11: A not so great bear

A long day sitting along a river here in the Great Bear rainforest trying to stay dry and not get eaten alive by bugs. The only large mammal out and about today besides us was this yearling black bear which poked around in the river briefly before nearly walking into my blind before I said hello and it ran off into the forest.On the way back in the evening we passed an absolutely massive barge carrying a huge amount of timber heading. Hard to tell from this image but the barge is multiple stories tall. Bet the bears where those logs came from are having a worse day than the fellow who ran into me this morning.To find out more about conservation issues related to the Great Bear Rainforest visit Raincoast Conservation Foundation’s website at www.raincoast.org

mg_15932.jpg?w=300 A young black bear makes its way across a coastal stream in the Great Bear Rainforest.mg_2363.jpg?w=300
mg_2363.jpg?w=300 Tug pulling a barge loaded with rainforest trees, dwarfing a fishing vessel to the right.

 

Day 10: Of fish and bird

Got 18 species on my bird list for the day including two new ones for the life list, a Black Turnstone and a Surf Bird. Lots of salmon in the streams we visited but the wolves have continued to be scarce.

mg_2217.jpg?w=300 Doug enjoying a cup of coffee during the morning commute to the office.
mg_1352.jpg?w=300 The Office
mg_2268.jpg?w=200 The only sign of wolves we found today were a couple of brainless chum salmon.
mg_1467.jpg?w=300 mg_1467.jpg?w=300Chum salmon swimming upstream.
mg_1476.jpg?w=300 Jumping Coho salmon
mg_1525.jpg?w=300 Black turnstones

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Day 9

img_0092.jpg?w=300 View from my blind.
img_0135.jpg?w=300 Dinner

A beautiful morning on the same stream I’ve been at for the past several days. The only wildlife activity was a tiny shrew that scampered in front of my small blind before disappearing into the tall grass. No salmon in the section of stream I was set up on today. Doug’s dad, a commercial fisherman had a slightly better catch today, (about 26,000 pounds of salmon better) so I won’t be going hungry tonight.

Day 8: Why I am up here for 21 days

img_0086.jpg?w=300 Shearwater Fuel Dock. Featuring gasoline, diesel, and a slot reserved for floatplanes.

Rain all morning and wind along with a vey high tide kept me out of the field all day. Luckily I was able to explore the small town of Shearwater, home to a lovely fuel dock and a pub that has a pretty good Pale Ale on tap at the moment.Find out more about my project on Wolves in the Pacific Northwest.

And on the 7th day he rested

Spent the day catching up on sleep and writing. Actually enjoyed not lifting my camera once today. Back at it bright and early tomorrow.

Day 6: Sick of listening to ravens

Spent much of the day back in the same location as yesterday. No wolf activity but the ravens and eagles where quite active further upstream. After three hours of sitting in my makeshift blind I wandered upstream to see what was so interesting and discovered the remains of about a dozen coho that had been killed by wolves the day before (likely around the time we were photographing the pups).For some more images of the area check out the awesome photos of Douglas Brown at his website: www.douglasjbrown.comMore info on my project at: davidmoskowitz.blogspot.com/2010/03/wolves-of-pacific-northwest.html

mg_11661.jpg?w=300 One of the many ravens lingering along a salmon bearing stream and feeding on the remains of coho killed the day before by wolves.

 

Day 5: Puppies!

Doug and I walked into a area where he has found wolves fishing for salmon in past years to see if there were fish running in the stream yet. Apparently we weren’t the only one’s curious about it!

mg_1119.jpg?w=300 Three curious wolf pups in a wet meadow.
mg_1172.jpg?w=300 Two ravens discussing the morning’s events.Learn more about my project on Wolves in the Pacific Northwest!

 

Day 4: Quiet day on the water

mg_2066.jpg?w=300 mg_2066.jpg?w=300Calm morning water on an inlet north of Bella Bella
mg_1007.jpg?w=300 Jumping chum salmon are a common sight in the still waters close to fresh water streams at the moment

 

Day 3: Salmon are spawning!

mg_1894.jpg?w=300 Spawned out chum salmon in a small stream in the Great Bear Rainforest.
mg_1998.jpg?w=200 Chum salmon carcass with the top of the head removed by a wolf and a fresh wolf scat besides it.

We discovered a stream in an inlet northeast of Bella Bella today in which the chum salmon have started moving into and spawning. Along the banks close to the mouth we also discovered about a half dozen carcasses that had been fed on by wolves and a couple of fresh scats.

Learn more about my project Wolves in the Pacific Northwest.

Great Bear Rainforest Day 1-2

img_0047.jpg?w=300 View from the flight into Bella Bella-a maze of rainforest clad islandsand wandering ocean inlets bounded by the Coast Range to the east
mg_1768.jpg?w=300 View from the water on my first day out in the field
mg_0899.jpg?w=300 Doug Brown, the field station manager for Raincoast Conservation Foundation,and my guide, spotted this wolf along the shore of a small island northeast of Bella Bella.

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Sunshine and wolves greeted me on my first day in the field here on the central coast of British Columbia. The salmon are gathering at the mouths of the creeks and rivers here.Learn more about my current project on Wolves in the Pacific Northwest!

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