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Hakai Stories

Scientific Mapping Has Entered the Drone Era
February 02, 2017 by Meigan Henry
Mapmaking has made huge leaps in the past few decades. Now, scientists can map in great detail with technology that can fit in a backpack. Find out how the Hakai Institute and its partners are using drones to view and study the landscape like never before.
October 03, 2016 by Grant Callegari, Meigan Henry
Sand dunes are constantly changing. Change is natural for a dune. If left to nature, they’re quite resilient and tend to recover from forces that erode away the sand. But we don’t know an awful lot about how these dunes recover. So Hakai scientists are watching the dunes drift, one sand grain at a time.
Seagrass: Life in the Underwater Meadows
September 12, 2016 by Meigan Henry, Grant Callegari
You dive down into a undersea meadow. Surrounded by blades of seagrass up to a meter tall, you begin to notice the abundant life all around. Seagrass is an ocean-dwelling flowering plant, which provides a home for countless creatures. But these habitats are threatened. Find out how the Hakai Institute and its partners are studying seagrass on the Central Coast of BC, and tracking changes to this vital habitat over time.
The Burning Bog
August 02, 2016 by Meigan Henry, Grant Callegari
When Kira Hoffman first came to the BC Central Coast in the summer of 2012, she was struck by the wetness of the area. But surprisingly, while walking through a bog on Calvert Island, she saw charred trees with burnt scars. Why was there evidence of fire in a coastal rainforest, one of the wettest places in North America?
Hauyat Sneak Peak
July 22, 2016 by Meigan Henry
Check out a sneak peak of the on-going studies at Hauyat, a remarkable place on the Central Coast of BC that embodies people’s deep connection to the land and sea. Located on the northern end of Hunter Island near the modern day Heiltsuk community of Bella Bella, the long-standing Heiltsuk connection to Hauyat is evident—from mountaintop to ocean floor, and from the archaeology, oral traditions, and people's memories.