Protect S,DÁYES Flycatcher Forest

Pender Islands Conservancy Association and Raincoast Conservation Foundation are working together to save Coastal Douglas-fir forests on Pender Island.

Photo by Alex Harris /
Raincoast Conservation Foundation.

$395,000 toward $395,000

Protecting Coastal Douglas-fir forests

We are working to purchase a 13 acre conservation property on North Pender Island, as part of a larger effort to improve local protection of globally rare Coastal Douglas-fir forests and associated habitats. These ecosystems are among the most heavily degraded in all of British Columbia and are rapidly disappearing despite their importance to wildlife and the climate change buffering services they provide. They urgently need protection. 

By supporting our conservation campaign you will be helping protect  a maturing grove of stately cedar trees, a healthy wetland surrounded by a maturing coastal Douglas-fir and arbutus forest, and all of the many species who rely on these ecosystems for habitat.

S,DÁYES Flycatcher Forest

At least thirty-five bird species have been identified on this land including olive-sided flycatchers. These birds in particular find their homes in the fringes of forests bordering wetlands, and have been federally listed as threatened due to habitat loss. Gulf Islands forests are among the few places these birds are thriving.

As a species linking forests and wetlands, the Flycatcher has become the namesake of the place. Given Pender Islands are the territory of the WSÁNEĆ people, who know them as S,DÁYES, we have named the forest S,DÁYES Flycatcher Forest. This name was chosen after consulting with a SENĆOŦEN language revitalization student.

S,DÁYES Flycatcher Forest land acquisition explainer (PDF)

A land acquisition initiative on North Pender Island.

S,DÁYES Flycatcher Forest acquisition brochure cover.
Explainer (PDF)

Two grizzly bears looking into the distance while standing in an estuary.

2021: Our impact so far

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We are already halfway through the year, and I wanted to share with you some of Raincoast’s achievements thus far. This progress relies on donors like you and the entire team at Raincoast sincerely appreciates your support. Here’s a snapshot of Raincoast’s efforts over the past six months.
Two painting float in the foreground of an out of focus fern from Flycatcher Forest.

How art will help protect S,DÁYES Flycatcher Forest

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We are incredibly grateful to every person who transformed this initiative from the hopes of one person into reality, and because we cannot thank each of you individually, we wanted to recognize a few of the artists who have donated their time and talent to the permanent protection of local ecosystems.
Wetland at the S,DÁYES Flycatcher Forest with the sun in the background.

You did it: 13 acres in 3 months!

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We are excited to announce that together with the Pender Islands Conservancy, we have raised the funds required to purchase and permanently protect S,DÁYES Flycatcher Forest on North Pender Island…
Shauna Doll looking up at a large Douglas-Fir tree.

Permanent protection of S,DÁYES Flycatcher Forest now within reach!

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In November, when Raincoast teamed up with the Pender Islands Conservancy to purchase 13-acres of Coastal Douglas Fir forest on S,DÁYES, North Pender Island, we were given 6-months to raise the required funds. Now, less than three months later, and thanks to your overwhelming generosity, we are only $4,018 away from reaching our goal…
A Coastal Douglas-fir landscape.

Volunteering with the Big Tree Registry

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Taeven Lopatecki volunteering with the Big Tree Registry is a way of quantifiably supporting conservation and awareness for this Island and this coast that she calls home. Raincoast’s scope of work, stretching from coastal landscapes to the waters of the Salish Sea and beyond, satisfies her interest in conservation topics.