Pacific Wild Alliance is committed to mobilizing both U.S. and Canadian communities dedicated to protecting the unique diversity of the Pacific Northwest bioregions of North America.
Pacific Wild's current focus area is on the northern portion of the Pacific coast of Canada, an area known as the Great Bear Rainforest. Located between Bute Inlet to the south and the Alaskan panhandle to the north, this region contains a significant portion of the world's remaining intact temperate rainforest. Historically, this forest type occupied less than 0.2% of the earth's land mass and remains one of the rarest forest types on the planet.
Pacific Wild Alliance is committed to defending wildlife and their habitat by developing and implementing solution-based conservation strategies. PWA supports innovative research, public education, community outreach and awareness to achieve the goal of lasting environmental protection in the lands and waters of the Great Bear Rainforest and the correlating migratory routes of marine mammals throughout the Pacific Northwest region. PWA pursues projects and activities through three main initiatives in order to achieve our conservation goals: ocean, land and community.
The rainforest on Canada's Pacific coast supports many threatened and globally-unique marine and terrestrial species. Over two thousand separate runs of Pacific salmon intertwine through an ecosystem rich with wildlife, including genetically-distinct wolves, the all-white spirit bear, Canada's largest grizzly bears and many species of marine mammals.
Today, seventy percent of this rainforest ecosystem is unprotected and threatened with industrial logging, mining and other resource extraction proposals. Many of the planet's large carnivores are threatened and declining in numbers and range due to habitat destruction, trophy hunting and poaching. Trophy hunting of large carnivores, such as grizzly bears and wolves, is sanctioned by the British Columbia government, and currently no marine protected areas have been established. Open net-cage salmon farms, seismic testing for oil and gas reserves, unsustainable fishing practices and multiple industrial proposals that would bring tanker traffic through the region remain some of the immediate threats to the marine environment.
Internationally, scientists and conservationists continue to promote the protection of the last wild intact functioning ecosystems in an effort to safeguard biological diversity; ancient forest protection is increasingly supported in efforts to offset the impacts of global warming.
These last remnants of wilderness remain the planet’s best opportunity to safeguard species diversity over time. Large-scale and sustained opportunities for conservation of large carnivore species, such as grizzly bears and wolves, still exist on the north coast of British Columbia.
Great Bear LIVE is an innovative research program and conservation tool that transmits live wildlife video and audio streams from the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest to your personal computer. By sharing the hidden world of the Great Bear Rainforest, Pacific Wild connects people with the region we are striving to protect and educates the world about the many threats this pristine ecosystem faces.
This real-time audio and visual technology gives us unprecedented insight into wildlife behavior on a threatened coastline. Our cameras provide live video capabilities along rich river systems and outer coast islands, while our network of hydrophones streams audio from six locations from Hakai Pass to Seaforth Channel. This non-invasive approach to wildlife research continues to uncover unique and previously undocumented wildlife behavior.
Highlights from the seal garden and estuary cameras. Playful harbor seals and wolves fishing for salmon. Recorded by Pacific Wild's Great Bear LIVE remote camera system.
The waters of Canada’s Pacific coast are inhabited by a variety of acoustically-sensitive marine species that have been identified as at risk under Canada’s Species at Risk Act. With at least 14 major industrial projects proposed or in progress in the region, the pristine underwater acoustic world on which these species depend is under threat. Pacific Wild currently has six hydrophones (underwater microphones) deployed in Heiltsuk territory that allow for year-round monitoring of marine mammals. Our hydrophones play a critical role in ongoing conservation research and community-based marine planning as we measure changes in ocean noise over time and study the impacts on marine life from commercial shipping traffic.