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.

Ecology of Silva Bay, its watershed, and Flat-top Islands

Ecology of Silva Bay, its watershed, and Flat-top Islands includes nearshore ecosystems, all the birds in Silva Bay, waterbirds, shoreline and terrestrial, and marine and shoreline mammals.


FoSB Data Collection ProjectsSilva Bay, its watershed, and Flat-top Islands

  • Eelgrass Mapping

    Mapping: One of the goals of the FoSB is to map all the eelgrass beds in the Silva Bay and Flat Top Islands region.

    The FoSB are currently working with the Community Mapping Network to incorporate our eelgrass mapping data into the province wide eelgrass mapping initiative.

  • BC Coastal Waterbird Survey

    We record and count all the birds in Silva Bay. All the waterbirds and several other species are entered into the BC Coastal Waterbird survey database maintained by Bird Studies Canada.

  • Bird of the Month

    Please send us your photos, videos, accounts, etc. of the bird from just the given month. Then, at the close of month we will create from the contributions a "bird of the month" page for that species.

    • April - Bald Eagle
    • May - Black Oystercatcher
    • June - Purple Martin
    • July - Violet-green swallow
    • August - Double crested cormorant
    • September - Great Blue Heron
    • October - Bufflehead
    • November - Surf Scoter
    • December - Canada Goose
  • Songbirds

    We count all the songbirds observed in the area. To date we are tracking this data but have no database in which to maintain this data.

Mike Richards
Friends of Silva Bay
Silva Bay, Gabriola Island,
British Columbia, Canada