BC.
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Anian Surfboards in Victoria is working their way off the grid
We built a little space to operate Anian out of on Discovery Street, its a shaping bay and a small showroom. We had an idea to run our shop off solar and once we looked into it we found that no one was doing it nation wide, wich fueled the idea so we launching a campaign to take the whole shop off the grid, it's going to make us the first shop in Canada to be run completely off solar power. Right now we do have a small solar power system but we need to upgrade around ten fold.
It's pretty costly and crowd funding was suggested to us. Typicly with these campaings there is kick back perks to contributors, but we couldn't find any way to provide kick backs that were directly related to us wanting to run on solar power, so we decided to use products we already make. The video then ended up serving two purposes, letting people know about wanting to run on solar as well as letting them know what we make.
Where obsolete dams come down, rivers bound back to life, giving salmon and other wild fish the right of return to primeval spawning grounds, after decades without access.
Nelson at the Civic Theatre - Sep 10 7:00 PM
Victoria at the Cinecenta Theater September 24 & 25 at 7:00 pm
Penticton at Okanagan College - Nov 17, 2014
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Cycle to the Sacred
last summer we shared a few shorts we put together of our time in Northern BC, with the Tahltan First Nations helping them in resistance against mining projects in the heart of their traditional territory, where 3 of the largest Salmon bearing rivers in North America begin. This year, we continue to work in solidarity with the Tahltan, and a few friends of ours are cycling from Vancouver to The Sacred Headwaters.
For lots more information and to contribute https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/cycle-to-the-sacred--2 Beyond Boarding
Surf & Science - Tofino
July 14 & 28 & Aug 14 & 28
Join the Surf Sisters & Marine Biologist Ariane Batic for a marine ecology experience in the morning & an afternoon surf lesson
explore the Tofino Botanical Gardens with Dr. Dayna Baumeister
June 26, 2014
The Tofino Botanical Gardens and the Raincoast Education Society invite you to explore the gardens with biomimics as your guides! Come discover the gardens with Dr. Dayna Baumeister and 20 students from the world-renowned master's program for Certified Biomimicry Professionals.
When: Thursday, June 26
Where: Tofino Botanical Gardens Ecolodge
Cost: $5 suggested donation
For more info: 250-725-1220
Seaweeds of the West Coast with instructor Dr Bridgette Clarkston
Tofino - July 11-13, 2014
Join instructor Dr Bridgette Clarkston and the Raincoast Education Society for an introduction to the wonderful world of West Coast Seaweeds on the weekend of July 11-13, 2014.
This 3-day field course, based out of the Tofino Botanical Gardens, will cover the following topics:
Introduction to seaweeds - what are they, and what is their role in coastal ecology?
Biodiversity and ecology of west coast seaweeds
Essentials of collecting and identifying seaweeds in the fieldâ€¨
Seaweed foraging and the relationship between seaweeds and peoplee
Pressing and preserving seaweeds
About the instructor:
Dr Bridgette Clarkston is a seaweed biologist and science education consultant with Experience-Based Education. Her interests include seaweed biodiversity, outdoor education, science communication and photography. Connect with her on Twitter (@funnyfishes) and her website (bridgetteclarkston.com)
For more information on this course, and to register, visit the course webpage:
You don't need to be a birder to treat yourself to a delicious brunch in support of the Raincoast Education Society and the 17th Annual Tofino Shorebird Festival. Tickets are $40/pp, and the event is on Sunday April 13, 2014 from 11:00am - 1:00pm.
The 17th Annual Tofino Shorebird Festival is almost here! This year’s festival includes a full range of events for birders of all levels: guest talks from local researchers, a guided kayak birding tour, a guided voyage to see the birds of Cleland Island, and more!
Birds of the West Coast weekend field-course with instructor Dr. Barb Beasley
Tofino, May 9-11, 20
This weekend course (taught in Tofino, BC, in the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO biosphere reserve) will introduce participants to the unique adaptations and ecology of West Coast birds. This three-day, field-based course will focus on:
Beyond wings and feathers, what makes a bird a bird? Why are we so fascinated with them?
Exploring the behavior and ecology of:
Songbirds of the coastal temperate rain forest
Migrating shorebirds on the coastal mudflats and beaches
Seabirds and their near shore nesting islands
Learning how to identify birds in the field by sight and sound
Breakfast and Lunch are provided on Saturday and Sunday.
Participants need to bring a pair of binoculars.
$280 incl tax/person
In his presentation, Craig will discuss the need to re-imagine how we think about healthy salmon populations and why, at a time of unprecedented environmental change, it is time for collaboration rather than conflict if we aim to conserve this iconic species. Salmon health has too long been focused on finding the ‘smoking gun’ that will explain why some runs are declining. Craig will discuss why a ‘health-first’ agenda might be a more effective approach to salmon recovery in our changing world.
Dr. Craig Stephen is the director of the Centre for Coastal Health in Nanaimo. The Centre is a non-profit organization that looks at health issues at the interface of people, animals and their shared environment. Craig is a veterinarian with a PhD in epidemiology. He has worked extensively in Canada and around the world looking at how we can prevent environmental risks and promote healthy populations by applying collaborative approaches that cross species and disciplines. His work has involved several fish and wildlife projects including work on salmon health in BC such as being a scientific advisor to the Cohen Commission into the Disappearance of Fraser River Sockeye Salmon and being a health advisor to the World Wildlife Fund’s Salmon Aquaculture Dialogue. Craig was the fish health veterinarian for over 10 years for the Vancouver Aquarium and now provides health advice to the Ucluelet Aquarium. Craig is a professor in the Department of Ecosystem and Public Health in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and in the Department of Community Health Science in the Department of Medicine at the University of Calgary.
The Raincoast Speaker Series is made possible with support from the District of Tofino, Jamie’s Whaling Station, Long Beach Lodge, Sea Wench Naturals, Clayoquot Biosphere Trust, and the Tofino Botanical Gardens.
For more info: 250.725.2560 or email@example.com
-Dan Harrison, Kim Johnston, and Luke Stime
Vimeo:Trailer:Northern Grease Beyond Boarding has just launched it's newest trailer for Northern Grease. It's got some surfing on the island. Songs in the trailer are : "drifting" by John middleton and "rain drops in the cold" by Red Ceder
Northern Grease follows Tamo Campos, John Muirhead and Jasper Snow Rosen as they travel in a vegetable oil fueled bus throughout British Columbia and Alberta. The boys, on a mission to understand Canadian resource extraction projects, visit industrial towns, interview the people involved with and affected by resource extraction, and learn about some of the problems presented by practices like fracking and coal mining.
They find a complex and disturbing landscape, against which environmental stewardship is threatened by misinformation and biased marketing. Along the way, the boys spend time with the people who, using alternative and renewable energy sources, lead lifestyles that present solutions. All in all, Northern Grease tells a story of awareness, criticism, and forward thinking, against a backdrop of our country’s beautiful wilderness and fascinating people.
Please join the Raincoast Education Society, this Saturday Feb. 1st at the Ucluelet Community Center for the 2nd annual Ucluelet Re-Skilling Festival. We have a great lineup of workshops which are all free and require no pre-registration. All workshops will be held in the classrooms and kitchen of the Center from 10 am - 5 pm. The schedule is included this email as well as available on our website at: http://raincoasteducation.org/events/raincoast-re-skilling-festival
10:00 am - 10:45 am: Wooden Bow Making - with Dan Law
11:00 am - 11:30 am: Yogurt Making - with April Robson
11:40 am - 12:00 pm: Building Transferrable Skills - with Alberni Valley Employment
12:00 pm - 12:15 pm: Making Nut Milks - with Lindsay Renton
12:15 pm - 12:30 pm: Health Talk on Fermentation - with Lindsay Renton
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm: The Healing Powers of Kombucha - with Christiane Watson
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm: Making Kefir - with Cindy Hutchinson & Janine Croxall
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm: Making Kimchi - with Janine Croxall
2:15 pm - 3:00 pm: Pasta Making - with Kasia Kromka
4:30 pm - 5:00 pm: Rope Making - with Darryl Keeble
About The Raincoast Re-Skilling Festivals
The Raincoast Re-Skilling Festival is designed to provide local residents with the skills to begin the transition away from a globalized, fossil-fuel dependent community towards a more localized, self-reliant community. The Re-Skilling Festival provides space to share knowledge about specific skill-sets and to highlight individuals, organizations, and businesses in our communities that have teachable and important skills.
Hundreds of communities throughout the world are actively engaged in re-designing their futures by re-structuring their energy systems around local resources and by re-skilling local residents to develop diversified, local and resilient communities. As remote, west coast communities, we are especially vulnerable to the risks associated with overdependence on foreign markets; therefore, it is essential that we begin providing opportunities for the re-skilling of local residents immediately.
The Festival showcase the knowledge that our communities already have as well as identify potential knowledge gaps. Re-skilling is not a quick fix, but rather a commitment to the long-term process of re-creating resilient communities. Learning these skills takes time and now is a good time to start.
Raincoast Speaker Series:Crossing the Atlantic by Rowboat with Markus Pukonen
Tofino, Jan 16 & 23, 2014
Four Oars and 4800 KMs:Crossing the Atlantic by Rowboat and Disappearing in the Bermuda Triangle with Markus Pukonen
DATE: Thursday, January 23rd, 2014
TIME: 7:30 pm
WHERE: Darwin's Cafe in the Tofino Botanical Gardens
DATE: Thursday, January 16th, 2014
TIME: 7:30 pm
WHERE: Darwin's Cafe in the Tofino Botanical Gardens
Markus will share stories, photos, and video from his recent attempt to row across the Atlantic Ocean 5800 kms from Dakar, Senegal to Miami, USA. As a member of the Canadian Wildlife Federation Africa to the Americas Expedition, Markus joined forces with the Oar Northwest team with a mission to gather oceanographic, physiologic, and physical data and use the adventure as a means of educating and inspiring children. He spent 72 days at sea before capsizing in rough seas 650km north of Puerto Rico.
The Raincoast Speaker Series is made possible with support from the District of Tofino, Jamie’s Whaling Station, Long Beach Lodge, Sea Wench Naturals, and the Tofino Botanical Gardens. Poster attached. Speaker Series webpage: http://raincoasteducation.org/education-programs/speaker-series
Raincoast Speaker Series:Life Without Plastic with Taina Uitto
Dec 4, 2013
LIFE WITHOUT PLASTIC with Taina Uitto
DATE: Wednesday, December 4, 2013
TIME: Doors 7:00 pm, Presentation 7:30 pm
WHERE: Ecolodge Classroom in the Tofino Botanical Gardens
Does the bag monster that dwells under your sink scare you? Does the idea of the Pacific Garbage Patch keep you up at night? Tired of creating so much garbage and ready to tame that unruly consumer? So many good reasons to consider reducing the amount of plastic in your life...or to go plastic free!
Please join Taina Uitto and the Raincoast Education Society for the third event of the 2013-2014 Raincoast Speaker Series.Going on her fourth year of living plastic-free, Taina has plenty of stories that will educate, inspire, and entertain. Taina has a Masters Degree in environmental conservation, and is the author of the popular blog Plastic Manners, as well as the Director-Producer of the upcoming film From the Waste Up.
The Raincoast Speaker Series is made possible with support from the District of Tofino, Jamie’s Whaling Station, the Tofino Botanical Gardens, Sea Wench Botanicals, and event sponsor, Ocean Village.
Oil-Free Coast - Presented by Raincoast Conservation Foundation
in Nanaimo, Victoria, Vancouver, Whistler - Nov 25-28, 2013
Groundswell does another lap of Southern BC!
With a decision on Enbridge's Northern Gateway due in weeks, now is a
critical time to rally for our coast. In response, Raincoast has organized
another round of film screenings. Join Raincoast whose Captain Brian
Falconer will provide a behind the scenes look at the making of
Groundswell and expert insight on the risk tankers pose. This will be
followed by the movie itself and a discussion about what we can do to keep
BC's coast oil-free.
Hidden Costs of bottled water and how it affects our health and the environment I'm a contributor for the Hidden Costs Video Series doing research on bottled water and how it affects our health and the environment. Whether the issue is growing landfills or cancer causing compounds; bottled water is an $11.7 billion problem that can be solved.
Vimeo:a video of a protest in the Sacred Headwaters that we took place in, We spent 6 weeks with the Tahltan First Nations in northwestern BC in the headwaters of the Skeena, Stikine, and Nass rivers, 3 of the biggest salmon bearing streams in North America. Their dedication to protecting their backyard where they hunt and gather foods was inspiring to say the least. Fortune minerals from Ontario, is currently in the works of an open pit coal mine in the heart of the Headwaters, which would compromise the entire pristine area. We stood up with the people, and shut down their 2 drill sites, halting their work for 2 weeks, until eventually taking over their camp. Fortune decided to pull out for the year, but claim they will return in the spring. The Tahltan will be waiting for them......
Northern Grease from BeyondBoarding Northern Grease is a film documenting a carbon neutral vegetable oil-powered bus trip 5,211km across Alberta and BC in an effort to showcase the destructive nature of the various industrial projects which B.C. and First Nations communities are currently facing. The trip follows snowboarders; Tamo Campos, Jasper Snow Rosen and John Muirhead as they aim to educate and spread awareness of the threats that face these parts of Canada. The film will inspire audiences to act as they see these athletes actively working on solutions, and taking leadership to effect change in the problems they find. Even though they live in a bus the riders take part in a lifestyle that includes carbon neutral travel, going plastic free, eating sustainable food, signing petitions, writing letters to MPs, voting, and participating in local activist communities.. The film showcases talent and entertainment, while promoting leadership and action on the issues at hand.
Paula Wild - The Cougar:Raincoast Speaker Series
Tofino Botanical Gardens, Oct 8, 2013
The Raincoast Education Society and Mermaid Tales Bookshop are pleased to present
Paula Wild - The Cougar: Beautiful, Wild and Dangerous
When: Tuesday, October 8th, Doors at 7:00 pm, Presentation at 7:30 pm.
Where: Clayoquot Sound Community Theatre (380 Campbell St)
Please join us for Paula Wild's presentation about her new book, The Cougar: Beautiful, Wild and Dangerous.
The west coast of Vancouver Island is a hot spot of cougar activity, and several stories from The Cougar take place in Tofino. The book is a blend of natural history, First Nations stories, and personal accounts. It shows how Canadians' views of cougars have changed over time, through First Nations mythology, the earliest recorded accounts of cougar attacks and the fear they provoked, stories that have come from cougars kept in captivity, or else wandering unexpectedly into cities and populated areas, as well as cougar attack hot spots, and even a cougar safety checklist. There are also some amazing photos of cougars in the book that Paula will be showcasing in her presentation. One of Paula's main points in the book is that co-existing with cougars isn't about fear, it's about education. Poster attached.
a Pacific Northwest coal project is threatening the global environment on a scale greater than the Keystone Pipeline, but most people have never heard of it. Momenta, a documentary collaboration between Plus M Productions (The First 70) and Protect Our Winters, shares the story of the people living along the coal export trail and the project's global environmental implications.
Since American demand for coal is declining, the American coal industry has turned its attention to rapidly expanding Asian markets. The plan is to extract 140 million pounds of coal per year from the Powder River Basin and ship it overseas via deep-water ports in Washington and Oregon.
Through thoughtful interviewing and breathtaking cinematography, the documentary unveils the coal project's devastating potential. The project will be followed by a strong grassroots effort to engage the community to take action against the proposed construction of the export terminals.
Please join the Raincoast Education Society & West Coast Aquatic for a public talk about Rockfish Fisheries: Ecology & Conservation, on Thursday
June 6th at 8pm in the Harbour Lounge, Marine West. The presentation will be lead by Dr. Alejandro Frid, a conservation ecologist interested in how fisheries affect the structure and function of marine ecosystems.
Raincoast Speaker Series:CBC Radio's Bob McDonald: Perspectives on a Planet
Tofino May 13, 2013
Please join the Raincoast Education Society for the final event of the 2012-2013 Raincoast Speaker Series:
CBC Radio's Bob McDonald: Perspectives on a Planet
When: Monday, May 13th - Doors at 7:30 pm, Talk at 8:00 pm
Where: Tofino Community Hall
The Earth is only one planet in a family of eight circling a fairly average star. Recent findings suggest that all the stars we see in our galaxy likely have planets, which means they are probably very common throughout the universe. Yet, in our great search of the skies, we have yet to come up with another Earth. This illustrated presentation will underline how precious and rare our planet is, a miracle that we are even here.
Bob McDonald is most widely known as the host of CBC Radio's National Science Show: Quirks & Quarks. Bob is one of Canada's best known science journalists, and has been presenting the program since 1992. Bob is also a regular science commentator on CBC News Network, and science correspondent for CBC TV's The National. Bob has been awarded 6 honourary doctorates, and in November 2011, Bob was made an Officer to the Order of Canada.
The Raincoast Speaker Series is sponsored in part by the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust, the District of Tofino and Jamie's Whaling Station. Event sponsors for this talk also include The Wickaninnish Inn and Sea Wench Naturals.
Please join the Raincoast Education Society for the following upcoming events:
1) Speaker Series: Joe Gaydos - Restoring the Salish Sea
When: Thursday, April 18th, 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Where: Ecolodge Classroom in the Tofino Botanical Gardens
Cost: $5 suggested donation
The Salish Sea is a 17,000 square kilometer inland sea shared by British Columbia and Washington State. Home to 37 mammal, 172 bird, 249 fish and well over 3,000 macroinvertebrate species, it is a hotbed of marine biodiversity. Like the Tofino region, it also is faced with challenges like development, marine shipping, climate change and ocean acidification. Joe Gaydos, Chief Scientist for the Sea Doc Society, will present an overview of the way cool creatures of the region and what is being done to restore the ecosystem.
To learn more about our speaker series and upcoming speakers, please visit: http://raincoasteducation.org/education-programs/speaker-series The Raincoast Speaker Series is sponsored in part by the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust, the District of Tofino and Jamie's Whaling Station. Event sponsors for this talk also include Emerald Forest B&B, Sea Wench Naturals and the Tofino Botanical Gardens.
2) The Brunch for the Birds at the Pointe Restaurant
When: Sunday, April 28th, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Where: Salal Room at the Pointe Restaurant, Wickaninnish Inn
You don't need to be a birder to treat yourself to a delicious brunch in support of the Raincoast Education Society and the 16th Annual Tofino Shorebird Festival. This event is generously sponsored by the Wickanninish Inn and the Pointe Restaurant with all proceeds supporting Raincoast Education Society programs.
For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact the Raincoast Education Society at 725-2560 or firstname.lastname@example.org
(space is limited and this event sells out quickly!)
For more information, visit our website (raincoasteducation.org), call (250-725-2560) or email us (email@example.com). We look forward to seeing you at the events.
Chris Darimont:Relationships among carnivores, salmon and people in the Great Bear Rainforest
Tofino Botanical Gardens, April 5, 2013
Chris Darimont: Sharing the Wealth - Relationships among carnivores, salmon and people in the Great Bear Rainforest
When: Friday, April 5, 2013, 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Where: Ecolodge Classroom in the Tofino Botanical Gardens
Cost: $5 suggested donation
The Great Bear Rainforest, on BC's central and north coast, is blessed with one of the last strongholds of wild Pacific salmon on the planet. Each year, this predictable, safe, and nutritious resource becomes available to carnivores, like grizzly bears, black bears and wolves, who in turn make the remains available to most other life in salmon-bearing watersheds. Salmon also remains important to people. These fish in part spawned large and resilient societies of our coast's indigenous people over millennia. More recently, salmon also support commerical and sports-fishing industries. In an era of dwindling runs and an uncertain future, how can this silvery wealth of the coast be shared among all these recipients? Chris Darimont will ask this question and bring to life the research of his group and his colleagues.
Chris Darimont is a professor in the Geography Department at UVic and directs science for the Raincoast Conservation Foundation (raincoast.org). He has worked in the Great Bear Rainforest and with its people since 1999. As an award-winning author, subject of several documentary films and educator, he takes great delight in speaking to, and with, people of our precious BC coast.
The Raincoast Speaker Series is sponsored in part by the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust, the District of Tofino and Jamie's Whaling Station. Event sponsors for this talk also include Pacific Sands Beach Resort, Sea Wench Naturals and the Tofino Botanical Gardens.
For more information, visit our website (http://raincoasteducation.org/), call (250-725-2560) or email us (firstname.lastname@example.org). We look forward to seeing you at the event. Poster attached.
-Dan Harrison and Kim Johnston
Ken Denman: Ocean Acidification and the Effects on Marine Ecosystems
Tofino Botanical Gardens, March 7th
Please join the Raincoast Education Society for the fourth event of the 2012-2013 Raincoast Speaker Series:
Ken Denman: Ocean Acidification and the Effects on Marine Ecosystems
Since the Industrial Revolution humans have added almost 1400 billion metric tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, primarily from burning fossil fuels. The amount of this carbon dioxide remaining in the atmosphere has increasing the total concentration by over 1/3, from about 280 parts per million (ppm) to over 390 ppm. The increase in this and other greenhouse gases from human activities is changing the climate. Over 40% of this 'new' carbon dioxide has ended up in the ocean, causing the surface ocean to become more acidic. In response to changes in climate and in ocean acidification, marine ecosystems are changing in various ways. We will look at observed and expected changes in the ocean off the west coast of Canada and at potential impacts on local marine ecosystems.
Ken Denman is a Professor in the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences at the University of Victoria and Chief Scientist for the Victoria Experimental Network Under the Sea (VENUS) [venus.uvic.ca]. His main scientific interest is understanding how marine ecosystems will respond to climate change. He has been a Chapter Coordinator for the Second (1996) and Fourth (2007) Assessments of Climate Change by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
The Raincoast Speaker Series is sponsored in part by the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust, the District of Tofino and Jamie's Whaling Station. Event sponsors for this talk also include Middle Beach Lodge, Sea Wench Naturals and the Tofino Botanical Gardens.
For more info:
Dan and KIm
Raincoast Education Society
PO Box 815
Tofino BC V0R 2Z0
Once in 15,000 Years: A critical look at Enbridge's risk analysis
Tofino - Nov 29, 2012
Please join the Raincoast Education Society for the second presentation of our 2012-2013 Raincoast Speaker Series:
Once in 15,000 Years: A critical look at Enbridge's risk analysis with Brian Falconer
Clayoquot Sound Community Theatre, Tofino Thursday, November 29th, 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm Cost: $5 suggested donation
Please join Brian Falconer and the Raincoast Education Society for the second event of the 2012-
2013 Raincoast Speaker Series. Brian Falconer is the Raincoast Conservation Foundation's Director
of Marine Operations and a licensed maritime captain whose 35+ years navigating the B.C. and Alaskan
coasts make him uniquely qualified to address and discuss the threats of oil tankers along the
coast. Brian's talk will focus on the science behind his risk analysis of the proposed northern gateway
pipeline, which addresses Enbridge's claim that the chance of a major spill occurring on the coast
from giant oil tankers would be “once in 15,000 years”.
The Raincoast Speaker Series is supported by the District of Tofino, the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust, Jamie's Whaling Station, and Ocean Village.
For more info:
Dan and KIm
Raincoast Education Society
PO Box 815
Tofino BC V0R 2Z0
Raincoast Re-Skilling Festival [free Workshops]
Tofino, Sept 22, 2012
Please join the Raincoast Education Society THIS SATURDAY for the Raincoast Re-Skilling Festival in Tofino! When: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Where: TOFINO BOTANICAL GARDENS, 1084 Pacific Rim Hwy.
Workshops (No Registration Required):
10:00 am - 10:30 am: Composting (Louise Rogers)
10:30 am - 11:00 am: Raising Chickens (George Patterson)
11:00 am - 12:00 pm: Cedar Weaving (Mary Martin)
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm: Traditional Foods (John Rampanen)
5:00 pm - 5:15 pm: Shaving Horse Construction (Phil Reimers)
Booths: (Where businesses, non-profits, and entrepreneurs will have information related to important skills and trades).
TOF Cycles , Osa Craft, Coastal Community Credit Union, Green Soul Organics, and Coastal Family Resource Coalition.
*The Tofino Re-Skilling Festival will have a Children's Corner where games and activities will be available for kids to give parents the opportunity to attend workshops. The Children's Corner will be open from 10am - 5:30pm
We look forward to seeing you this weekend!
Raincoast Education Society
PO Box 815
Tofino BC V0R 2Z0
An Evening With Wolves - Tofino and Ucluelet Public Lectures
March 27 & 28, 2012
Please join the Raincoast Education Society for a captivating and interactive evening with wolf educator Gary Allan and his pet wolf Tundra. Due to recent wolf activity in the region we have received increased interest about this talk and are, therefore, offering presentations in both Tofino and Ucluelet. The evening will include a presentation by Gary and Tundra focused on wolf behavior (e.g., pack dynamics, predation, mating and reproduction), wolf conservation issues in BC as well as cultural and mythical perceptions of wolves. Following the presentation, Gary will be available for questions and everyone in attendance will have the opportunity to meet Tundra the wolf. See information below:
Date : Tuesday, March 27th
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Location: Ecolodge Classroom at the Tofino Botanical Gardens, 1084 Pacific Rim Hwy., Tofino
Admission: By Donation
Date : Wednesday, March 28th
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Location: Ucluelet Community Centre, 500 Matterson Dr., Ucluelet
Admission: By Donation
Event Sponsors: Raincoast Education Society, Black Rock Oceanfront Resort, Jamie's Whaling Station, Ocean Village Resort, Tofino Botanical Gardens Foundation, Ucluelet Community Centre
We will screen a few local short movies and will have the trailer of what will be the "The waters Edge" movie.
Some amazing prints from Local photogs:Dean Azim, Jeremy Koreski and our friends Chris Hannant and Sachi Cunninghan were also donnated to be auctioned in the days event.
Chris Hannant is working on the video Preview and as a very talented photog/filmaker the documentary will be totally on what we have done,are doing and will do in the next visit to Barra.
Surfing is definetly part of it,but more than that are the actions that the waters edge is taking into making the project a big success.
The involvement of all local artists, surfrider foundation,many sponsors and local communites from Canada are the reason why we are making tons of progress.
In the next few weeks we will have a blog and a new website that will be updated with all info about the waters edge.
We will also have during our trip to Mex an everyday diary that will show our actions and moves during our next visit to Barra.
Carol-Anne Thacker will be our blogger.With a lot of experience in social media and writing,Carol Anne will pass to all waters edge fans and internet friends what is happening day by day in the community of Barra. Photos will come along with words to get people more involved and aware of what is being done. From your computer screen it will be almost like you are there with us.
The Waters Edge Project - Water bottles
Like, support, join the waters edge project.
We are working on making a lot of changes in our next visit.
All projects that are done with the community of Barra, do have the approval of the comunity.
We are making sure we can make a difference, but we are also doing according to the community needs.
The waters Edge has an unique focus,but with our friends,sponsors,supporters we are sure to get much further.
Greetings! Drew Kampion [www.drewkampion.com] here, with a question:Do you remember a time before plastic?
Gerry Lopez does; his recollection is below, and I'm hoping you have a before-and-after story in you, too.
Do you remember when you walked the high-tide line collecting puka shells, bits of glass or maybe even a glass float, twisted sea-smoothed pieces of wood ... all that magical detritus. And then one day you were noticing pieces of plastic lacing that ocean margin - chunks of Styrofoam, frayed lengths of colorful plastic rope, "disposable" lighters, you name it. This was a different kind of detritus, and something in us knew that something important had changed, and something inside of us changed, too, seeing that plastic pollution there on the beach.
Please, read Gerry's story, and, after you do, I'm hoping you'll be inspired to write an account of your own experiences of the coming of the age of plastic pollution.
We're looking for your personal before-and-after story - a glimpse into how your world was before plastic and how you first came to realize that something big had changed. Can be long, can be short, must be true.
Email your stories to: email@example.com
Like Gerry's, your story could end up on the Patagonia website or in one of their catalogs, or somewhere else where the folks at the Plastic Pollution Coalition can imagine your story having the best possible impact on the global awareness of this extremely toxic and destructive plague that is threatening to overwhelm much of life on Earth.
You never know. Maybe it will be your story that inspires someone to make the small changes in their lives that will create the ripple effect that kicks off a sea change that leads to the paradigm shift that must happen, for the sake of us all. You never know, so ... go for it!
What a Mess
By Gerry Lopez
I spent a lot of time surfing a spot in Indonesia called G-Land. Remotely located on the edge of the Alas Purwo National Park on the southeastern tip of Java, it was, relatively speaking, far from civilization. Actually, as the Indonesian sea-eagle flies, it was only about 15 kilometers from the nearest village but with the terrain and local inhabitants in between, it might as well have been a million miles. Residents of that area included the Java Tiger, herds of wild boars, the Indonesian Wild Water Buffalo, the Komodo Dragon, more deadly snakes than one could shake a stick at ... well, I often wondered what I was doing out there with no more protection that a few surfboards. In the mid to late 1970's, we were permitted to build a temporary camp with some bamboo tree houses and a shack to cook in. The lack of human presence made the beaches, the only area we frequented, absolutely pristine. We brought our drinking water in glass bottles, the only containers available at that time. We dug latrines out in the jungle and burned all our garbage. When the coming of the monsoons heralded the end of the surf season, we left.
When we returned the next year, it was like no one had ever been there. One time, we discovered a mound of rubber slippers in a little nook of one of the rocky sections along the shore. Except for some broken pieces of wood that could have been part of a boat or some huge teak log with sawn ends, there was nothing else to indicate the hand of man. The wood we salvaged to use for our camp and the slippers came in handy to walk out on the exposed reef if we got too impatient to wait for the high tide to come in. I remember how, back in Bali, instead of using tape to secure a package, tied coconut leaves or vines served the purpose. The natural functioning and simplicity of the G-Land camping made me endeavor to leave as few as tracks and as small a wake as possible, in a figurative way of living.
We enjoyed that simplistic surf camp lifestyle for about 3 more seasons. Then one year, the water came in plastic bottles, not the glass ones anymore. In the ferry towns of Banyuwangi and Gilimanuk on the Bali side, we noticed that food sold to those awaiting the ferries, previously wrapped in banana leaf, now came in plastic bags. When we got to the fishing village of Grajagan, we saw the shoreline littered with plastic garbage. A fishing boat dropped us ashore on the far side of the bay and, at first, it looked as though the area around our surf camp was as devoid of humanity as ever. Later on, when we walked further up the beach to paddle out to the break, where the high tide swirled the flotsam and jetsam, we hung our heads in shame. By nautical definition, flotsam is the floating wreckage or cargo of a ship; jetsam is something jettisoned to lighten a ship's load. Either would seem to have a place washed ashore on this Robinson Crusoe-like beach but what we found was neither. Instead, it was simply trash, almost entirely of plastic packaging of some sort. Clear or colored, somehow it seemed infinitely more dirty and unwelcome than the rubber slippers from season's past. When we asked our camp boys to help us gather this rubbish and burn it, they looked at us as if we had completely lost our minds.
For several years, the Canadian Cancer Society and its partners have been advocating for strong, province-wide restrictions on the sale or use of pesticides for non-essential purposes. They state that "pesticides have been linked to non-Hodgkin lymphoma, adult and childhood leukemia, brain, kidney, pancreatic, prostate, and some lung cancers, and studies show the children are more vulnerable". Others argue that the science supporting these claims is weak, and that “the approval system for pesticides uses a precautionary approach that provides a stringent standard of protection to human health and the environment – before a pesticide is allowed to be used or sold in Canada, it must undergo a rigorous scientific assessment process which provides reasonable certainty that no harm will occur when pesticides are used according to label directions.”
The Association of Wetland Stewards for Clayoquot and Barkley Sounds is a non-profit charitable organization aimed at promoting the stewardship of wetlands - bogs, ponds, swamps, marshes and the fringes of large lakes, and the life that these places support. Such life includes microorganisms, special plants, fish, frogs, salamanders, birds, small mammals, and indirectly, humans, of course. Hishuk ish t'sawalk: everything is connected, everything is one. We recommend stopping the use of cosmetic pesticides for many reasons, and especially because it seems people don't always read label directions. Most pesticide product labels state: "do not use near water". Yet, wildlife toxicology studies show that commonly used house and garden pesticides sometimes reach streams and wetlands where they kill fish, cause deformities in frogs and salamanders, and upset the ecosystem. We need to be considerably more cautious than we have been in the past. True precautionary action is to stop the use of pesticides for non-essential cosmetic purposes. We can still use pesticides when necessary to promote ecosystem health and human safety, such as the eradication of invasive species or human diseases, but only after the risks have been weighed. We encourage all levels of government to support research and development of safer alternatives.
The District of Tofino and 35 other municipalities across B.C. have adopted bylaws to ban the use of pesticides for cosmetic purposes. The government is considering Province-wide legislation. They are accepting input until Friday December 16th.
Sitka and Pacific Wild Release Online ‘Tipping Barrels’ a film by Ben Gulliver
Victoria, BC Canada Sitka and Pacific Wild, a non-profit conservation organization, are excited about the release of ‘Tipping Barrels’ a film by Ben Gulliver. ‘Tipping Barrels’ is a unique combination of surfing and environmental journalism that follows surfers Arran and Reid Jackson on a trip into the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest, where they learn more about the region and the issues confronting it.
The main issue presented in the film is Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline, which would pump crude oil from Alberta to Kitimat, on the North Coast of British Columbia. Here it would be loaded onto super tankers bound for markets in Asia and the U.S. Over 225 super tankers a year would transit the narrow waterways that make up the Great Bear Rainforest, putting one of the Earth’s most ecologically sensitive and intact ecosystems at risk of an oil spill.
The video accompanies other efforts by Sitka to bring awareness to the proposed pipeline, such as donating the profits from past clothing designs and an upcoming t-shirt designed with Stan Robinson to the efforts against the proposal. Sitka also recently held a fundraiser in their Victoria shop with photos by Ian McAllister, Thomas Peschak and Michael Reid displayed as part of a silent auction. There will be a similar event in Sitka’s Vancouver store soon.
Sitka and Pacific Wild stand together with First Nations groups and thousands of concerned citizens, in the effort to keep the Great Bear Rainforest oil tanker free. They invite everyone concerned about the future of B.C.’s coast to watch the film and help spread the word. If you would like to make a donation, you can do so through Tides Canada at http://tidescanada.org/support/pacific-wild/.
OceanGybe Presentations around Victoria/Vancouver
For all of you who are around Vancouver/Victoria, BC, Canada; the OceanGybe crew will be doing a series of public events to help spread our message of plastic pollution in our oceans and raise funds for a western Canada high/junior school tour in the Fall '10. These have been long promised and now they are coming !
An introduction to OceanGybe:
The OceanGybe Expedition is a global sustainable sailing expedition to explore the remote coastlines of the world, in search of adventure and garbage. Our goal is to bring awareness to the vast tracts of undocumented ocean pollution that afflicts every coastline and affects the peoples who depend on them for survival. Over the past two years, Hugh Patterson, Ryan and Bryson Robertson have been sailing around the world documenting the polluted state of our oceans and the isolated beaches due to plastic and other detritus. They have sailed some 45 000 ocean km, visited almost 30 different countries, crossed the three major oceans of the world and presented their findings and ocean conservation message to thousands of school children globally.
Details for Vancouver/Victoria below:
On Nov 4th, we will be in Victoria at the Sitka Surfboards Store (538 Yates Str), and Lucky Bar. The show starts at 6pm at Sitka, where we will be doing a slideshow, auction and meet/greet. This is also the Sitka Customer Appreciation Evening, so good to deals to be found on everything! At 8pm we will be wandering over to Lucky Bar for the OceanGybe Presentation part of the evening. At 10pm , we will slowly slide from the spotlight and the premier of "Modern Collective" will begin. Modern Collective is a new Taylor Steele globe-trotting movie event. Tickets are $10 and available from Sitka, or at the door; includes access to Canadian "Modern Collective" Premier.
Also at each show, we will be auctioning off a Sitka Surfboard and Clothing pack (www.sitkasurfboards.com), a Globe clothing pack (www.globe.tv), a Livity Clothing Pack (www.livity.org), a week of sailing on SV Khulula (www.oceangybe.com) and a series of incredible beautiful pictures from all over the world ! All proceeds will help fund a Western Canada junior/high school tour in the Fall ’10.
Come to learn, come to look, come to listen, come to have a good time...
OceanGybe Update: August 2010
OceanGybe Update: August 2010
VICTORIA: In the summer of 2007 three UVic grads began their dream of a three-year circumnavigation of the globe with an aim of raising awareness about plastic pollution in the oceans. It’s been a voyage of exploration, research, education, and epic surfing. Their dream to circumnavigate the globe to document the state of the oceans and beaches they visit, while searching out all the best waves has become reality.
On Monday, July 18th the OceanGybe Expedition will but throwing off dock lines and heading out to The Great Pacific vortex of plastic, and finally home to British Columbia, a blue water journey of approximately 5 000km. In conjunction with the Algulita Foundation, the crew will be performing surface manta trawls, visual observations, and underwater photography/film of the Eastern Garbage Patch. All samples taken and the data recorded will be used by the Algulita Foundation, The 5 Gyres Project researchers, Scripps Institute of Oceanography students and the Surfrider Foundation to update current models detailing the extent of the plastic scourge in this portion of the gyre.
This portion of the expedition will be documented by Victoria filmmaker Arwen Hunter of Gamut Productions, who is producing a web series and documentary of the entire expedition in collaboration with Oak Bay Johnny Productions. The webisode series will be launching along with a fresh new website August 1st.
Over the past 6 months, the OceanGybe Expedition has sailed the pacific coast from the Panama Canal to San Diego, meeting with NGO’s (The Surfrider Foundation, Coastkeeper, Paso Pacifico, Terra Nosta, AGI Surf), giving their presentation on ocean pollution to over 1100 students and were the "stars" of a three-part investigative documentary aired on National Costa Rican television.
For more details about the OceanGybe Expedition, our garbage research or collaboration ideas, please contact us or visitwww.oceangybe.com for more information.
View the trailer online at www.youtube.com/oceangybe
OceanGybe is a global sailing expedition to explore the remote coastlines of the world, in search of
garbage, adventure and ocean waves. We aspire to bring awareness to the vast tracts of undocumented
ocean pollution that afflicts these coastlines and affects the peoples who depend on them for survival. It
is an expedition to promote change. Change in both the direction of this great planet, towards a more
sustainable and aware future, but also in ourselves.
- Hugh Patterson, Bryson Robertson and Ryan Robertson