Wildlife Sustainability Fee -
Eagle Wing Tours Ltd. believes that it is everyone’s obligation and responsibility to do what they can to support the sustainability of wildlife and as such is proud to be Victoria’s first whale watching company to adopt a sustainability fee to help support a variety of Not for Profit organizations dedicated to local wildlife research and educational projects for both youth and adults alike.
Effective December 1st, 2013 we have instituted a $2.00 per passenger fee with 100% of money raised going to support two distinct important project directly related to the sustainability of the southern resident killer whales:
- Pacific Salmon Foundation & the “Salish Sea Marine Survival project”: FOOD FOR THE WHALES!! The Pacific Salmon Foundation and its U.S. partner Long Live the Kings in Seattle, Washington has designed a program of ecosystem research and habitat restoration intended to increase the production of Chinook, coho and steelhead in the Salish Sea (Strait of Georgia, Strait of Juan de Fuca and Puget Sound). The five-year project will provide help improve future fisheries management policy and restore the economic and cultural benefits to communities surrounding the Salish Sea.
- The Center for Whale Research , 2013: RESEARCH THE WHALES!! Today our mission remains the same: to conduct benign studies of regional killer whales (orcas) for the purpose of conserving populations and informing both the government and the public of their ecosystem needs. CWR is a non-profit [IRS 501(c)(3)] corporation registered with the Attorney General in Washington State. CWR funding historically has come from government contracts, other non-profit organizations, and charitable public contributions. Like many organizations these days, CWR is faced with government funding cutbacks. As our funding from government agencies declines each year, we must look to the public for more support. In 2013, we face dramatic reductions in our funding. This change may seriously effect our ability to monitor and protect not only the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales, but all killer whales in this area. We need your support, now more than ever.
1% For the Planet Program-
As a proud member of 1% For the Planet businesses we are asked to contribute one percent of our gross revenues to non-profit groups dedicated to the pursuit of sustainability and environmental protection and since 2012 we have donated in excess of $ 32,000.
Our 1% contribution is split between:
- Goldstream Salmon Enhancement Association
- Pacific Salmon Foundation
- Sea Change Marine Conservation Society
- Sea Shepard Conservation Society (Canada)
- Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre
- Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science centre
- Pearson College / Race Rocks Ecological Reserve
- The Centre for Whale Research
Eagle Wing Tours will continue to support 1% For the Planet and expect to increase our annual contribution based on revenue growth with your support. Thank You:))
Wild 4 Whales 24/7 Program-
From May 16th through September 30th, for every adult booking received from our accommodation partners, Eagle Wing is putting $ 7.00 in an environmental sustainable fund called 24/7 with that money being donated on our partners behalf to support one or more of our existing 1% For the Planet Not for Profit organizations, or a project that will help us to promote sustainability through education.
Based on revenue from 24/7, in 2013 we were able to support:
- WET / Whale Entanglement Team - Marine Life Studies along with Fluke Foundation were instrumental in formalizing the Whale Entanglement Team known as W.E.T. to disentangle whales from marine debris and fishing lines.
- The Vancouver Aquarium Wild Killer Whale Adoption Program, launched in 1992, raises funds to support ground-breaking research on wild killer whales – research that is proving essential in the effort to protect these magnificent animals and their habitat. Funds raised through the program mainly support research on wild killer whales, but also includes other marine mammals that Killer Whales interact with – and sometimes prey on – in their marine environment. Eagle Wing adopted all 80 southern Resident Killer Whales
TOTAL Previous years donations
donated in 2012:———————–> $ 12,000
donated in 2013:———————–> $ 20,000
donated in 2014:———————–> $ 40,000
projected donations for 2015:—–> $ 60,000