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”.
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.
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.