Giving back to the places that give us so much.
We’re nothing without our relationship to nature. It’s part of us, and we’re part of it. This philosophy is ingrained in our team. And our pursuit to protect the wild places we love started with a small group of determined and caring people. And the more people who rally together, the more good we can do. Are you with us?
Your Dollar Makes an Impact
Spending your dollar on ecologyst means leaving the world better than you found it. For every product sold, 1% of the sale goes to preservation projects devoted to air, water, land, and the creatures in them.
As of March 2019 we’ve contributed $112,209 to causes that protect and restore our natural resources. We believe that by joining with our community, we are a powerful force for good. By uniting like-minded nature enthusiasts, we can give back to the places and species that give us so much.
RESTORE THE SHORE
LOCATION: CLAYOQUOT SOUND, BRITISH COLUMBIA
CONTRIBUTION TO DATE: $20,000
Clayoquot CleanUp is a world leader in marine habitat restoration. They continue to work within Clayoquot Sound, an ecologically rich ecosystem suffering from the impact of ocean plastics and marine debris. Commercial fishing gear, jettisoned shipping containers, styrofoam insulation and household plastics are all prevalent examples of pollution that is turning Clayoquot Sound into a landfill. As a result, cetaceans and other wildlife combat entanglement as a way of life. Whales perish in lost fishing gear, birds choke on plastics mistaken for food and the integrity of the ecosystem as a whole declines.
Pollution removal from these remote regions requires considerable logistical planning and specialized technical experience. This is where Clayoquot CleanUp makes a difference. By implementing a comprehensive ocean plastics and marine debris removal program, we can properly maintain that rich balance of biology and economy in Clayoquot Sound. View our film here.
JORDAN RIVER WATERSHED RESTORATION
LOCATION: JORDAN RIVER
CONTRIBUTION TO DATE: $5,000
There are many industrial activities impacting the Jordan River ecosystem, one of which is a power generating station that provides power to lower Vancouver Island during times of high demand. This is catastrophic for spawning beds, scouring away the gravel leaving a river bottom of embedded cobbles and boulders, which are not usable for spawning habitat.
In 2017 we worked to have new gravel introduced to the spawning beds. However, floods and/or turbine flows washed away some of this gravel. This has informed the need to conduct a topographic survey and scour assessments. The survey will inform us as to how much gravel was lost and where, while the scour sensor data will inform us on the timing and discharges associated with the gravel loss, and whether native gravel from upstream was redeposited.
BIG LITTLE FISH
LOCATION: HORNBY ISLAND
CONTRIBUTION TO DATE: $6,360
Herring are the cornerstone of marine biodiversity on the B.C. coast. However, a wasteful commercial sac roe fishery has threatened herring stocks to the brink of collapse. These fish are vital links to the Salish Sea food chain that we can't afford to lose. We partnered with Pacific Wild, SeaLegacy, and Conservancy Hornby Island and attracted over 60,000 online petitioners who were in favour of pausing the unstainable kill fishery so that stocks could rebuild and the ecosystem can have the chance to flourish.
We printed “BIG Little Fish” T-shirts where proceeds supported funding to the suspension of the Georgia Strait herring fishery and raised $1,360 for the Hornby Island Conservation.
Hundreds of species in our coastal ecosystem rely on herring as the bedrock of their survival and we will continue to fight for them. Learn more.
AVATAR GROVE BOARDWALK
LOCATION: PORT RENFREW
One of the few remaining forests of giant red cedar and douglas fir trees in BC. Working with The Ancient Forest Alliance (AFA), we constructed a “preservation pathway”, a boardwalk through the forest. The boardwalk is raised above the forest floor to protect tree roots and vegetation from foot traffic.
PACIFIC WILD HYDROPHONE NETWORK
LOCATION: GREAT BEAR SEA
Pacific Wild’s Great Bear Sea Hydrophone Network comprises six remotely located hydrophones (advanced sonar technology used to gather marine acoustic data). The network focuses on preserving the habitats of cetaceans, i.e. humpback whales, killer whales, minke whales, fin whales, dolphins, and porpoises living in the Great Bear Sea near Vancouver Island. Hydrophones allow Pacific Wild to monitor behaviour patterns of these mammals and to monitor effects from ambient noise pollution caused by shipping traffic. The data collected helps Pacific Wild identify critical habitats of threatened species that need protection.