A haven for wildlife, eagles and seabirds soar above the Salish Sea and British Columbia’s southern Gulf Islands off the eastern coast of Vancouver Island. Sheltered, islet-dotted waters teem with seals, otters, orcas and porpoises.
This placement falls under the Parks Canada Agency (PCA) Southern Resident Killer Whale (SRKW) file within the Science and Conservation Program at Gulf Islands National Park Reserve. Gulf Island National Park Reserve is a haven for wildlife living in the Salish Sea and BC’s southern Gulf Islands off the east coast of Vancouver Island.
Participants have several key responsibilities while working under the supervision of the Marine Ecologist Team Leader. These include:
- Assisting with data analysis
- Analyzing baited remote underwater video (BRUV) footage
- Processing of orca data and identification of whales
- Processing forage fish and pinniped project data
- Assisting in weekly field work and data collection
- Assisting in research and reporting related to associated monitoring projects
Field work includes working on open helm marine vessels, in a variety of weather conditions and in regions with low to no cellular service for up to 10 hours a day.
Placement Category: Field Research and Monitoring
Placement Season: Summer, Fall
Placement Type: Field
2023 Participant Highlights
Participants Keely Brown, Emily Klaasen and Emily Warren
The placement with the Gulf Islands NPR team was an amazing experience for Emily W., Emily K., and Keely! They all feel they know so much more now about the technical gear used in marine data collection, and have gained skills working on/around boats, as well as data management and analysis skills.
Keely, in particular, feels the placement has given her a direction to her career – focusing on working with Parks Canada in the future because of the open, friendly and inclusive work environment of the Parks office. The placement has given a personal view to much of her school work rather than just consuming info from third party sources.
Check out Keely’s feature on @oceanwiseyouth here