An overview of the project
The second year of the Bella Bella conservation internship program for high school students began on Monday. Pacific Wild is teaming up with The Nature Conservancy as we support Qqs Projects Society in providing youth in Bella Bella with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in ecology and natural resource management.
The interns will spend eight weeks working alongside Qqs’ Coastwatch field crew as they perform research and monitoring of Heiltsuk traditional territory. The majority of the internship will be spent on the Goose Island Group and surrounding waters, an area treasured for its biodiversity and cultural significance. There the interns will take part in research such as rockfish surveys, marine mammal monitoring, deer pellet transects, and intertidal surveys. They will also be setting up underwater cameras and using trail cameras to study the deer and wolf populations on the island.
Additionally, the interns will have the opportunity to share their experiences with the youth taking part in our sister internship program in Hartley Bay. Please stay tuned throughout the summer as we post updates when we return from the field each weekend.
The internship blog can also be viewed on Qqs Projects Society’s website here: