the return of summer

The forest floor is starting to go reddish-orange around here, as the cedars shed their summer cloak, and the mornings have a distinct chill about them that comes with fog and feels like fall.  So we know the season is changing.   From what has been happening with the orcas lately, though, you’d think we were […]

supercrowd

When used in relation to British Columbia’s Northern Resident orca community, the term “superpod” refers to a gathering of more than 50 orcas that includes families from all three of the community’s “clans” – A, G, and R.   Pretty much every year, superpods come together in the Johnstone Strait area, creating a truly impressive spectacle […]

party animals

“Party animals” the I15s are, and apparently ever have been.  Their social behaviour now is no different than it was years ago, when the females in the group appeared to draw male attention so consistently that we called them “the love pod”.  The group’s then young boys have since grown or are growing up, so […]

Oil spill update – October 4th 2007

Well over a month has now passed since the tragic oil spill in the Robson Bight (Michael Bigg) Ecological Reserve. On the official side, virtually nothing has happened, but on the NGO side, much progress has been made. Given the governmental inaction, the immediate NGO response, led by Living Oceans and Greenpeace, to raise the […]

Robson Bight oil spill update – August 28th 2007

Robson Bight oil spill update A week has passed since the shocking oil spill inside the Robson Bight (Michael Bigg) Ecological Reserve on August 20th. The oil slick has dispersed and most obvious signs of contamination have disappeared. A few oil soaked dead sea birds were found, and others were observed preening excessively in the […]

Oil spill threatens orcas – August 21st 2007

Yesterday, shortly before noon, a barge laden with logging equipment that included a fuel truck carrying thousands of litres of diesel fuel, spilled its load in the Robson Bight Michael Bigg Ecological Reserve. The fuel truck and numerous other vehicles carrying diesel fuel plunged 200m to the bottom, where the fuel was released and quickly […]

Springer returns again… still with her family! – July 27th 2002

This day began with reports of numerous orcas arriving from the north… from their calls we knew that several A & G clan families were present, including A1s, A4s, I15s & I31/I11s, but we heard no A5 calls and did not know whether Springer’s companions of the past 10 days (A51 & A61) were there […]