When I met Tom for the first time, I noticed that he loves talking about what he does. Tom is a wildlife biologist and wetland ecologist, and he oversaw the project construction at Blackburn Lake Nature Reserve in the fall of 2017. He loves to share his
November 15, 2017, was a blue-skyed day. It was the day that five people associated with the Salt Spring Island Conservancy travelled to downtown Victoria to attend the 3-day National Land Summit, hosted by the Land Trust Alliance of BC. Delegates from land trusts, conservancies, cities, and
The Conservancy’s volunteers, supporters, and food and auction donors made our November 3rd fundraiser at ArtSpring a fantastic success. The event was centred around Stan Senner, who is vice president of bird conservation in the Pacific Flyway for the National Audubon Society―among many significant roles. Stan donated
Last summer, the Conservancy’s hosted a 3-day Art & Nature Fest at Blackburn Lake Nature Reserve, which many of you attended. It was an overwhelming community effort and success! Well over 1100 people drifted in throughout the three days and learned about our work, many of whom
Over the past 5 years, the Conservancy has gradually stitched together the protection of 110 acres around beautiful Blackburn Lake. It’s a success story that we are very proud of. Just this July, we were able to add 6 acres on title to the Blackburn Lake Nature
At the end of September, the Conservancy’s Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator, Susan Dann, retired, and we’ll really miss her cheerful and hard-working presence. Susan worked for the Conservancy for about 8 years, initially as the office coordinator. She played a huge role in the development and growing
Twenty-five volunteers helped to plant 11,500 native plants over 4 days! This fall, the Conservancy restored another fairway (about 1 ha) at the former golf course at Blackburn Lake Nature Reserve, building new wetlands to increase wildlife habitat. Tom Biebighauser, wildlife biologist and wetland ecologist,
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.
Thanks to the many volunteers who got muddy with us in October! Together we planted 3000 + native plants and trees in the new wetlands at the Blackburn Lake Nature Reserve. Did you know? Wetlands are nature’s water purifiers – we’re taking direct action to keep Blackburn and Cusheon lakes healthy!