Science and Conservation
Raincoast is a team of conservationists and scientists empowered by our research to protect the lands, waters and wildlife of coastal British Columbia. We use rigorous, peer-reviewed science and community engagement to further our conservation objectives. We call this approach ‘informed advocacy’. As a charitable, non-profit conservation science organization that operates a research lab, research field station and a research/sailing vessel, we are unique in Canada.
Since 1990, we have been making progress toward our habitat and wildlife protection goals. Our on-the-ground presence has given us a deep-rooted understanding of BC’s vast coastline. We work in partnership with scientists, First Nations, local communities and NGOs to build support for decisions that protect marine and rainforest habitat on BC’s coast.
Raincoast conducts applied, process-oriented, and hypothesis-driven research that has immediate and relevant utility for the conservation debate and our collective body of scientific knowledge. Our in-house scientists collaborate with graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and professors to produce high-quality peer-reviewed publications.
We have a research lab at the University of Victoria, Raincoast Applied Conservation Science Lab, operate a research field station on Denny Island, own and operate a 70’ steel Transport Canada-certified research vessel, Achiever, and maintain speed-boats suitable for research in a range of coastal conditions. Overhead for university costs is kept below 5%.
Our vision for coastal British Columbia is to protect the habitats and resources of umbrella species. We believe this approach will help ensure the survival of all species and ecological processes that exist at different scales.
- We investigate to understand coastal species and processes.
- We inform by bringing science to decision makers and communities.
- We inspire action to protect wildlife and their wilderness habitats.
Canada’s Raincoast at Risk – Art for an Oil-Free Coast
The 160-page book, now on its second printing, highlights the art pieces, most of which are originals, from 50 incredible Canadian and First Nation artists like Robert Bateman, Robert Davidson, Craig Benson, Carol Evans, Lissa Calvert and Roy Henry Vickers. The art is featured with writings from esteemed Canadian scientists such as David Suzuki, Wade Davis and Paul Paquet. All works are grouped into one of nine chapters that cover the region, the people, sea birds, land mammals, marine mammals, forests, estuaries, salmon, and the underwater marine life of Canada’s raincoast, including the Queen Charlotte Basin and the Great Bear Rainforest.