Protecting and enhancing the natural values of Salt Spring Island and its surrounding waters




WOW! What a conservation success!

Salt Spring Island land conservation got a huge boost with the recent announcement by the province of forest protection of over 1300 acres of Crown lands here.  Conserving the forest and plants of these areas of the globally rare Coastal Douglas-Fir ecosystem will inherently also benefit the rare species


Photos from Art & Nature Fest 2018

Festival goers enjoyed the workshops, guided walks, performances and other activities offered at this year's Art & Nature Fest — all of this on a splendidly sunny day at the beautiful Blackburn Lake Nature Reserve. With thanks to our sponsors — Thrifty Foods, Guayaki, Salt Spring Water, and


Counting butterflies for science … and for fun!

Photo by Simon Henson In late March, the Conservancy held a well-attended training session about how to identify and count butterflies, including photographing butterflies to aid identification. This year, 22 people are counting in nature reserves, parks and home gardens--double the number of citizen scientists


Announcing A New Nature Reserve!

Photo by L. Matthias A new nature reserve—a forested 62-acre area near Ford Lake, including small streams flowing into the headwaters of Fulford Creek—is now in the hands of the Salt Spring Island Conservancy. The Howard Horel Nature Reserve has been created largely thanks to


Young Couple Stewards Their Land for Wildlife

Photo by C. Maslovat Imogen Farren and Ali Chappel purchased their land last year and fell in love with their little piece of paradise. They love the view and feel on top of the world. They can watch the changing sea and sky all day


A Cornucopia of Volunteers

Members and volunteers are the driving force of the Conservancy.  In 2017, over 220 volunteers donated over 6,800 hours to the Conservancy—an all-time high!  In 2017: 100 volunteers spent about 1,400 hours in workshops and trainings and supported events and nature reserve restoration. 2 volunteers—a photographer and


How to Help the Owls

Western Screech-owl. Photo by Jared Hobbs Have you heard the owls lately? On Salt Spring, you are most likely to hear the Barred Owl or the Great-horned Owl. But Salt Spring is also home to three other species of owl, which are currently considered rare