Wolf tracks along west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia
Carcass of juvenile humpback whale on beach of island in Clayoquot Sound
Racoon foraging for sand flees on beach of island in Sound
Black-tailed deer feeding on seaweed on island in Clayoquot Sound.
River otter scent marking on seaweed as tide goes out.
Black bear foraging for invertebrates in the intertidal zone by rolling rocks.
West Coast, Vancouver Island
Despite decades of conservation efforts, Clayoquot Sound, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, faces numerous severe threats to its ecological integrity including clear cut logging of roadless old growth forests, industrial Atlantic salmon fish farms, and proposed open-pit copper mining. Learn more about the region and how you can support conservation in the region at the following websites:
Atlantic salmon fish farm in Clayoquot Sound with uncut forest in background. Several rivers with no clearcuts or roads in them are seeing massive declines in salmon numbers due to sea lice and other issues associated with fish farming in the Sound. The smell is overwhelming, far worse than a dairy farm and totally shocking in such a wild setting.
Active clearcut logging in Clayquot Sound. Top of the photo is uncut oldgrowth. Bottom is regrowth from a previous clearcut.