Polaris, Dipper and the Death of the Southern Resident Killer Whales: Part 2: Killer Whale Culture

Around the world, in every corner of the oceans, there are killer whales. They are the most widespread of mammals and depending on the geographic location and food source, they have differentiated populations based around culture. Each culture has a unique language, differing group size and hunting techniques depending on location and prey source. They become specialized on a particular prey and hunting techniques are passed down from generation to generation by the matriarch (matriarch is the female head of a family vs patriarch for a male).

Polaris, Dipper and the Death of the Southern Resident Killer Whales: Part 1

In her biography on the Center for Whale Research website, a young 23-year-old female Southern Resident killer whale named Polaris (J-28) is described as “a spunky whale usually found in the crowd.” This statement in the past has held true, however those of us who have been closely observing Polaris over the last several months will describe a completely different whale altogether.

Recommendations to improve protection of the Scott Islands marine National Wildlife Area

Based on our assessment of the marine species and ecosystems of the Scott Islands and the threats to their health, we make the following recommendations to improve the proposed protection measures for the Scott Islands marine National Wildlife Area.

Government Committee recommends increase to BC Parks Funding

Last week, a new government report from the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services has recommended for the second year in a row an increase in funding for BC Parks. We are glad to see this issue get the attention it deserve and hope to see meaningful action on behalf of the Provincial Government in the February Budget.

Enthusiastic South Okanagan Seniors Kick Off Take Back the Wild

Remembrance Day long weekend marked the first Take Back the Wild conservation training summit designed for seniors. Sixteen aspiring conservationists joined us from across the South Okanagan-Similkameen to learn from local leaders in conservation, engage in dialogue on key components of campaign planning, and to inspire and celebrate regional conservation in action. Our Community Engagement Coordinator Alana tells all about it in our new blog.

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