TheWild 4 Whales Foundation was created in November 2016 in order to respond to the increasing desire of our guests to help make a difference and contribute more to conservation and science in the Salish Sea. The Wild 4 Whales Foundation is a not-for-profit organization formed by Eagle Wing Tours owners Brett Soberg & Donald Stewart, with board members Dr. Anna Hall, Christian Blondeau, Brett Soberg, Donald Stewart & Judi Fitzgerald. It is dedicated to helping whales and all marine wildlife as well as ancestral first nations lands found in the Salish Sea surrounding Victoria BC. This is being accomplished through advocacy, education, science and conservation, in partnership with individuals, businesses and other not-for-profits to help us achieve our goals.
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 help to 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 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. Since 2013, we’ve faced dramatic reductions in our funding. This affects 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 Victoria’s first whale watching tour operator to become a proud business member of 1% For the Planet, 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 $230,000.
Our 1% contribution is split between:
Goldstream Salmon Enhancement Association
Pacific Salmon Foundation
Sea Change Marine Conservation Society
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (Canada)
Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre
Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science centre–wild killer whale research
Pearson College / Race Rocks Ecological Reserve
The Center for Whale Research
Saturna Island Marine Research & Education Society
Eagle Wing Tours will continue to support 1% For the Planet and in conjunction with the Wild 4 Whales wildlife fee, we expect to increase our annual contribution based on revenue growth with your support. Thank you!
TOTAL donations by year
donated in 2012:
1% FTP = $10,133.00
donated in 2013:
WFee = began collecting December 1, 2013.
1% FTP = $11,465.00
donated in 2014: (was projected to be $30,000)
WFee = $25,070
1% FTP = $13,636
TOTAL for year = $38,706.00
donated in 2015: (was projected to be $65,000)
WFee = $45,694
1% FTP = $25,108
TOTAL for year = $70,802.00
donated in 2016: (was projected to be $80,000)
WFee = $58,238
1% FTP = $30,302
TOTAL for year = $88,540.00
donated in 2017: (was projected to be $90,000)
WFee = $60,082
1% FTP = $36,500
TOTAL for year = $96,582 .00
donated in 2018: (was projected to be $100,000)
WFee = $73,506
1% FTP = $42,000 (approximate)
TOTAL for year = $115,506.00
projected donations in 2019:
WFee = UPDATE: December 1st, 2018 the $2 fee increased to $5 fee per person