2017 Special Trips
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The Great Bear Sea: with Dr Paul Paquet &
Start: Prince Rupert, BC/ Finish: Bella Bella, BC
Raincoast Conservation Foundation
Dr. Paul C. Paquet is Senior Scientist/Research Director for Raincoast Conservation Foundation and Adjunct Professor at the University of Victoria. He is an American and Canadian biologist who is best known for his ecological and behavioral research on large carnivores, especially regarding wolves and bears. He has graduate degrees in philosophy, wildlife behavior and conservation, biology, and a Ph.D. in zoology from University of Alberta. His research focuses on the interface between ecological theory and conservation. He is an internationally recognized authority on mammalian carnivores; including their ecology, behaviour, and management. He has spent more than 40 years covering subjects ranging from the world wide decline of large carnivores to the philosophical relationship of animal welfare and conservation, publishing more than 200 scholarly articles and several books addressing issues of ecology, conservation and environmental ethics. Paquet is an educator and member of numerous government, industry, and advisory committees of organizations such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Canadian Wildlife Service, WWF International, and the European Union.
|I loved listening to his stories – he’s a fount of information and so committed & passionate about Raincoast. He’s an inspiration. I learned so much more than I’d hoped”.
SR – Vancouver
We are thrilled to announce our fourth Conservation Voyage with Raincoast Conservation Foundation.
Join Raincoast’s senior scientist, Dr Paul Paquet
July 26 - August 2 to experience the essence of the famed Inside Passage by small ship. Dr. Paquet is an internationally recognized authority on mammalian carnivores and brings a wealth of knowledge including seminal studies of bears and wolves of the British Columbia coast. Learn about the interface between ecological theory and conservation, and the incredible work Raincoast Conservation is doing to protect grizzly bears, wolves and orcas along the British Columbia coast. Partial proceeds go towards supporting Raincoast Conservation's ongoing campaigns to protect British Columbia's coastal wilderness and wildlife.
July 26 - August 2, 2016
8 Days - $4850 per person*
Vessel: SV Island Roamer
* + $100 sustainability fee & 5% GST
July 15 - 25, 2017:
Dr Stephen Herrero leads Southeast Alaska Super Trip!
11 Days in Southeast Alaska
Start in Petersburg, AK, & Finish in Prince Rupert, BC
"I have been professionally involved in human-bear conflict reduction since 1967. Much of my involvement has been as a professor at the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and through research and refereed journal publications. I am past president of the International Association for Bear Research and Management (IBA), and past co-chair of the International Union for Nature Conservation (IUCN) Bear Specialist Group. I have used my and other research to formulate an understanding and make recommendations toward avoiding bear attacks on humans, or if they occur, to reduce injury to people and bears. My book on this topic, Bear Attacks: Their Causes and Avoidance, was first published in 1985 and has been in print continuously since then, selling over 115, 000 copies. It was nominated as the best wildlife book by the Wildlife Society. The book was translated into German and Japanese. In 1990 this book was chosen “the most important scientific work on bears in past 25 years” by research peers. As a founding member of the Safety in Bear Country Society, and in association with IBA, we have produced 4 state of the art videos related to bear safety, conservation and management. Our flag ship video Staying Safe in Bear Country has been viewed millions of times." ~ Dr Stephen Herrero
This trip begins in the old fishing port of Prince Rupert, BC, and tours north to Frederick Sound and towards the Tongass National Forest - then to Petersburg, AK . It features some of the best bear viewing in the world; both Anan Creek and Pack Creek features great bear viewing in an intimate setting where we see black bears (and often cubs) fishing for salmon in the river below and bald eagles and ravens wait patiently for salmon leftovers and the iconic Alaskan brown bear. While underway, we keep our sights set for blows on the horizon - both humpbacks and orca and other marine mammals feed throughout our journey north.
We will witness the calving of massive tidewater glaciers, bask in the glow of epic sunsets and enjoy some great exploration on shore walks and by kayak.This trip captures all of the iconic Alaska highlights in a small group, boutique-style cruise. SV Island Roamer allows us to experience this rugged coast intimately with a different secluded anchorage each evening ... A nature photographer's dream trip!
July 15 - 25, 2017
11 Days - $6650 per person*
Vessel: SV Island Roamer
* + $100 sustainability fee
A maze of islands and waterways, full of wildlife, beautiful scenery, and the history and traditions of the Kwakwaka’wakw people.
At the northern end of Vancouver Island lies a maze of islands and waterways, full of wildlife, beautiful scenery, and the history and traditions of the Kwakwaka’wakw people (Kwakiutl). The Pacific Ocean funnels into the protected waters of Johnstone Strait creating strong tidal currents, and incredibly nutrient-rich waters. Millions of salmon, returning to spawn in the mainland rivers, must converge to pass through the Strait. Groups of orca (or killer whales) hunt the salmon in the passages. This itinerary is a favourite of Bluewater Crew due to the variety of wildlife viewed. Birds are plentiful and varied. This is the perfect trip for the wildlife lover and photography enthusiast.
August 19 - 25, 2017:
Sail with renowned ornithologist, writer and conservationist,
Start/ Finish: Port McNeill, BC
Dr Rob Butler
|Bluewater Adventures has been fortunate to have Rob leading trips for us since 1990. Rob is an internationally known ornithologist, author, and artist. He is President of the Pacific Wildlife Foundation, Board member of the Nature Trust of BC, chair of the Vancouver International Bird Festival and adjunct professor of biological sciences at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia. He was a senior research scientist with the Canadian government for 28 years. He has written many scholarly publications and authored several books for over 40 years. Rob is also an International Fellow in the Explorers Club, Royal Canadian Geographic Society, Artists for Conservation, and American Ornithologists Union. robbutler.ca
Dr Rob Butler
August 19 - 25, 2017
Gwaii Haanas is a incredible area with over 100 islands, beautiful forested creek walks, rugged headlands, and protected passageways between towering mountains. Thousands of seabirds nest on the islands. Theories suggest that parts of Haida Gwaii escaped the last ice age, forming a glacial refuge for certain plants and animals. How else to explain the presence of plant species found nowhere else in the world and the noticeably different sub-species of bird, fish and mammal? Haida Gwaii provides a remarkable evolutionary showcase - hence, their description as the “Canadian Galapagos”.
June 7 - 15, 2017:
Travel with Haida Elder and Watchman Program founder,
Start and finish - Sandspit, BC
|Bluewater Adventures has been fortunate over the last many years to travel with Haida historian, Archeologist, Haida Elder and story teller, Capt Gold. We are excited to announce that he will be joining us again in 2017.
In 1973, following a harrowing solo canoe paddle to the southernmost Haida Village – SGang Gwaay. Capt Gold spent the summer overseeing visitor movements and traffic and gave tours and answers to questions about the Haida Nation which eventually gave way to the creation of the Gwaii Haanas Watchman Program. It continues to
operate successfully today in partnership with the Canadian
Federal Government. We have opportunities to meet the Haida
|Watchmen who greet us on shore and lead us on educational interpretive walks through the ancient village sites we visit along the shores of Moresby Island.
Captain Gold remains very involved within the Haida community and as a Haida History Consultant he presents to University classes. He sits on the Haida Gwaii Museum Board of Directors and the newly-formed, Gwaii Haanas Advisory Board.
June 7 - 15, 2017