Laskeek Bay Conservation Society
Laskeek Bay Conservation Society (LBCS) has been active in conservation work in the Queen Charlotte Island archipelago for over 20 years. We provide volunteer and educational opportunities for people to help conserve the marine and terrestrial ecosystems in and around Laskeek Bay.
LBCS’s field research station on East Limestone Island allows visitors and local students to gain hands-on biological research experience in a wilderness setting. We collect data on seabirds, with our main focus on the Ancient Murrelet, a small seabird listed by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) as of “Special Concern” – meaning they have certain characteristics that make them particularly sensitive to human activities or natural events. Research methods are taught to volunteers and students by two field biologists and our work is guided by a Science Advisory Committee, headed by world-renowned seabird biologist Tony Gaston. Our data is published annually; the LBCS science reports are available in pdf format from this website. LBCS also monitors other seabirds and shorebirds, marine mammals, cavity nesting birds and we keep an inventory of plants on East Limestone Island. The field research station is active from May through July each year but we also have an office in the village of Queen Charlotte which is open year-round.
Laskeek Bay Conservation Society runs several programs at their field camp on Limestone Island. The overall aim of the Publications Research Program is to provide long-term information on the biology and ecology of Haida Gwaii ecosystems with a focus on monitoring Ancient Murrelets. Research activities also include marine bird and marine mammal population monitoring, studies of intertidal invertebrates, plants and forest birds and the impact of introduced mammals on island ecosystems.
LBCS MISSION STATEMENT
- To undertake and support research and long term monitoring of wildlife populations of the marine and terrestrial ecosystems of Haida Gwaii, especially the Laskeek Bay area.
- To provide opportunities for non-scientists, especially students and local residents of Haida Gwaii, to participate as volunteers in our field programs, and to offer training to impart necessary field research skills.
- To promote better understanding of the marine and terrestrial ecosystems of Haida Gwaii, especially the Laskeek Bay area, by providing information to youth, local residents and to the public in general, in the form of publications, meetings and exhibits.
- To promote the conservation of native species and to develop public awareness of the changes caused by introduced species to Haida Gwaii.
- To support and assist other programs aimed at providing better knowledge, management and conservation of ecosystems in Haida Gwaii.