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Job Posting: MERS Research Assistant 2016

Summer Student Position The Marine Education and Research Society (MERS) is a registered Canadian charity dedicated to promoting conservation and understanding of marine ecosystems through scientific research, environmental education, and marine wildlife response. For information about MERS’ research, education and … Continue reading

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It’s a Girl!!!

This time of year, when most humpback and minke whales that spend the summers feeding in BC are down in their winter breeding grounds, MERS researchers and educators  are spending more time at our computers and less time out on … Continue reading

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Movements of minke whales in the eastern North Pacific

There are some species of cetacean that are more difficult to study than others. The minke whale, for example, is a small, uncommon and normally solitary rorqual that lives in the eastern North Pacific. As a result of their size, … Continue reading

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MERS 2014 Whale Watch Fundraiser

The second annual Marine Education and Research Society fundraising whale watch trip provided a fantastic sample of the wealth of wildlife that northeastern Vancouver Island has to offer. Telegraph Cove was still in view when we came across our first sightings … Continue reading

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Researching whale acoustics

In 2012, with support from Mountain Equipment Co-op, MERS acquired a Wildlife Acoustics SM2M submersible hydrophone to record the vocalizations of minke whales while we observed them from shore. This was the first project of its kind in the North … Continue reading

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Our new Research and Response vessel

It has long been a fact that the Marine Education and Research Society needs a vessel upgrade. Prior to 2014, our research and response efforts were largely conducted from our own personal vessels. While suitable for most local work, these … Continue reading

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Purple Martins on the North Island

Last year on June 15th, Christie and I saw and photographed two Purple Martins off the mouth of the Nimpkish River estuary near Alert Bay. The birds were flying around and around a piling that marks the edge of the … Continue reading

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