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.