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.
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.