What are some major achievements of the Pacific WildLife Foundation?

  • The Pacific WildLife Foundation (and its predecessor, the West Coast Whale Research Foundation) presented the first scientific descriptions of humpback, gray and killer whales in British Columbia. These projects drew public attention to whales over the years that grew into a thriving whale watching industry in British Columbia
  • Co-sponsor the annual Marine Mammal Symposium at the University of British Columbia
  • Developed the world’s first Important Cetacean Area program
  • Chaired and administered the Vancouver International Bird Festival in collaboration with the 27th International Ornithological Congress to hold the largest gathering of bird scientists and the public in the world
  • Partner in the BC Breeding Bird Atlas, the most comprehensive survey of birds in British Columbia
  • Produced the film Returning for broadcast on Knowledge Network in British Columbia
  • You can read more by going to our programs page.

What does the tag line ‘objective science for conservation’ mean?

We believe that conducting objective science is the best way to understand nature, and applying advice in innovative ways is the best way to inform society. We approach issues objectively and let the resulting data provide insights into decisions.

Does Pacific WildLife offer grants for research or education projects?

We do not offer grants to the public.

What are the sources of funding for Pacific WildLife?

Our funding comes from research and education grants, private donations, and legacies.

How much of the money raised by Pacific WildLife goes into research and education projects?

Pacific WildLife is run by a volunteer Board and Executive to keep the overhead costs low. The result is that nearly all the money we raise is used for the projects. Where allowed, we withhold 5 to 10% for administration and operations.

How much of the money raised by Pacific WildLife is used in fund raising?


With what other organizations does Pacific Wildlife work?

We work with research organizations at universities, governments, the not for profit and profit sectors. Several whale watching businesses have supported our whale research for years. You can see a list of our supporters on the web site.

Can I become a member of the Pacific WildLife Foundation?

We do not have a membership. Associates and Fellows participate on projects of interest to Pacific WildLife for a defined term and by invitation from the Board of Directors

Can I volunteer with Pacific WildLife?

We occasionally accept volunteers to help with specialized work. For example, volunteers have written for our web site, provided photographs and helped in the field. In most cases, volunteers are known to us and live near our office.

Where is your office?

Our office is at the Reed Point Marine Centre in Reed Point Marina, Port Moody, in the eastern end of Vancouver Harbour, British Columbia, Canada.

Are there any jobs at Pacific WildLife?

No. We have no employees.

What would I receive by becoming a supporter of Pacific WildLife?

We respect your time and ask supporters to tell us how much or how little they want to receive from us. There are opportunities to join us on some field outings and research projects including expeditions. Of course there is also the understanding that your donations help us carry out our research and education projects.

Is my donation tax deductible?

Donations to Pacific WildLife are tax deductible in Canada.

How can I get material for a school project?

We appreciate hearing from students and are delighted that you are interested in the ocean. However, as a non-profit organization that receives funds for mostly research, we do not have resources to provide to the many requests. Please feel free to make use of the information we have assembled on our web site.