Naturalist Charlie Russell has spent a lifetime studying bears in the wild. Growing up in the Canadian Rockies, he spent his childhood assisting his father on wilderness adventures. He's best known for leading and teaching eco-tourists about bears, as well as for his decade-long cohabitation and research on grizzlies in Russia.
Founder and Campaign Director for the Wildlife Defence League, Tommy Knowles works as part of WDL's trophy-free BC initiative to monitor, document and expose the trophy hunting of grizzly bears.
Conservationist and Campaign Photographer, Edmonds works with the Wildlife Defence League to provide an in-depth look at the work this grassroots organization does. His keen eye and passion for the work of WDL can be seen in his iconic images.
Taylor is a conservationist and educator in Yellowstone National Park. For more than 30 years, she has worked with a number of organizations to help guide the vision for the ecosystem management in Yellowstone. She has been awarded the Centennial Award by the Sierra Club, the Conservationist of the Year award, and the Outstanding Activist award by the Greater Yellowstone Coalition.
Senior Attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity, Santarsiere works in the Center's Endangered Species program. She has also worked on a variety of wildlife and public-lands issues with other environmental-focused organizations including Western Watersheds Project, Greater Yellowstone Coalition and Earthjustice.
After 12 years as a war correspondent, Strauss found himself attracted to the pristine beauty of British Columbia's wilderness. He and his partner moved to the Rocky Mountains where they have been living and hosting guests for bear viewing tours at the Grizzly Bear Ranch since early 2006.
As the elected Chief Councillor and Resource Stewardship Director of the Kitasoo/Xai’xais First Nation, Doug Neasloss is intimately connected to the people and places in which the Spirit Bear Research Foundation works. He has extensive knowledge of the history of the area and traditional culture of the Kitasoo/Xai’xais people, and has worked as a bear guide for over a decade.
Scientist and PhD candidate, Christina Service works with the Spirit Bear Research Foundation and Raincoast Conservation Foundation in partnership with Coastal First Nations. Her research looks at people who share spaces with bears which helps to determine conservation planning for the future. A bear monitoring program follows the activities of bears using non-invasive methods to determine how the health of the population is doing.
Born in Bella Bella and raised in Klemtu, Edgar has always felt a connection with the wilderness of Northern BC. Today, she works as part of the indigenous laws research program, as well as the Spirit Bear Research Foundation's bear monitoring program.