Striving to be of use by providing the links below, especially for naturalists in British Columbia. This is a concise list of what I believe to be the most useful and accurate resources. A more detailed list of resources can be found via my links available here: “Marine Mammal Science“:
- Best book – John Ford’s 2014; Marine Mammals of British Columbia: Royal BC Museum Handbook; available via the Royal BC Museum and Amazon.ca .
- For any species recognized as being at risk by the Committee on the Status of Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) there are assessment reports and, if protected under the Species at Risk Act (SARA), there is also a Management Plan or Recovery Strategy, and possibly an Action Plan. Focus on the natural history and threat information. See below for direct links to reports for the marine mammal species at risk most relevant to NE Vancouver Island:
– Resident Killer Whale final amended recovery strategy (Southern Residents are Endangered and Northern Residents are Threatened)
– Transient Killer Whale recovery strategy (Threatened)
– Humpback Whale recovery strategy (Threatened)
– Steller Sea Lion management plan (Special Concern)
– Harbour Porpoise management plan (Special Concern)
– Sea Otter recovery strategy (Special Concern)
- Solid and up-to-date information on Killer Whales is at www.bckillerwhales.com. Also see the American Cetacean Sighting’s resource “Whalewatcher Killer Whale: The Top, Top Predator” and my blog “What’s the Bigg’s Deal“.
- For cetacean species see the blue tabs at the top of the BC Cetacean Sightings Network page
- Regarding Killer Whales providing one of the most compelling cases for the need to reduce our consumption and exercise precaution, see the student information at this link. Note that the Resident Killer Whale population numbers are dated. See this blog item for the latest numbers as well as an explanation for why there is a move to reference mammal-hunting Killer Whales as “Bigg’s killer whales”. Also see http://wildwhales.org/conservation/threats/toxins.
- See Canada’s marine mammal regulations (in public comment period till May 2012. They have been drafted since 2003!).
- Know the Be Whale Wise guidelines and “See a Blow? Go Slow!” information here.
- See the Eco-Action points here.
- To stay up-to-date, join “The Marine Detective” Facebook page.
5 Responses to “Links”
Caitlin Birdsall sent me a link to your blog – it’s amazing! Thank you for all the hard work you are doing for environmental awareness and conservations. As an interpreter with both the Aquarium and Metro Vancouver Regional Parks, I am committed to the same goals. I love what you’ve done with this blog, and your photos really make an impact where words cannot.
I would like to the subscribe to your blog but there seems to be an error on the page and I can’t actually write in my email address. Each time I click on the box to do so, I end up on your biodiversity link. Could you please let me know if this would be possible>
Thanks for your help and keep up the great work!
Hello Melissa – How very much I appreciate your feedback/encouragement. It is of very great value knowing the powerful work you are dedicated to with working for VanAqua and Metro Vancouver. It really means a great deal to have you as part of the community here.
With regard to the technical problem. I just unsubscribed and subscribed myself and it worked. Please could you know if the problem persists? I know it is not ideal but if you are on Facebook, you can follow the blog there as well as I post whenever there is a new blog item. I also put “extras” there. The link is http://www.facebook.com/pages/Port-McNeill-BC-CANADA/The-Marine-Detective/278389664217?ref=ts.
Again, great thanks Melissa.
My sister works at the Port Mcneil post office and she said you would be interested in info regarding the humpback whales in Storeys beach,we had an amazing turn out of whales this past summer 6 humpback daily 3 different pods one pod of three with a new calf a pod of two and one huge whale traveling alone,so much to tell you email us back if your interested.Thanks Michele and Dave.
We would be interested in gaining a bit more info about your book, in order to retail it here at Old Harbor Books in Sitka– would you please email me?
Huge thanks for asking Ashia. I will email now.