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


Salt Spring Wildlife

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Restoration Work

The Salt Spring Island Conservancy has successfully restored over 2 acres of new wetland habitat since acquiring the Blackburn Lake Nature Reserve. One of the monitoring tools we use to assess our success is a wildlife camera to see which critters are enjoying the new



Raccoon Procyon lotor Raccoons are a mostly nocturnal hunter, enjoying fresh fruits, nuts, berries, fish, insects, small mammals, eggs, grubs and amphibians. They are curious and known to eat garbage, chickens and anything left out for them. They are also very important scavengers, who help to keep


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,


Propertius Duskywing

Erynnis propertius [Red Listed] Photo by Laura Matthias Range: The Propertius Duskywing is found from south-western BC to Baja California.  There are no recognized subspecies. Wingspan: 3.5 – 4 cm Habitat: open areas with oak Hostplant: Garry Oak overwinters: L5 Adults are seen mainly April and May,


Zerene Fritillary

Speyeria zerene bremneri Photo by Laura Matthias Range: The Zerene Fritillary is highly variable species with many varieties.  The species as a whole is found from southern BC and Alberta south to California and New Mexico. The local subspecies (subspecies bremneri) is found only in south-western BC


Black rat

Black Rat  Rattus rattus Introduced rats prey upon native birds and can cause considerable damage around buildings and gardens. Rat problems near dwellings can be minimized by tightly securing garbage and by avoiding the placement of meat products in compost piles. Photo by Non-Native


Brown Rat

Brown Rat Rattus norvegicus The Brown Rat or Norway Rat is globally widespread and costs primary industry hundreds of millions of dollars per year. It has caused or contributed to the extinction or range reduction of native mammals, birds, reptiles and invertebrates through predation and competition. It


Green Sea Turtle

Chelonia mydas  is a large marine animal with paddle-like front legs. Length may be up to 1.5 meters, and the shell is smooth, unlike the ridged back of the Leatherback Sea Turtle. The adult diet is herbivorous, the main food being algae. This turtle is rarely sighted in