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Hakai Stories

Bamfield As You've Never Seen It Before
July 07, 2016 by Meigan Henry, Iain McKechnie, Keith Holmes, Will McInnes
Everything looks different from above. But no one in the area has seen Barkley Sound quite like this before. The Hakai Institute collaborated with the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre and Huu-ay-aht First Nations to map portions of Barkley Sound with a drone to show the area in a whole new way.
Pacific Flyway
October 21, 2015 by Grant Callegari, Jimmy Thomson
The Calvert Island field station is located along a major north-south migratory corridor, bringing many bird species to the island. A bird banding study has been established there to monitor the birds as they come and go, gathering information on their age, sex, and health, then releasing them with a numbered band that can be looked up in a database if the birds are recaptured later.
Drone Mapping
August 20, 2015 by Grant Callegari
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are powerful new tools with myriad applications for science. At Hakai, scientists are employing them to map out kelp forests and seagrass ecosystems, quickly and inexpensively generating data that can be put to use within hours.
Running the Gauntlet: BC Salmon's Journey to the High Seas
July 27, 2015 by Grant Callegari
Young salmon exiting the Fraser River are only at the start of a long ocean journey to their maturing grounds in the far North Pacific. But what challenges must they overcome to survive their first weeks at sea, when they are at their most vulnerable?
The Archaeology Story
June 06, 2015 by Grant Callegari
Hakai Institute archaeologists have no shortage of opportunities for dig sites. Calvert Island, in particular, is among the few places worldwide with a sea level that has remained relatively stable since the last ice age, a boon for scientists looking to study how people have lived for the past 15,000 years.