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category: Nature
published: May 2016
publisher: RMB | Rocky Mountain Books

At Sea with the Marine Birds of the Raincoast

by Caroline Fox

tagged: birds, coastal regions & shorelines, environmental conservation & protection

Winner, 2016 Lane Anderson Award for Best Canadian Science Writing
Shortlisted, Basil Stuart-Stubbs Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Book on British Columbia.

An illustrated narrative that interweaves the shifting seasons of the Northwest Coast with the experiences of a conservation biologist surveying thousands of kilometres of open ocean in order to uncover the complex relationships between humans, marine birds and the realities of contemporary biodiversity.

At Sea with the Marine Birds of the Raincoast combines the natural and human histories of Pacific Northwest marine birds with Caroline Fox’s personal story of her life as a conservation scientist. Accompanied by vivid images, drawings and both archival and modern photography, the narrative follows the author as she sails the coast, documenting marine bird diversity and seasonal shifts in community assemblages.


This unique story captures the natural splendour and rich variety of marine birds feeding, breeding and undertaking spectacular, often trans-equatorial migrations along the Northwest Coast. Introducing some of the most fascinating yet poorly understood species, including albatrosses, puffins and cranes, this compelling read calls attention to the urgent conservation challenges faced by marine birds and their ecosystems, as well as their historically complex relationship with human society.

About the Author

Caroline Fox

Dr. Caroline Fox is a conservation scientist, educator, and advocate for nature. Her research tends to focus on marine predators, species at risk, ecosystem interactions, and assessments of anthropogenic impacts on coastal ecosystems. Marine birds and their habitats are of particular interest. She is a longtime conservation scientist with Raincoast Conservation Foundation. Currently, she is also a Killam Postdoctoral Fellow at Dalhousie University and the University of Victoria. Caroline lives on Vancouver Island, which lies off Canada’s Pacific coast. .

  • Winner, Lane Anderson Award
Editorial Reviews

"Caroline Fox presents in the guise of an account of her experiences as a field biologist a wonderful memoir of coastal British Columbia."

— BC Studies

The narrative has a rhythm like the ocean itself, gently rolling along transect lines as we follow Caroline Fox on the bow of the Achiever, where she works as the Raincoast Conservation Foundation’s resident bird expert on research trips to survey the density and distribution of British Columbia’s coastal marine birds....But don’t let the pleasure of reading this enjoyable narrative fool you: Fox’s story has as much depth as the open ocean.—Sean MacPherson, The Ormsby Review

— The Ormsby Review

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