Join me in the cold, dark, life-sustaining NE Pacific Ocean to discover the great beauty, mystery and fragility hidden there.


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 .
  • 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)

  • Know the Be Whale Wise guidelines and “See a Blow? Go Slow!” information here
  • See the Eco-Action points here. 


5 Responses to “Links”

  1. Melissa Holloway

    Hi Jackie

    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!

    • jackiehildering

      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

      Again, great thanks Melissa.

  2. michele smith andrews

    Hello Jackie.
    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.

  3. Ashia

    Hi Jackie,

    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?



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