WILDLIFE SEASONS

DBradshaw - Rupert Arm Eagle FullEagles
Abundant year round
Mating season in May (large groups, lots of interaction)
Very active and abundant during spawning season in Sept-Oct, Quatse river a very good viewing area

 

 

CHufnagel - Baby cub in treeBlack Bears
There are always some around, but in general…
May they become a common site along the highway corridors
May through late-October
May to August, they tend to be in the grassy, green areas
September and October, they tend to move to the rivers for the salmon spawn

 

BJ00774 Full - GrizzlyGrizzly Bears
Late May to mid June is mating season
Spring thaw to August, they tend to be found in sedge grass areas or on the beach at low tide
Mid July is when you are likely to start seeing cubs
September to early October, they tend to be found near the rivers for the salmon spawn
Grizzlies are not found on Vancouver Island, but are on the adjacent mainland coast

 

whale-watching-OrcaWaters15Killer Whales (Orcas)
“Transient” Orcas – also known as Biggs’ killer whales or mammal-eating killer whales
Seen by chance at any time of year (they follow the food, marine mammals in the Transient’s case)
“Northern Resident” Orcas – also known as fish-eating killer whales
Tend to be seen from early July to October (they follow the food too, fish in the case of the Northern Residents so September can be particularly active with the salmon runs)

 

MJensen-Whale-Nootka-SoundHumpback Whales
Seen more frequently in recent years in this area during the summer months (June to October)

 

 

 

SFines - AfternoonNapSteller sea lions
By chance any time of year
Winter months, on the docks in Hardy Bay, Port Alice

 

 

 

seasmoke-whale-watching-headerPacific white-sided dolphins or Dall’s porpoise
By chance any time of year

 

 

 

 

cverbrugge-blue-heronHerons, Cormorants, Mergansers, and many other seabirds
By chance any time of year