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Coastal Conversations

Learn from knowledgeable locals about the North Coast’s unique ecosystems and culture.

The venue for this series is generously being made available by the Prince Rupert Port Authority at their recently refurbished Interpretive Centre at the Atlin Dock facility.


Events will be in-person at 215 Cow Bay Road and we hope to have a livestream option also available. 


Following a similar format, each seminar will provide 25-35 minutes of information followed by a period for questions and discussions. Check back for updates as speakers are confirmed!

Sessions will normally be on the second Wednesday of the month , through April 2024. 

Ecological Overview of the Skeena River Estuary


December 13, 2023 at 7:30 PM

Charmaine Carr-Harris (+ others)

The Skeena River is the second largest salmon producing watershed in BC supporting all species of eastern Pacific salmon and providing significant social and economic benefits. Despite the Skeena’s scope and stature  there is relatively limited scientific knowledge of the estuary and base-line information has been difficult to access. Come and learn some of the interesting lessons from a report which synthesizes five years of collaborative scientific research and monitoring conducted by Lax Kw’alaams Fisheries Program, the Skeena Fisheries Commission and Simon Fraser University. Copies of this report will be available. 

Ridley Island Bat Monitoring Program


January 15, 2023 at 7:30 PM

Brody Haugen & Caitlin Smith

The Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA) initiated a comprehensive Bat Monitoring Program in response to continued development on Ridley Island, demonstrating its commitment to preserving local endangered species. The program identified nine bat species, with two classified as at risk. With a comprehensive approach to bat conservation in the area, this program focuses on protecting the Endangered Little Brown Myotis and Northern Myotis in compliance and accordance with Canada's Species-At-Risk Act.

Humpbacks in the Harbour: Dive into an evening all about Humpback Whales with Ocean Wise


February 20th, 2024 at 7:30 PM

Karina Dracott

Have you recently been hearing about Humpback Whales in Prince Rupert Harbour? Perhaps you thought to yourself, isn't it a little late in the winter to see Humpback Whales? Well if you did, come learn all about humpback whales, their great migration, and what they are doing staying so late in BC waters with Karina Dracott from Ocean Wise. Ocean Wise (formerly the Vancouver Aquarium), has been researching local whale populations since 2014 and with help from local contributors, have documented over 400 individual humpback whales that call these waters home (at least part of the year!).

Check back for Coastal Conversations currently in the works!

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