Center for Whale Research
The Center for Whale Research is responsible for the longest ongoing marine mammal monitoring project in the world. This organization is going on 44 years of research in the Pacific Northwest. Its biggest focus is the endangered southern resident killer whale population, which their staff and volunteers monitor from boat and land surveys. They are concerned with social, demographic, health, and geographic information of the southern residents, and provide this information to the Canadian and American governments for conservation and management.
Pacific Salmon Foundation
Pacific Salmon Foundation provides grants for stream restoration across British Columbia. Their research and government partnerships seek to conserve salmon in B.C. In addition to working with government, PSF has spearheaded watershed conservation initiatives that combine the efforts of industry, First Nations, recreational fishermen, community groups, and government.
Wild ARC (BC SPCA Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre)
The Wild ARC branch of the BC SPCA is tucked away in Metchosin, just outside of Victoria, BC. This non-profit specializes in the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned animals with the goal of releasing them back into their natural habitat. They have treated over 42,000 animals in the last two decades, and nearly 140 species each year! If you’re looking for a way to help, Wild Arc relies heavily on their volunteers to keep their centre going.
SeaLegacy takes a social approach at conservation. This organization recognizes that science alone will not preserve our oceans. Using the power of storytelling through photo, video, and social media, they turn the apathetic into the activist. They’ve taken on warming oceans in the poles, fish farms in British Columbia, whaling in Iceland, and several other ocean crises. The following quote from their 2018 impact report describes their work to a tee:
[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]“The objective of our work is to create movements and revolutions. It is to put pressure on governments, politicians, corporations, and to empower individuals to be the change they want to see.” – Paul Nicklen (Co-Founder at SeaLegacy)[/perfectpullquote]
Porpoise Conservation Society
This Burnaby, B.C. organization aims to protect the porpoises; they believe that porpoises are often overlooked due to their small size and inconspicuous behaviour. They raise public awareness concerning conservation threats, engage in research and citizen science, and take part in public education. If you are interested in protecting the ocean’s smallest cetaceans, they have several volunteer opportunities on their website.
Pacific Wild is a non-governmental organization that works to protect the wildlife and habitat of the Great Bear Rainforest. Founders Karen and Ian McAllister have been conservationists of BC wildlife and wilderness for more than 20 years. Pacific Wild was founded in 2008 to: [perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]“bring awareness and change to conservation issues in the Great Bear through powerful and accessible visual storytelling”[/perfectpullquote] Since their start, they have helped ban grizzly bear trophy hunting, prevented fish farms from expanding into the Great Bear Rainforest, and increased marine protected areas.