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The California Sea Lions are starting to congregate en masse on the barge at the end of the Government Wharf in Fanny Bay. They’re preparing for “the feast” as the Pacific Herring being to run. This is the 3rd or 4th time I’ve been to visit. It’s difficult to compose a “natural” image given the barge and such so these couple of images are lent to some significant cropping.

The small silver Pacific Herring (Clupea pallasii) is considered a foundation species for the B.C. coast because of the contribution it makes as an ecosystem driver for both the marine and terrestrial realms. In early spring, the annual herring spawn provides a rush of nutrients at a critical time of year to a plethora of wildlife, including seabirds, marine mammals, wolves and bears. Herring may spawn up to ten times in their lives…. Read More

I was pleased to attend Pacific Wild’s Great Bear Wild event in Victoria on November 12th. Great organization, great turnout and support! Follow these links featuring some recent media coverage of Pacific Wild, the Great Bear Rainforest and Ian McAllister’s new book Great Bear Wild: The Great Bear Wild: Battle for One of the Last Conservation Frontiers on Planet Earth www.desmog.ca/2014/11/11/great-bear-wild-photographer-s-battle-one-last-conservation-frontiers-planet-earth One Day in ‘Great Bear Wild’ http://thetyee.ca/Culture/2014/11/08/One_Day_In_Great_Bear_Wild/The wild life of a… Read More