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UVic prof creates new digital guide to plants, animals on B.C.’s wild coast

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Black bears in Central Coast forest.

by Gemma Karstens-Smith, Vancouver Sun, April 24, 2016

VICTORIA — An innovative app created by a University of Victoria professor is giving people around the world the ability to experience the vast, diverse beauty of British Columbia’s coast.

Ecologist Brian Starzomski and his team have catalogued more than 700 species in the Great Bear Rainforest and logged them in a new digital field guide called “Central Coast Biodiversity.” Read the rest of this entry

How to Make Feather Sticks: Dry Tinder in Wet Weather

by InnerBark Outdoors

Tinder is the foundation to fire making, but when its wet out, the ability to find effective tinder can be hard. With a little know how, and a good knife, you can start a life saving fire in any condition. Practice in a controlled environment before you take this out in the field like any survival skill.

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Bow Drill Fire: Complete Step by Step

By InnerBark Outdoors

This is a how-to on how to make a fire using the bow drill method. This method has been around for thousands of years, and is one of the best ways to make a fire without matches, lighter, or fire steel. While you may not use this technique often, it is something that should be learned and practiced.


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Review of the ESEE Izula Knife

The ESEE Izula with paracord wrapped handle.

The ESEE Izula with paracord wrapped handle.

by Zig Zag, Warrior Publications, September 2, 2014

For those that don’t know, ESEE is a knife manufacturer based in the US that also conducts survival training courses. As part of their training regime, they eventually began designing knives that were initially produced by Ontario Knife Company (the RAT series, RAT standing for Randall’s Adventure Training). In 2007, when their contract with Ontario ended, ESEE began producing their own line of field knives, ranging from small utility blades to large machete type knives. ESEE (pronounced “ess-ee”) stands for Escuela de Supervivencia (School of Survival), Escape and Evasion (ESEE), and is derived from their South American jungle training courses (including military and law enforcement agencies). The ESEE knives are manufactured in Idaho Falls, Idaho, by Rowen Manufacturing. Read the rest of this entry