A spirit bear standing in a waterfall

An Ordinary Day With Spirit Bears?

It was the first day of our spirit bear trip this fall, and we were walking up a small creek in the Great Bear Rainforest. Sunlight filtered through the lichens and mosses dangling from the tree branches; salmon splashed in the stream. This creek is one of the best places on Earth to see a Kermode, or spirit, bear. The only problem was nobody had seen one here this year…

Recipe for a wolf photograph

How to take a photo of an arctic wolf – in Canoe Roots Magazine

Recently, Kaydi Pyette, the intrepid editor of Canoe Roots magazine was surfing around my website and encountered my “Recipe for a Wolf Photograph” blog. She liked it so much that she asked if she could publish it in her magazine. So pick up the latest issue and you can see it in print for yourself. You can also view it online in the spring issue of Canoe Roots…

Wild Ones by Jon Mooallem

Wild Ones Live: Nature Needs People

Jon Mooallem is the author of Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuraing Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America. It was one of my favourite books of 2014. But it also shines when done live with a little musical accompaniment…

European honey bee pollinating a peach flower

Can We Put a Value on Nature? Should We?

How much is nature worth? One 1997 estimate put its value at $142.7 trillion. But what about those people in China who pollinate apple blossoms by hand? In this episode of Radiolab, Jad and Robert talk with some of my favourite authors, including Carl Zimmer and J.B. Mackinnon, and discover that this simple question – how much is nature worth? – is not very easy to answer.

Photo by flagstaffotos.com.au Canon 20D + Sigma 150mm f/2.8

A grizzly bear swimming past zodiac

Grizzly Expectations.

Sometimes unexpected things happen. When this grizzly bear decided to swim across the river I don’t think it expected that the current would push it right past our zodiac that was anchored mid-channel…

Spirit bear on the lookout for a salmon meal in the Great Bear Rainforest

Spirit Bear Adventures

I have teamed up with Marven Robinson of the Gitga’at First Nation to offer two spirit bear watching and photography trips in the Great Bear Rainforest for Sept 2015. After guiding on the coast for 11 years I don’t know of a better way to have intimate encounters with spirit bears. These trips will be something special.

female grizzly bear chasing a chum salmon in the Great Bear Rainforest

View From My Office Today

Today was a good day. It was the kind of day that makes a guy feel pretty darn lucky to be a bear guide. As far as jobs go, it is a good gig.

I know I waxed all eloquent about rain in my last post. And it is all true. But there is a place for sun. Especially for action shots of things like grizzlies chasing salmon…

Bald Eagle taking flight

In Praise of Rain (and Orcs)

I’ve been in the Great Bear Rainforest for two and a half weeks now and it has only rained once. But I have been hoping for rain. The way the mist and clouds mingle with the mountains on rainy days makes me feel like I’m somewhere in Middle Earth…

A grizzly bear standing on a log within an estuary in the Great Bear Rainforest

Dispatch from the Great Bear Rainforest

Twelve years ago I arrived in the Great Bear Rainforest for my first job as a wildlife guide. I was a seasoned field biologist and had spent many seasons over mountains and tundra, but the coast was a whole new world for me. My boat skills were rusty, I knew almost nothing about the ocean and tides – and very little about grizzly bears. But it was not difficult to decipher that I was in a very special place. And it did not take me long to fall in love with it.

Paddlenorth by Jennifer Kingsley

It’s Here: Paddlenorth by Jennifer Kingsley

Jenny Kingsley’s new book PaddleNorth: Adventure, Resilience, and Renewal in the Arctic Wild is now available, and I’m very excited about it. Her book chronicles our biggest adventure together: a 56 day, 1000 km canoe expedition down the Back river in Nunavut…

New Gallery: Snake River Yukon

Last summer my partner Heidi and I went on a fabulous three week canoe trip on the Snake River in the Yukon.

The last time I visited the Yukon, I was a much younger man. 18 years younger to be precise. After a season of tree planting in Ontario I was looking for an adventure before university resumed in September. My plan was to paddle 700 km down the Teslin River into the Yukon River to Dawson City by myself…

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