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.

News and Events

  • April Photos: April 4th and 5th the Silva Bay maritime community hosts the annaul boat launch festival; everyone, young and old, can get out on the bay in a beautiful traditional small wooden boat. Expect May photos mid-month.

  • Bird of the month: The 'bird of the month' for May is the black oystercatcher.

  • 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.

      • Posted: April 28, 09

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!

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