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About the Pacific WildLife Foundation

About the Pacific WildLife Foundation

The Pacific WildLife Foundation is a not-for-profit coastal and marine research and education society with charitable status registered in Canada, based in Vancouver, B.C.


Meet the People behind the PWLF

The People of the Pacific WildLife Foundation

Meet the scientists, educators, filmmakers and media team behind the PWLF.

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What We are Discovering

View our scientific publications on what our projects are leading us to discover.



PWLF Projects

Pacific WildLife Foundation Projects


Latest PWLF News


November 2015 - The 23rd Marine Mammal Symposium will be held at UBC on Saturday November 28. The all day  meeting is open to students, researchers, educators, businesses and others involved with marine mammals. Please register on Eventbrite here or email bc.symposium@oceans.ubc.ca before November 20, 2015, to indicate that you will attend. Lunch and refreshments will be provided and there will be a social evening (6:00-9:00 pm) where pizza can be purchased.


September 2015: The Pacific Wildlife Foundation is the recipient of the 2015 Clayoquot Biosphere Trust (CBT) Research Award for PWLF Director Jim Darling's research proposal on Gray Whale Society.

 Dr. Jim Darling, the principle investigator for the project, will use the research funds to analyze over 40 years of local gray whale sightings and 20 years of DNA samples to further develop his theory on gray whale social structure. “There is virtually nothing known about the social organization of gray whales- or for that matter any baleen whale”, explains Darling. “This may sound like an exaggeration – it’s not. If this subject is mentioned at all in books or papers, the gist is there is no social organization beyond the short connection between mother and calf prior to weaning. This is one of those cases where – because we do not know anything about it – we presume it does not exist”.

PUBLICATION – Butler, R.W., A. Couturier, E. Jenkins and C. McKenzie. 2015. New Westminster Breeding Bird Atlas 2012-13. British Columbia Birds 25: 17-39.


July 2015 – The Vancouver Sun featured research by Associate Iain Jones on how some herons have benefited from nesting near eaglesJ. Read more


February 2015 - Dr.Isabelle Cote, Fellow of the PWLF has been awarded the Leopold Leadership Award. The award will help her hone communication skills of complex science issues to decision makers. Read more.


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