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Red Alder, Slough Sedge and Cottonwood

Wetland Swamp [Red-Listed] This shaded sedge dominated community forms on the edge of cottonwood stands where there are often mature alders. Sword fern, salmonberry, grand fir and cedar all usually fringe these associations in varying degrees. Currently reported on Salt Spring only from the McFadden Nature Reserve. Photo by


Black Cottonwood, Red Alder and Salmonberry

Wetland Forest [Blue-Listed] In wetter sites, the slough sedge and alder association transitions to a community with more cottonwoods and more salmonberry. Found on Salt Spring Island at the McFadden Nature Reserve and at the south end of St. Mary’s lake. These cottonwood stands provide important foraging and nesting


Labrador-tea, Western Bog-laurel and Peat Mosses

Wetland Bog [Blue-Listed] This is probably the most unusual ecological community on Salt Spring Island and is one of only a few bogs that occur on the Southern Gulf Islands. Since being converted to a reservoir, Rosemurgy’s Lake now features floating Sphagnum islands and partially submerged logs that provide


Common Cattail Marsh

Wetland Marsh [Blue-Listed] These cattail dominated wetlands provide an important habitat resource to many species of birds, mammals, insects, amphibians and even fish. On Salt Spring, they form a partial fringe along the lakes and occur less commonly in roadside ditches and wet meadows with standing water. In


Texas Balloonwort

Sphaerocarpos texanus This small, thalloid, bright green branched liverwort is found on flat, lightly shaded soil. Usually by roadsides. The species is sexually dimorphic, with male plants usually 3–5 mm in diameter, females up to 12 mm in diameter. This species is red listed and found on Salt


Wetland Work!

We are working on a new wetland on Blackburn Lake Nature Reserve. The excavation work is done, the mulching is under way and soon our new plants from our Native Plants Nursery will go out into the riparian area. It is very exciting work, and we are always looking for more volunteers to help us.


Common Woodnymph

Cercyonis pegala incana [Red Listed] - Photo by James Miskelly Range: The Common Woodnymph ranges across southern Canada from Pacific to Atlantic, south to the southern United States.  The local subspecies (subspecies incana) is restricted to south-western BC, western Washington, and north-western Oregon. Wingspan: 5 cm Habitat:


Dun Skipper

Euphyes vestris [Red Listed, Threatened]  Range: There are two separate populations.  One is found from east of the Rocky Mountains to the Atlantic coast.  The local population is much rarer and occurs from southwestern BC to California. Wingspan: 2.5 – 3 cm Habitat: wetlands, ditches, disturbed


Moss’s Elfin

Callophrys mossii mossii  [BlueListed] - Photo by James Miskelly Range: Moss’ Elfin ranges from southern BC to southern California, east to the Rocky Mountains.  The local subspecies (subspecies mossii) is found only in the region from south-western BC to Oregon. Wingspan: 2.5 cm Habitat: Rocky outcrops, cliffs,