The Hakai Institute conducts long-term scientific research at remote locations on the coastal margin of British Columbia, Canada.
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How much nutrient-laden water comes off the land and enters the ocean? A team of scientists and engineers set out to wire a small corner of a remote landscape with a clever idea and a pinch of salt.
A distinct, pungent odor fills the air. Enormous leaves emerge from the wet soil. A lemon-yellow stalk and hood appear next. Most humans aren’t drawn to the perfume, but this peculiar plant is undeniably an attractive harbinger of spring in British Columbia.
Hakai researchers are piecing together their maps to create a single image of the coast from mountaintop to ocean floor. And ecologists can't wait to use the results.
Every spring, nature puts on a breathtaking display when the herring come to spawn. Both their eggs and the fish themselves are a critical post-winter food source for animals from bears to bald eagles, whales to wolves, and herons to humans.
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