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


Species At Risk

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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


Coastal Scouler’s Catchfly

The Coastal Scouler’s Catchfly, Silene scouleri spp. Grandis, is a hairy perennial in the Pink Family of flowering plants. It is named after the sticky hairs on its leaves that can trap small insects which try to steal nectar without pollinating the flowers. It is a Red-listed, Endangered species. This species is distinctive for its greenish-white to purplish striped flowers clustered in a narrow spike-like arrangement. The slender pale green leaves are hairy and grow in a rosette of basal leaves that are up to 20 cm long with paired opposite leaves gradually reducing in size up the stem. The whole plant can be 15-80 cm tall and grows erect. It is most likely insect pollinated. The fruit is a dark egg-shaped capsule containing numerous small greyish brown pimply seeds which ripen in September or October and drop from the plants in November.


Western Bumblebee

Bombus occidentalis Once very common in western North America it is now very rare, found only in pockets of its former range. Distinct white striping on the lower abdomen. This is a federally threatened species. Read more about these bees here.


American Glasswort and Sea-milkwort

Estuary Marsh [Red-Listed] With the exception of eelgrass, this plant community occurs at the lowest elevation band in estuaries where there is tidal flooding. The only other plants tough enough to share this salty environment, seashore saltgrass and Lyngbye’s sedge, intermix before forming their own dominant communities


Lyngbye’s Sedge and Herbaceous Vegetation

Estuary Marsh [Red-Listed] This sedge dominated association grows where there are fluctuations in brackish water on tidal flats and channel margins. Lyngbye’s sedge often occurs in dense pure stands, although some sites have Pacific silverweed, seacoast bulrush, and Douglas’ aster. Examples are rare on Salt Spring only occuring


Seashore Saltgrass and Herbaceous Plants

Estuary Marsh [Blue-Listed] This rare estuary marshland is dominated by seashore saltgrass (Distichlis spicata) with few other plants tolerant of the salinity from frequent tidal floodings. It occurs on Salt Spring Island in shallow lagoons and bays enclosed by sand spits behind Jack Foster Beach and along Booth


Dune Wildrye and Beach Pea

Beach [Red-Listed] Although this is one of the rarest plant associations found on Salt Spring Island (there is less than four hundred square meters), it is also one of the easiest to observe as it occurs along the road edge at the head of Fulford Harbour. Anyone who