Environment

Wildfire smoke from the United States will again affect Nanaimo and areas on central Vancouver Island on Saturday, Sept. 12. (Karl Yu/Nanaimo News Bulletin)

Smoky skies enveloping east area of central Vancouver Island

Wildfire smoke from U.S. leads to very high health risk rating on air quality health index

Wildfire smoke from the United States will again affect Nanaimo and areas on central Vancouver Island on Saturday, Sept. 12. (Karl Yu/Nanaimo News Bulletin)
Ucluelet residents Dan and Jessica Rutherford were shocked to find the ‘Locks of Love’ fence at Wally Creek along Hwy. 4 covered with disposable face masks, plastic gloves and a hoard of other unwanted litter while driving into town on August 30. Read about it on page 8. (Dan Rutherford photo)

‘Locks of Love’ fence along Pacific Rim Highway consumed with litter

Shocking display of environmental disrespect at Wally Creek, between Port Alberni and Tofino

Ucluelet residents Dan and Jessica Rutherford were shocked to find the ‘Locks of Love’ fence at Wally Creek along Hwy. 4 covered with disposable face masks, plastic gloves and a hoard of other unwanted litter while driving into town on August 30. Read about it on page 8. (Dan Rutherford photo)
Crabs in varying states of decay or decomposition are found on tires from the sunken Chemainus barges. (Photo by Gord Bell)

Tire removal in Island bay crucial to crab species survival

Divers sound the alarm about crabs becoming trapped in tires from sunken barges off Chemainus

Crabs in varying states of decay or decomposition are found on tires from the sunken Chemainus barges. (Photo by Gord Bell)
New roads recently constructed by Teal-Jones reaching the ridge line of the Fairy Creek watershed, the last unlogged, intact valley on southern Vancouver Island. Photo courtesy, T J Watt.

Southern Vancouver Island’s old-growth protest enters fourth week counting three blockades

Provincial government’s silence ‘ominous’ and ‘worrisome’ say Port Renfrew protesters

New roads recently constructed by Teal-Jones reaching the ridge line of the Fairy Creek watershed, the last unlogged, intact valley on southern Vancouver Island. Photo courtesy, T J Watt.
Andrew McNaughton and others work on restoration of Departure Creek on Tuesday. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo creek restoration meant to make habitat more fish-friendly

Streamkeepers, Departure Bay neighbours, City of Nanaimo, NALT and others partner on project

Andrew McNaughton and others work on restoration of Departure Creek on Tuesday. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)
To improve fish habitat, volunteers will clear garbage from Pandora Slough and adjoining waterways in Zeballos. Photo courtesy, Justin Janisse.

Volunteers to help clean waterways and improve fish habitat in Zeballos

The clean-up is organized by the village of Zeballos and Nootka Sound Watershed Society

To improve fish habitat, volunteers will clear garbage from Pandora Slough and adjoining waterways in Zeballos. Photo courtesy, Justin Janisse.
Bats may roost in unusual places this time of year as they leave summer roosts. (L. Parker photo)

Bats behaving oddly is a late summer natural phenomenon, says B.C. program coordinator

Pups in strange places as they move out on their own for the first time

Bats may roost in unusual places this time of year as they leave summer roosts. (L. Parker photo)
A monumental old-growth yellow cedar tree in the at-risk headwaters of Fairy Creek measuring 9.5ft in diameter, making it the 9th-widest known yellow cedar according to the BC Big Tree Registry. Photo courtesy, T J Watt

Protesters showcase massive old yellow cedar as Port Renfrew area forest blockade continues

9.5-foot-wide yellow cedar measured by Ancient Forest Alliance campaigners in Fairy Creek watershed

A monumental old-growth yellow cedar tree in the at-risk headwaters of Fairy Creek measuring 9.5ft in diameter, making it the 9th-widest known yellow cedar according to the BC Big Tree Registry. Photo courtesy, T J Watt
Old-growth forest defenders in Campbell River call for B.C. forest minister’s resignation

Old-growth forest defenders in Campbell River call for B.C. forest minister’s resignation

Protestors outside North Island MLA’s office ask government to stop old-growth logging

Old-growth forest defenders in Campbell River call for B.C. forest minister’s resignation
Battle of Fairy Creek: blockade launched to save Vancouver Island old-growth

Battle of Fairy Creek: blockade launched to save Vancouver Island old-growth

‘Forest Defenders’ occupy road to prevent logging company from reaching Port Renfrew-area watershed

Battle of Fairy Creek: blockade launched to save Vancouver Island old-growth
A diver inspects one of B.C.’s glass sponge reefs. The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society-BC is calling on the federal government to extend refuge protections for six newly discovered reefs. Dale Sanders photo

B.C. group renews call for protection of newly discovered glass sponge reefs

DFO says public consultation will play heavy role in future protection measures

A diver inspects one of B.C.’s glass sponge reefs. The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society-BC is calling on the federal government to extend refuge protections for six newly discovered reefs. Dale Sanders photo
Different sections have been allocated for a variety of crops at the food forest which is situated at the northeast side of the hospital’s premises. Photo by Binny Paul/Campbell River Mirror

North Island Hospital Campbell River’s campus has a new food forest

And the hospital staff is encouraging the community to come ‘nibble’ on the produce

Different sections have been allocated for a variety of crops at the food forest which is situated at the northeast side of the hospital’s premises. Photo by Binny Paul/Campbell River Mirror
Splashy the humpback calf, first spotted on June 13, near Whaletown. (Photo by, Zoe Molder, Straitwatch / Cetus Research and Conservation)

Humpback calf named in honour of whale-loving B.C. girl who died of rare genetic disease

Splashy, often spotted near Cortes Island, was nicknamed after Miranda Friz’s beloved humpback stuffed toy

Splashy the humpback calf, first spotted on June 13, near Whaletown. (Photo by, Zoe Molder, Straitwatch / Cetus Research and Conservation)
Splashy the humpback calf, first spotted on June 13, near Whaletown. (Photo by, Zoe Molder, Straitwatch / Cetus Research and Conservation)

Humpback calf named in honour of whale-loving B.C. girl who died of rare genetic disease

Splashy, often spotted near Cortes Island, was nicknamed after Miranda Friz’s beloved humpback stuffed toy

Splashy the humpback calf, first spotted on June 13, near Whaletown. (Photo by, Zoe Molder, Straitwatch / Cetus Research and Conservation)
Mowi Canada West’s Sheep Pass salmon farm was the company’s final B.C. production site to receive certification from the Aquaculture Steward Council. (Photo supplied by Mowi Canada West)
Mowi Canada West’s Sheep Pass salmon farm was the company’s final B.C. production site to receive certification from the Aquaculture Steward Council. (Photo supplied by Mowi Canada West)
Cameras have been deployed throughout the territory to study the behaviour of bears in the area. (Photo credit, Cael Cook)

COVID-19 gives B.C. First Nation rare chance to examine tourism’s impact on grizzly bears

With 40 infrared cameras deployed in Kitasoo-Xai’Xais territory, research will help develop tourism plan with least impact on bears

Cameras have been deployed throughout the territory to study the behaviour of bears in the area. (Photo credit, Cael Cook)
Volunteer Katie Crombie picks up a cigarette butt at Ken Forde Park on July 8. Photo by Marc Kitteringham, Campbell River Mirror

Young volunteers clean Vancouver Island beaches

Events held in Campbell River, Nanaimo, Comox, Powell River and Victoria

Volunteer Katie Crombie picks up a cigarette butt at Ken Forde Park on July 8. Photo by Marc Kitteringham, Campbell River Mirror
Aaron Dayton, 20, spent 12 hours collecting garbage off the side of the Trans-Canada Highway. (Courtesy of Owen Brady)

Victoria man collects 28 bags of trash along two-kilometre stretch of highway

20-year-old spent 12 hours collecting garbage near Thetis Lake

Aaron Dayton, 20, spent 12 hours collecting garbage off the side of the Trans-Canada Highway. (Courtesy of Owen Brady)
Nicolas Scapillati (left) with Phil Timpany who shares his story from Yukon in one of the episodes. (Submitted photo)

B.C. grizzly advocate is bringing the bears to your living room through a podcast

Nicholas Scapillati interviewed people throughout North America to produce heart-warming stories about human- grizzly interactions

Nicolas Scapillati (left) with Phil Timpany who shares his story from Yukon in one of the episodes. (Submitted photo)
A representational image of the bald eagle found near Campbell River. (Wikimedia commons)

Bald eagle dies after drowning near Campbell River despite rescue efforts

‘It’s a sad story,’ said resident who found the older female eagle struggling in the water

A representational image of the bald eagle found near Campbell River. (Wikimedia commons)