As the year draws to a close, we would like to say a big THANK YOU to all our guests for choosing Eagle Wing Tours and helping to support science, conservation and education in and around the Salish Sea.
Your contributions have helped us raise a grand total of $220,383.74, which we’re donating to a number of organizations to help protect this amazing ecosystem!
1% for the Planet
We’ve been members of 1% for the Planet since 2011 and are thrilled to have supported a variety of fantastic organizations and projects over the years.
We’re 100% carbon neutral, third-party verified, and all documentation is public and transparent. We’ve recently started purchasing our carbon offsets from Wilderness International, with the money going toward habitat preservation in the Toba Valley.
In 2013, Eagle Wing implemented a $2 per passenger wildlife fee, with 100% of those funds being directed to conservation initiatives in the Salish Sea. For the 2019 season, this was raised to $5, and we’redelighted to report that every penny raised is going right back into local research, conservation and education.
Here’s a round-up of organizations and projects we—and you—supported in 2019 through our commitment to 1% for the Planet, offsets for 100% of our carbon emissions, our wildlife fee and other guest donations.
- Alert Bay Cetological Society (Bay Cetology): $7,500
- Center for Whale Research: $20,000
- Floating Classroom Education Outreach Program: $4,500
- Goldstream Volunteer Salmonid Enhancement Association: $5,000 to support in-class incubation programs and other initiatives
- Lake Cowichan Salmonid Enhancement Society & Hatchery Society: $1,600
- Marine Education and Research Society: $1,000 to sponsor See A Blow? Go Slow! signs and other initiatives
- Mark Leiren-Young’s The Killer Whale Who Changed the World Feature Documentary: $5,000
- Ocean Wise for their Marine Mammal Research: $25,000
- Pacific Wild: $2,000 to support their Protect Pacific Herring campaign
- Robert Bateman Foundation: $1,000 toward the Watershed Stewardship Program (Grades 3–5)
- Saturna Island Marine Research and Education Society: $2,000 to support a bull kelp mapping project being done in conjunction with Mayne Island Conservancy
- SeaChange Marine Conservation Society: $3,000 for eelgrass and shoreline habitat restoration programs
- Sea Shepherd Conservation Society: $1,000 to support local campaigns, including Operation Virus Hunter and Operation Backbone Herring Defense Campaign
- Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea: $2,500 to support research into prey selectivity of humpback whales in southern BC.
- Pacific Salmon Foundation for the Salish Sea Marine Survival Project: $5,000
- Peninsula Streams Society: $5,000
- Porpoise Conservation Society: $7,500
- Race Rocks Ecological Reserve: $25,000
- Sierra Club — $5,000 to support old growth forest advocacy and preservation
- Sooke Salmon Enhancement Society / Jack Brooks Hatchery: $5,000
- South Vancouver Island Anglers’ Coalition: $25,000 to support the Orca Food Security Program
- Surfrider Foundation Vancouver Island: $3,000 to support shoreline cleanups
- Trial Island Conservancy Group: $2,500 toward habitat preservation on Trial Island
- Wild 4 Whales Foundation: $16,500 to support research on small vessel interactions around cetaceans in the Salish Sea and other initiatives
- Wilderness International: $23,543.74 to support habitat preservation in the Toba Valley
- World Fisheries Trust for a herring project: $15,000
- 1% for the Planet: $1,240 for membership.
THANK YOU TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU FROM ALL OF US IN THE EAGLE WING FAMILY!