Biodiversity Hotspot Saved Through Conservation Partnership

Today, the Galiano Conservancy Association, together with The Nature Trust of British Columbia, one of the province’s leading non-profit land conservation organizations, are pleased to announce that 26.5 hectares (65.5 acres) of ecologically diverse coastal Douglas-fir forest and over one kilometre of pristine rocky shoreline at Cable Bay has been purchased for conservation.  DOWNLOAD THE […]

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Why Transforming ‘wet land’ into Wetlands is the Perfect Antidote to Rainy Days

By Adam Huggins – Restoration Coordinator, GCA Rain, Rain … Not Going Away It has been a year of extreme weather events, where heretofore unknown terms like ‘atmospheric river’ and ‘heat dome’ have entered our collective vocabularies, and caused widespread devastation throughout western Canada.  The heavy rainfall event this November – where between 100 and […]

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Has the pandemic caused illegal fishing to rise in Rockfish Conservation Areas?

As borders closed and travel restrictions tightened in BC, the summer of 2020 was the season of the ‘staycation.’ With British Columbia’s endless outdoor activities and beautiful destinations, many people took advantage of exploring the province’s coast. People looked for a safe way to experience BC’s coasts amid the pandemic by taking to the water. […]

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Rockfish

About Rockfish Rockfish (Sebastes), are a fascinating genus of fish with many unique characteristics that make them quite distinct from others. Their Latin name Sebastes translates to “magnificent” in Greek. How fitting for these special creatures. Populations British Columbia’s surrounding ocean houses nearly 40 species of Rockfish, with a total of around 96 species in […]

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Conservation and Deer on Galiano Island

Background The Southern Gulf Islands are home to populations of native Columbian black-tailed deer (Odocoileus hemionus columbianus) and, in some cases, introduced fallow deer (Dama dama).  Due to the near-extirpation of native predator populations (including wolves, cougars, and bears) from the islands, and decreasing human hunting pressure over the past century, local deer populations have […]

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Galiano Conservancy’s Annual Battle of the Broom

The yellow blooms that pepper rocky outcrops and disturbed slopes each spring signal the advent of the Galiano Conservancy’s annual Scotch broom removal campaign. As has become tradition, interns and the summer students, led by the fearless Jenna Falk, hike up the face of Mount Sutil every year armed with loppers and harnesses, ready to […]

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Help Bats for Halloween

As Halloween approaches Images of scary, blood-sucking bats become common place in fall. This is the perfect time of year to join with the BC Community Bat Program, and the Little Brown Myotis Bat Project on Galiano Island to counter these bat myths and do something to help bats. “The conservation of bats in BC […]

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A final mountain top high five to celebrate lighter packs and all accessible broom being cleared!

Battling Broom on Mt. Sutil

The resilient and invasive Scotch broom (Cytisus scoparius) is back in full force this season, with flowers quickly coming into bloom in disturbed sunny sites across the island. Distinguished by its bright yellow flowers and woody stem, the perennial plant can have up to 3500 seed pods per individual, which when released, can travel up […]

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