Wildlife Seasons - Vancouver Island North

WILDLIFE SEASONS

Eagles
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

Black Bears
There are always some around, but in general…
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

Grizzly 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

Killer 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)

Humpback Whales
Seen more frequently in recent years in this area during the summer months (June to October)

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

Pacific white-sided dolphins or Dall’s porpoise
By chance any time of year

Herons, Cormorants, Mergansers, and many other seabirds
By chance any time of year