Friends of Silva Bay

Our mission is to cooperatively promote clean waters, healthy habitat and sustainable activities in and around Silva Bay and its watershed.

Friends of Silva Bay's vision is a sustainable Silva Bay with clean water, healthy surrounds, and a vibrant maritime community. Our mission is to cooperatively promote clean waters, healthy habitat and sustainable activities in and around Silva Bay and its watershed.

  • FoSB Photo Blog

    • ...upcoming...

      • Monthly collection of photos to support data collection projects, sustainability initiatives, and the maritime community. We need some volunteers. Please contact Carie.

  • Volunteer's Needed

    • ...to build interpretative signs

      • Islands Trust has given us some money to produce some interpretative signs about shore birds. We need some volunteers and wood donations to help build frames/structures for these signs. Please contact Jennifer who will be talking to the marinas about places to erect.

Latest news

Data Collection Karen Barry of Bird Studies Canada will be doing a Beached bird survey workshop survey on Gabriola May 1st, 2010. Meet 10:30am Drumbeg Provincial Park. Please email Karen for more info: bcprograms@bsc-eoc.org or Maritime Seminars for updates.

News from Mike: The bird count is still happening for those folks who are interested and Jennifer is always happy for company. We also have interpretative signs in the work for placement at the marinas. Thanks again Jen. The mooring plan is more or less being supported by boaters in the bay and hopefully we will be able to keep the central area clear for boat and float plane traffic as well as anchoring needs. It seems the boaters guide was generally well received over the summer and I've had a couple of good comments. The shoreline cleanup did not happen this year due to some family challenges for some folks but hopefully we can do something in the spring. Any volunteers to organize it?

More Bird News The waterbird survey was carried out all summer by Carie; in October Karen Barry of Bird Studies Canada gave a wonderful talk on "How Citizen Science Can Assist in Bird Conservation" using data from the Silva Bay Waterbird Survey at the Maritime Seminars. Karen is planning a workshop in Silva Bay in April May 1st on Beached Bird Surveys.

Upcoming events

Maritime Community Maritime Seminars: Every 3rd Wednesday at 7pm and some alternate Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Please join us 7pm, Friday, January 22th at the Roxy Theater, Gabriola Village for a showing of the new documentary "Farm Salmon Exposed" by Vancouver filmmaker Damien Gillis. When the film is over, there will be a question and answer period with Michelle Young of Georgia Strait Alliance.

Data Collection May 1st, 2010 Karen Barry of Bird Studies Canada will be doing a Beached bird survey workshop survey on Gabriola. Meet 10:30am Drumbeg Provincial Park. Please email Karen for more info: bcprograms@bsc-eoc.org or Maritime Seminars. Starting December '09 we are doing beached bird surveys through the winter on the Flat-tops; photos and observations here !

Data Collection The bird counts are still happening every second Sunday with Jennifer. Meet in front of Silva Bay Inn (bay side) at 11:00am. It's a fun and relaxing way to spend an hour or so!

Get Involved

Friends of Silva Bay meet every other month; everyone is welcome.

Active Groups

  • Mooring Committee

    • Summary: A very active committee that has come up with a plan for mooring placements and moves and will be doing some underwater surveys and fundraising to help implement the plan for mooring placements and moves.

      Currently meeting: Monthly. Contact fosbmooring@gmail.com

    • FoSB Mooring Poster pdf
    • Accepting donations: fosbmooring@gmail.com

      Donations to the mooring committee are under the umbrella of the Georgia Strait Alliance which can issue a tax-receipt. Link to follow to Georgia Strait Alliance donations.

  • Monthly Waterbird Survey

    • Summary: Data collection project. A monthly waterbird survey, to help determine numbers and species of birds using Silva Bay.

      Currently meeting: Monthly

    • pdf
  • Discharge Inventory

    • Summary: discharge inventory, to identify types and amounts of toxic and non-toxic discharges into Silva Bay.

      Currently meeting:

    • pdf
Mike Richards
Friends of Silva Bay
Silva Bay, Gabriola Island,
British Columbia, Canada
Website: http://friendsofsilvabay.org