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Baby Orca Has A Grand Time Off The B.C. Coast

Baby Orca Has A Grand Time Off The B.C. Coast | Reflections on two islands | Scoop.it
WHEE!
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It's a great time to watch whales off Vancouver Island.


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Black bears flirting with hibernation in new man-made dens on Vancouver Island - The Province

Black bears flirting with hibernation in new man-made dens on Vancouver Island - The Province | Reflections on two islands | Scoop.it
A number of coastal black bears have been poking around artificial dens created as part of a new Vancouver Island conservation program, but it’s too soon to tell if the bears will take up winter residence.
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Vancouver Island tourism, business losing millions over cuts to BC Ferries: study - Vancouver Sun

Vancouver Island tourism, business losing millions over cuts to BC Ferries: study - Vancouver Sun | Reflections on two islands | Scoop.it
British Columbia's mid-Coast region has been hit hard by government ferry service cuts that threaten to turn the community of Bella Coola into a dead-end town, says the operator of an eco-friendly lodge in the remote Bella Coola Valley.
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"Prehistoric Cairns of Vancouver Island": notes for a lecture given in 1901

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There's an interesting manuscript digitized in the University of Victoria's special collections library, entitled "Prehistoric Cairns of Vancouver Island."  The accession notes read: "Handwritten m...
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Fascinating insight!

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Earliest sign of human habitation in Canada may have been found

Earliest sign of human habitation in Canada may have been found | Reflections on two islands | Scoop.it
Researchers using a robotic underwater vehicle off British Columbia's northern coast believe they may have found the earliest evidence of human habitation in Canada.
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Another report of this interesting find.

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Killer Whale Research Aided By Drones (PHOTOS, VIDEO) - Huffington Post Canada

Killer Whale Research Aided By Drones (PHOTOS, VIDEO) - Huffington Post Canada | Reflections on two islands | Scoop.it
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Killer Whale Research Aided By Drones (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
Huffington Post Canada
... with two U.S. researchers to use a custom-designed marine hexacopter to study and monitor the threatened northern resident killer whales.
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I'm impressed (and pleased) that there are specific permit requirements.

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Vancouver Island marina to reopen but beach still barred due to contamination - Vancouver Sun

Vancouver Island marina to reopen but beach still barred due to contamination - Vancouver Sun | Reflections on two islands | Scoop.it
Vancouver Island marina to reopen but beach still barred due to contamination Vancouver Sun UCLUELET — A popular marina and boat launch on Vancouver Island will reopen next week — temporarily — after being closed more than a year ago because of...
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Using mine tailings to create a beach.  Hmmm.

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Study Confirms Grizzlies Living on Unprotected Coastal Islands - TheTyee.ca

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Study Confirms Grizzlies Living on Unprotected Coastal Islands TheTyee.ca Haki-Raincoast scholar and assistant professor at UVic Chris Darimont said the bears aren't just passing through the islands, either, because remote camera pictures and hair...
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How to build mainstream Canadian relations with First Nations: listen up! - Straight.com

How to build mainstream Canadian relations with First Nations: listen up! - Straight.com | Reflections on two islands | Scoop.it
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How to build mainstream Canadian relations with First Nations: listen up!
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... among other companies, and is currently a grad student of intercultural communications at Royal Roads University.
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Interesting and refreshing approach - want to know more about this.

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Resident orca whales suffer triple threat of pollution, noise and lack of food: U.S. study

Resident orca whales suffer triple threat of pollution, noise and lack of food:  U.S. study | Reflections on two islands | Scoop.it
Pollution, vessel noise and the availability of food are making it hard for a group of orcas that live along the West Coast to increase their numbers, says a U.S. study. (Orca whales seen near Vancouver Island face a triple threat, says @NOAA study.
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Ironic that the "It wasn't us, we didn't do it" comment comes from Eagle Wing Tours, whose boats are amongst the loudest and most intrusive whale watching boats operating in the Salish Sea.

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World's Best Islands 2014 Winners List | Travel + Leisure

World's Best Islands 2014 Winners List | Travel + Leisure | Reflections on two islands | Scoop.it
Vancouver Island named Top Island in US & Canada + one of the world's Top 10 by @travlandleisure! http://t.co/nRGIenVhAh #exploreBC
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Mellow coastal wolves would rather fish than fight grizzlies

Mellow coastal wolves would rather fish than fight grizzlies | Reflections on two islands | Scoop.it
British Columbia has two breeds of wolves: the ferocious mainland animals that compete with grizzly (RT @NSERC_CRSNG: ICYMI: Mellow coastal wolves would rather fish than fight grizzlies, says new research from @uvic:
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Vancouver Island's glaciers will disappear in 25 years, scientist says - Vancouver Sun

Vancouver Island's glaciers will disappear in 25 years, scientist says - Vancouver Sun | Reflections on two islands | Scoop.it
Vancouver Sun Vancouver Island's glaciers will disappear in 25 years, scientist says Vancouver Sun All Vancouver Island glaciers, including the iconic Comox glacier, will be gone within 25 years due to climate change, says University of Victoria...
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Surfrider Vancouver Island

Surfrider Vancouver Island | Reflections on two islands | Scoop.it
Our mission is the protection and enjoyment of oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network.
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Royal Roads University professor’s tour goes ‘off the grid’

Royal Roads University professor’s tour goes ‘off the grid’ | Reflections on two islands | Scoop.it
The notion of living “off the grid” is a romantic ideal to some and a nightmare to others. But for one Royal Roads University professor, who travelled the country to meet 200 people who . . .
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Of course, this sample focuses on those who've succeeded.  It would also be instructive to study those who tried it and then decided it wasn't for them.

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The Sunday Show - W.C.Barnes - Wildlife and Landscape Photographer - Vancouver Island Part Two

The Sunday Show - W.C.Barnes - Wildlife and Landscape Photographer - Vancouver Island Part Two | Reflections on two islands | Scoop.it
Last week we met the Eagles that live around Tofino on Vancouver Island and who have formed a bond with Wayne Barnes as he spends his days and some nights photographing the stunning scenery and wil...
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Vancouver Island- Inception - Canon 5D Mark II - Glidecam HD 2000 - YouTube

I had another version of this up(the only difference with this one is this is a new soundtrack my friend composed specifically for this. In order to be a par...
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Simple, and very well done.

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UVic find off Haida Gwaii could be sign of ancient civilization - Times Colonist

UVic find off Haida Gwaii could be sign of ancient civilization - Times Colonist | Reflections on two islands | Scoop.it
Times Colonist UVic find off Haida Gwaii could be sign of ancient civilization Times Colonist VANCOUVER - Researchers using a robotic underwater vehicle off British Columbia's northern coast believe they may have found the earliest evidence of...
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Another high tech story.  Fascinating.

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Video: Friendly sea otter plays with man on Vancouver Island beach

Video: Friendly sea otter plays with man on Vancouver Island beach | Reflections on two islands | Scoop.it
A video of a friendly sea otter spotted in Vancouver Island’s Cadboro Bay is making a splash online, but marine-wildlife experts are warning beachgoers to keep their distance. In the video, posted on YouTube on Aug.
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It's a wild animal, not a pet.

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Ibuprofen in Rivers can Negatively Affect Fish Health; Researchers Say - Nature World News

Ibuprofen in Rivers can Negatively Affect Fish Health; Researchers Say - Nature World News | Reflections on two islands | Scoop.it
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Ibuprofen in Rivers can Negatively Affect Fish Health; Researchers Say
Nature World News
Ibuprofen found in significant levels in UK rivers. New study suggests that the common drug might damage fish health.
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Hardly surprising, given population density. 

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Tweet from @earthskyscience

Tweet from @earthskyscience | Reflections on two islands | Scoop.it
Who needs to find exotic alien lifeforms to inspire SciFi?
Just dive off Vancouver Island.
Hooded Nudibranch ... http://t.co/OmWS729ve5
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Disease, weather kill Vancouver Island bees

Disease, weather kill Vancouver Island bees | Reflections on two islands | Scoop.it
Vancouver Island beekeepers say 90 per cent of their hives have been wiped out by a lethal combination of disease and a long summer last year, threatening the future of dozens of producers.
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Who knew Vi is (or was) a locus for bee production?

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Marmot refuge on former Island ski hill is expanded - Nanaimo Daily News

Marmot refuge on former Island ski hill is expanded - Nanaimo Daily News | Reflections on two islands | Scoop.it
Marmot refuge on former Island ski hill is expanded
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Once the site of a commercial ski-hill, the land is the prime habitat of the endangered Vancouver Island marmot, a rare mammal that is the largest member of the squirrel family.
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Vancouver Island University crew digs up grey whale at Beecher Bay - Times Colonist

Vancouver Island University crew digs up grey whale at Beecher Bay - Times Colonist | Reflections on two islands | Scoop.it
Vancouver Island University crew digs up grey whale at Beecher Bay
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Volunteers from Vancouver Island University and others dug up the whale at the Scia'new (Beecher Bay) First Nation during the weekend.
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Ancient Forest News - Photo of Burnt Vancouver Island Clearcut Chosen for Exhibition in International Photography Competition in London

Ancient Forest News - Photo of Burnt Vancouver Island Clearcut Chosen for Exhibition in International Photography Competition in London | Reflections on two islands | Scoop.it
Tragic photo of a logged and burnt old-growth forest on Vancouver Island, taken in January by Ancient Forest Alliance photographer TJ Watt, highlights the environmental destruction taking place in British Columbia's Tree Farm Licences (TFL's).
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