GBEARS is a Nanaimo, British Columbia based non-profit society of professional biologists dedicated to the understanding, protection, and restoration of native plant and animal species, habitats and ecosystems at risk within the Georgia Basin, as well as the study and control of invasive introduced species which present a threat to native species. We cooperate with other organizations with related interests in the Georgia Basin.
“The Georgia Basin” links two nations, spans 135,000 sq. km and includes the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the Strait of Georgia, Puget Sound, the adjacent lowlands of Vancouver Island, the lower mainland and the slopes of the mountain ranges surrounding and draining into this area. The natural ecological systems in this area are among those most heavily affected by human land development and urbanization impacts in the Pacific Northwest.
As a result, the Canadian portion of the Georgia Basin may contain the largest number of endangered, threatened and vulnerable native animal and plant species of any area in BC. This area has also been invaded by many non-native animal and plant species of ecological concern.
Purposes of GBEARS:
native plants, animals, habitats and ecosystems at risk
due to human activities
and their impacts.
Georgia Basin Ecological Assessment and Restoration Society (GBEARS)
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