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Conservation Initiatives

 

Save the Whales

In the end, we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught.

- Baba Dioum

 

Environmental stewardship is a core value at Eagle Wing.  We are Canada’s first 100% carbon-neutral whale-watching company and members of 1% for the Planet.  The natural world has massive demands being placed on it. As stewards of the Salish Sea, we actively work to protect the marine ecosystem we love. We are privileged  to work in the presence of natural beauty and feel it is our duty to help make sure it will be here for generations to come. Our tours are fun AND educational, which greatly enhances  the value of the experience! As compassionate marine stewards, Eagle Wing Tours inspires the conservation of our marine environment, with a thrill!

environmental-stewardship

Eagle Wing is not your typical whale watching company. What they have done to support our local community and ecology is far beyond what I have seen in this sector.  They are truly leading change through their passion and commitment to the environment.

- Jill Doucette – Founder, Synergy Sustainability Consultants.

“4 R’s”: Reduce, Re-use, Recycle, & Re-think!

  • We use 100% recycled, post consumer paper.
  • We reduce what we can and offset what we can’t–We offset 100% of our corporate GHG emissions every year = 100% Carbon Neutral
  • As a member of 1% for the Planet we, donate a minimum of 1% of ALL total sales into local environmental non profit projects .
  • We purchase locally produced biodegradable and non-toxic cleaning products.
  • We recycle and compost in our floating office, producing very little trash
  • Our diesel and 4 stroke gasoline engines are quiet & do not burn any oil (All used engine oil is recycled.)
  • We support local educational programs by inspiring the next generation of Salish Sea ambassadors
  • We mentor other businesses who want to implement sustainability programs- its all about re-thinking how we do business

What is Sustainable Tourism?

Eagle Wing Tours fulfills economic, environmental and social-cultural obligations while generating income, contributing to employment, maintaining cultural integrity, and preserving essential local ecological processes and biological diversity. Eagle Wing aims to enhance the quality and sustainability of natural and cultural heritage-based experiences in all that we do:

 Thank you / Support Us:

As a participant in one of our exciting Salish Sea whale watching adventure tours you will learn the delicate balance between modern times and the animals that live in the ocean. Nature is a true treasure which we must respect, protect & preserve. There are many ways in which YOU can make a difference:

We hope you find these links useful. We very much look forward to meeting you and/or having you return to the ocean with us as we continue to explore the Salish Sea and the wonderful Wild Life that inhabit it.

We are trying to redefine what we think a model wildlife tour company is. Spotting that whale is the cherry on top of an already very comprehensive marine experience.  What we can do to protect these species by supporting education, conservation and responsible business is where we really count.” 

Brett Soberg – Co-owner / Captain Eagle Wing Tours Ltd..

“The Eagle Wing family voluntarily embraces sustainable practices.”: SEE BELOW


100% Carbon Neutral
100% Carbon Neutral

Reduce what you can, offset what you can't! Larger corporations are being approached to help solve environmental problems, but small business can also make a BIG difference.We are a small company that has remained true to its environmental commitments while achieving success in a competitive marketplace. Eagle Wing Tours has offset 100% of its corporate Green House Gases (GHG's) since December 2009.

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1% FOR THE PLANET
1% FOR THE PLANET

Every year Eagle Wing Tours is donating a minimum of 1% of its total sales (not profit) into local environmental conservation organizations. We are taking a lead role in being environmental stewards in our community. We embrace the notion that the sustainability of the natural environment is fundamental to the sustainability of any business – especially ours!

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SAVE THE WHALES
SAVE THE WHALES

Eagle Wing Tours believes that the future of the planet depends on empowering people with knowledge so that positive actions can promote change. Killings, captures, bombings, lack of prey (food) & pollution continue to threaten these great leviathans. We invite you to become an advocate yourselves by supporting the 'causes' that are near and dear to our hearts. Here are the tools you need to become a steward on behalf of these whales from the comfort of your own homes.

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RESEARCH
RESEARCH

Research is an integral part of acquiring a comprehensive understanding of the complex issues that any living creature is faced with. Eagle Wing Tours will continue to support the Center for Whale Research with their long term studies of the SRKW's, and Vancouver Aquarium's research via funds raised through their orca adoption program. Eagle Wing has exclusively adopted the 'Cookie' crew: J22 Oreo, Double-stuff & cookie.

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SAVE THE SALMON
SAVE THE SALMON

Save the salmon & you save the whales! Chinook salmon is the primary food source of the Southern Resident Killer Whales (Orca) and equates to over 90% of their summer diet. With over-fishing, stream habitat destruction, pollution, and salmon predation from other animals there is a tremendous amount of pressure on a very important food source. We do our part by supporting local salmon enhancement and stream rehabilitation programs.

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daily operations
daily operations

It is important to be thorough and include a comprehensive green program not only on the boats but in our daily office operations as well. From local biodegradable products, to energy efficient technologies, we make eco-choices whenever possible.

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Education
Education

Education is critical to having a happier, healthier, more sustainable marine environment! We try to bridge both the generational and social gaps on our tours by inspiring people and providing the tools necessary for our guests to promote positive change in their communities. Eagle Wing Tours also supports a variety of local educational children programs with the hope of fostering the next generation of Salish Sea marine ambassador's.

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Respect 4 Wildlife
Respect 4 Wildlife

A respectful whale-watch company will: put the animals first, follow enforceable viewing guidelines, have adequate safety provisions, offer superior standards of customer service & care, have an on-board biologist/naturalist & above all act in a way that assures there will be whales in the future!

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