Photo: Cassin's auklets on Triangle Island

(Credit: Duncan Wright)

Over half the world's population of Cassin's auklets are nesting on Triangle Island, off the northwest coast of Vancouver Island. Cassin's auklets are small, chunky black seabirds that nest in burrows on small islands.

Triangle Island is part of the Scott Islands group, home to an astounding number of nesting seabirds. Birds that spend their whole lives at sea come to these islands to nest because of the abundance of forage fish in the surrounding ocean. Their nesting area is protected, but the surrounding ocean where they fish for food is not. It's been years since Environment Canada has proposed a marine wildlife area in these waters, and yet nothing is protected.

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