A Wildlife Photographer Raises Concerns on Balancing Tourism & Conservation in a Canadian National Park

Ep. 09: Balancing Tourism with Conservation in Banff National

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Get exposed to the world of one of Canada’s premier professional wildlife and nature photographers. EXPOSED with John E. Marriott is the culmination of his life’s work — a documentary-style, no-holds-barred web series in which John profiles his favourite locations and subjects, shares tips and how-tos for aspiring photographers, and tackles the important and controversial issues in wildlife conservation.

National Geographic’s first YouTube series, wild_life with bertie gregory, which launches August 3.

Source: National Geographic Weird & Wild

Meet the Rare Swimming Wolves That Eat Seafood By Alexandra E. Petri

August 3, 2016
Unlike their interior cousins, coastal wolves of Vancouver Island live with two paws in the ocean and two paws on land.

They move like ghosts along the shorelines of Canada’s Vancouver Island, so elusive that people rarely see them lurking in the mossy forests.
British filmmaker Bertie Gregory was one of the lucky ones: He saw coastal wolves—also known as sea wolves—in 2011.
“There is something about being in the presence of a coastal wolf—they just have this magic and aura around them,” he says.
That experience inspired him to return and document the animals for National Geographic’s first YouTube series, wild_life with bertie gregory, which launches August 3. (to read full article click HERE)

A collection of favorite wolf photographs by Canadian Wilderness photographer John E Marriott 

Awhile back I messaged John E Marriott and asked if I could use his photographs on my blog.  I’ve been a fan of his work ever since. This blog post is full of my favorite photographs from John E Marriott’s Wilderness Prints enjoy the view! 


Wild Wolf Pup by John E Marriott 

“I am not formally trained as a photographer, but rather have learned by trial and error as I’ve gone along. I have also been lucky enough to have met and forged friendships with some incredibly interesting and skilled photographers over the years that I have gleaned information from: Al Williams, Jeff Waugh, Alec Pytlowany, Darwin Wiggett, Tom Murphy, and Terry Berezan come to mind. Unfortunately I never did get to meet the photographer I most wanted to — Japanese wildlife photographer Michio Hoshino, who died in Kamchatka, Russia in 1997.”  From John E Marriott biography


Wolf pack on a road in the Canadian Rockies by John E Marriott 


Wild wolf in the Canadian Rockies by John E Marriott 

Wild wolf chewing on a bone in the Canadian Rockies by John E Marriot 


Wild wolf in the Canadian Rockies by John E Marriott 

Wolf pack in winter in the Canadian Rockies by John E Marriott 


Wild wolf in the Canadian Rockies By John E Marriott 


Wild radio-collared wolf by John E Marriott 


Wild wolf, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada By John E Marriott 

Wolf pack on a road in winter in the Canadian Rockies by John E Marriott 

John E Marriott has a wildlife Photography tour company, aptly named, Canadian Wildlife Photography Tours, which has been extremely successful. I was fortunate enough to lead 4 tours in 2010, as well as 8 tours in 2011 and 9 tours in 2012 to places like the Queen Charlotte Islands, the Great Bear Rainforest, and the edges of Hudson Bay in Nunavut.

“My primary hope with this site is that it will give you a taste for my style of photography and for what the wilds of Canada are like, creating in you a longing to visit or re-visit magical areas like the Canadian Rockies and see them like you’ve never seen them before. I fell in love with this place long ago, and want you too to experience the beauty and grandeur of the Rocky Mountains and Canada and capture the secrets you discover on a camera.” ~John E Marriott 

It’s rare to find truly wild wolf photographs with exception of John E Marriott. Marriott has captured the essence of the wild in his wolf prints.  ~Rachel 

You can find John E Marriott’s prints for sale click HERE to view more wolf photographs

Fort McMurray wildfire likely killed all wildlife in its path: expert

By Phil Heidenreich Online journalist Global News Source

EDMONTON – The fire that swept through Fort McMurray and still rages through the northern forest likely destroyed all wildlife in its path, according to one expert. But the disaster’s impact on wildlife has yet to be documented.

“There’s not very much that can survive those fires,” Lu Carbyn, an adjunct professor at the University of Alberta as well as a leading expert on wolf biology, says. “In some cases, if the fire’s not too hot, and if you are a burrowing species – like some species of rodents and so on, and maybe even some species of insects, although that’s doubtful – there may be some small elements that might survive pockets of fires but certainly broad scale, there would be massive destruction of anything that’s caught up in these fires.”
“Wildlife populations have adjusted to take this sort of long-term change into consideration – I mean that’s evolution,” the retired research scientist with the Canadian Wildlife Service says. “What happens in big fires is that plant succession would be set back and as a result there would be a rejuvenation of the process of the maturation of plant systems. So you’d have stages that are sort of the latter part of plant succession and some that are at the earlier stages of plant succession, and so different wildlife complexes would adjust to those different successional stages.”
Plant succession refers to changes in vegetation in a specific area over a period of time and is dependent on factors like disasters, changing conditions or human activity. While area wildlife will adjust to these changes over time, Carbyn says the fire would have been catastrophic to most animals in the area in the immediate aftermath of the blaze. Click here to go to full article

Calgary documentary about wolves wins Humane Society’s Genesis Award

Source: ERIC VOLMERS, CALGARY HERALD More from Eric Volmers, Calgary Herald Published on: April 22, 2016 


A Calgary TV documentary investigating Alberta’s management of wolves has picked up a prestigious international award from the Humane Society.
Geordie Day’s Unnatural Enemies: The War on Wolves, which was produced by Pyramid Productions, aired last May on CTV and examined the province’s controversial use of wire snares, strychnine poisoning and bounty hunters to kill wolves.
Earlier this week, the film received the Genesis Award for International TV Documentary by the Humane Society of the United States, which hands out awards each year to film, television, radio, music and arts productions that raise awareness of animal issues.
This year, awards also went to Louise Psihoyos’ feature documentary Racing Extinction, ABC’s 20/20 for its investigative piece on the killing of Cecil the lion and comedian Aziz Ansari, who won the Sid Caesar Comedy Award for his “factory farming rant” on the Netflix special Live at Madison Square Garden.
Leonardo DiCaprio, Paul McCarteny, Ricky Gervais and Prince have all been past recipients. 

Photograph Courtesy, Pyramid Productions CALGARY HERALD

An Education Initiative about Three Persecuted Species – Coyote, Wolf, Bear 

Coyote-Wolf-Bear Education Initiative involves Sampson, Barron and McIntosh. Taking to the road traveling town to town, engaging citizens. Removing the myths regarding coyote, wolf and bear. Stay tuned for more to come! Meet our team! Email: coyotewolfbear@outlook.com (copy and paste email).


Increase in wolf hunting activity on trail network concerns residents in B.C., Canada.

This is a real safety concern for recreational users along public trails. Source: Shooting of wolves prompts warning Increase in hunting activity on trail network concerns residents Chris Bolster / Powell River Peak April 6, 2016

The recent shooting of three wolves near Duck Lake is a warning for residents to take care while on the trails of the popular network east of Powell River, but a local trail builder said he is more concerned with hunters than their targets.
Wayne Brewer, a member of the Chain Gang, a local group that develops and maintains mountain bike trails in and around Duck Lake, said it is not the wildlife that worries him.
“You go into the bush, you take your chances, but now I’m more concerned about someone shooting into the bush while I’m there,” he said.
While parts of Duck Lake are open for legal hunting, there is also a BC Parks protected area where no hunting or shooting is permitted from June 16 to September 9 each year. The problem is no one, except BC Parks, really knows where those boundaries are, according to Pat Walsh, president of Powell River Outdoor Recreation Users Group Trail Society.
Walsh said signage is in the works that will be posted around the boundaries and at trailheads outlining area rules.
He agreed the current situation puts recreation users at risk. “It’s dangerous,” said Walsh. “People are running, hiking and biking along those trails unseen to people shooting.” Click HERE to read more.

DANGEROUS TRAILS: Local hiker and mountain biker Wayne Brewer said he is concerned about wolf hunting activity close to the Duck Lake trail network and the safety of residents enjoying recreation in the area. Contributed photo