We walk the talk!

At Eagle Wing Tours, we don’t just talk about conservation. We fuel it. Through our participation in 1% for the Planet (see below), our per guest Wildlife Fee (see below), and carbon offsets we’ve raised more than $668,000 since 2011. These funds are dispersed to a broad range of conservation organizations who are working hard to restore and protect the wildlife of the Salish Sea and beyond.

Environmental stewardship is at the heart of everything we do at Eagle Wing. Our customers can take pride in knowing that their tourism dollars are leaving a positive impact on the whales and the marine environment we all depend on.
Brett Soberg and Don Stewart, owners, Eagle Wing Tours

One of our partners: Goldstream Salmonid Enhancement Association

1% for the Planet

In 2011, we were Victoria’s first whale watching company to join 1% for the Planet. As a member, we donate 1% of our total annual revenue to non-profit groups dedicated to sustainability and environmental protection. For a complete list of the organizations we support, see below.

Wildlife Fee

In 2013, we were the first whale watching company in Victoria to add a per guest wildlife fee to support conservation research in the region. The fee, currently $5, is donated directly to three organizations: the Center for Whale Research, the Pacific Salmon Foundation and the Wild 4 Whales Foundation.

Meet our conservation partners

Center for Whale Research

Since 1976 the US-based Center for Whale Research (CWR) has been the leading research and advocacy organization studying killer whales in the Salish Sea, with a special focus on the endangered southern resident killer whale population. Through an ongoing photo-ID project known as Orca Survey, the CWR performs on-water census and health assessments of the whales, informs elected officials of ecosystem needs, and shares the whales’ stories with the world. More than four decades of research has created the world’s only long-term dataset on the behaviour, health and social dynamics of the southern resident killer whales. Learn more

Pacific Salmon Foundation

Wild Pacific salmon are food for resident killer whales! They’re a keystone species in BC, supporting ecosystems, coastal communities and cultures, and more than $1 billion in economic activity. The Pacific Salmon Foundation (PSF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation and restoration of wild Pacific salmon and their natural habitats in BC and the Yukon. The foundation provides money to community groups that conserve and restore salmon streams across the province, manages watershed initiatives to connect multiple stakeholders, advances science to better understand the factors that limit salmon abundance, and works with government to prioritize salmon conservation in the province. Learn more

Ocean Wise

The ocean provides food, transport, recreation and even the oxygen we breathe! The mission of Ocean Wise is to inspire all of us to become ocean stewards by increasing our understanding of and appreciation for the oceans. It does this by science-based storytelling, education, research, the Ocean Wise Seafood Program, the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, the BC Wild Killer Whale Adoption Program, and the world-renowned Vancouver Aquarium and its Marine Mammal Rescue Centre. Learn more

Photo credit: Vancouver Aquarium / Ocean Wise

Wild 4 Whales Foundation

The Wild 4 Whales Foundation is a not-for-profit organization created by Eagle Wing Tours in 2016 to support research, advocacy and education on cetaceans and other marine wildlife in the Salish Sea and beyond. Organizations and projects funded through the foundation to date include:

    • Alert Bay Cetological Society
    • Author Mark Leiren-Young video on Moby Doll
    • “Floating Classroom” Education Program
    • Lake Cowichan Salmonid Enhancement Society & Hatchery
    • Ocean Wise
    • Peninsula Streams Society
    • Porpoise Conservation Society
    • Race Rocks Ecological Reserve (Pearson College)
    • Southern Vancouver Island Anglers Coalition: Chinook project
    • Wilderness International
    • World Fisheries Trust

Who we’re supporting

Here’s a round-up of all the organizations and projects we—and our tour guests—continue to support through 1% for the Planet and the Wildlife Fee.

What our partners say about us…

“Currently, only 3% of total philanthropy goes to the environment and, only 5% of that comes from businesses. The planet needs bigger support than this, and our growing network of business members—including Eagle Wing Tours—is doing its valuable part to increase giving and support on-the-ground outcomes.”

—    Kate Williams, CEO, 1% for the Planet

“The premier study undertaken by the Center for Whale Research has always been benign photo-identification work to document the demographics and occupancy of all ecotypes of killer whales in the Salish Sea. The Pacific Whale Watch Association currently provides early contact information useful for this study and Eagle Wing Tours, in particular, provides this information for the Strait of Juan de Fuca.”

Dr. Ken Balcomb, Senior Scientist, Center for Whale Research

“We’re grateful for Eagle Wing Tour’s early and generous financial support of our recently concluded five-year Salish Sea Marine Survival Project, the largest international research project ever undertaken in the Salish Sea targeted at concerns about production of Pacific Salmon.”

Mike Meneer, President & CEO, Pacific Salmon Foundation

“Pacific Wild is grateful for financial support from Eagle Wing Tours, a sustainable marine tourism company with a passion for conservation. Your donation toward the work to save the last viable Pacific herring population on BC’s coast is making a difference.”

Justyne Banno, Pacific Wild