Conservancy Hornby Island undertakes and supports local and regional conservation projects to benefit Hornby Island’s land and marine environments.
Our second annual HerringFest held March 7-10, 2018, was a great success thanks to a fabulous team of volunteers, engaging speakers and generous donors. Check out Anthony Gregson’s article, “Serious Fun at the HerringFest“, published by the Islands Grapevine, and our photo album and list of contributors here.
“The two presentations on killer whales and sea lions I saw were models for teaching and learning: informative, funny, lucid, well-paced, and fun. The atmospherics at the hall was friendly and engaged, with a fine mix of new and familiar faces.” – Keith Harrison
“It was a terrific festival and you deserve big congratulations. It was a great pleasure for me to be included and for me to be there”. – Bristol Foster
“That was a terrific Herring Festival! I truly believe that CHI is … making a difference in raising the awareness of the public about herring and the ecosystem they support. I thought all three featured speakers were absolutely terrific…” – Don Peterson
HerringFest 2019 will be held March 6-9, 2019.
Hornby Island Marine Atlas
CHI proudly announces the publication of our Hornby Island Marine Conservation Atlas, a compendium of maps, images and information about the incredible marine life surrounding us.
“[Y]our excellent Atlas of the oceans around Hornby…is an excellent model for all communities, island or land based, to understand the real wealth of place. I will certainly point to your atlas whenever I can to show the spirit of a community that is grounded to a place. Congratulations.” – David Suzuki
To order copies through the mail, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or CHI, Box 55, Hornby Island, BC, V0R 1Z0. The cost is $20.00 per guide ($15 for Conservancy Hornby Island members) plus $3.00 shipping.
Upcoming 2018 Events:
BEACH CLEANUP DAY: SATURDAY APRIL 21
Conservancy Hornby Island will be holding a Beach Cleanup Day all around the island on the afternoon of Saturday, April 21. Please contact Joanne Wyvill at jjwyvill at gmail dot com or 250-335-1508 to sign up.
Please be aware that CHI accepts no liability for your safety during this action. Bring good gloves to protect your hands (we will have a few pairs available if anyone forgets), and be very careful handling sharp objects, broken glass etc. Also be cautious when walking on rocks, logs etc. We are timing it for the afternoon when the tide is ebbing to low, to attain the driest time of day, weather co-operating. We’ll meet at 12:45 p.m. in the Ringside. Please sign in and find out your assigned cleanup stretch.
May 15, 2018, 7 p.m. @ Hornby Community Hall: Dave Manning, author of The Old Man and the Vultures, will tell us about these interesting birds. We will also hold our AGM very quickly that evening.
Nature Viewing Guide
CHI publishes the Hornby Island Nature Viewing Guide both online and in print. Hard copies are available at various locations around the island including the Co-op porch. The online guide features a map with links that will take you to the twelve different nature viewing locations.
Conservancy Hornby Island is a Canadian registered society with charitable status since 1991. The main purpose of the society is to preserve and foster stewardship of the human and natural environment of Hornby and adjacent waters.
The Conservancy, through its own initiatives, partnership and cooperation with other interest groups has participated in securing the protection and conservation of approximately 39 % of Hornby’s land base.
Hornby is a unique island situated in the north central Salish Sea (Strait of Georgia} and is greatly affected by its marine environment and by its location in the rain shadow of Vancouver Island.
While in the dry Douglas fir coastal eco-system, Hornby island is covered by examples of the few remaining Garry oak and arbutus forests left in the Salish Sea area. While only five miles across each way it has unique broad sandy beaches, beautiful sandstone cliffs and a variety of forests covering the 1,000 feet of Mount Geoffrey located in the centre of the island. The natural environment includes a wide variety of marine and bird life, including Stellar Sea lions that winter on Norris Rocks, herring who spawn around the Island in March and many species of birds that live here or migrate annually north and south.
Naturally, the beauty and diversity of the land and sea environment attract people to Hornby Island. The winter population of Hornby is about 900 permanent residents and three to four thousand during the summer holiday long weekends. Hornby has a strong ethic of protecting the environment as noted above. Also, there are marine conservation areas over parts of the surrounding ocean.
Conservancy Hornby Island is and has been very active in protecting and enhancing both the terrestrial and marine environments with the following activities:
- Created a partnership to acquire the Links-Parson 450 acres of private land now known as Mt Geoffrey Escarpment Provincial Park.
- Facilitated the donation of 40 acres of Strachan Valley forest and wet land to Mt. Geoffrey Regional Park and monitoring the Conservation covenant.
- Coordinated the biophysical mapping of the islands Mt Geoffrey Crown lands and provided an action plan for Hornby Resident and Ratepayers Association for the management of those lands for groundwater recharge protection and public access via a forest trail system.
- Assisting property owners in their application for a Natural Area Protection Tax Exemption (NAPTEP) and monitoring the conservation covenant
- Funding the surveying and sampling of the marine foreshore for “ forage fish “ habitat
- Financially assisting research into a kelp restoration program
- Providing signage identifying rockfish protected areas
- Coordinating the annual Audobahn Christmas Bird Count for Hornby Island
- Maintaining the Purple Martin colonies by providing “housing “at Ford Cove and Thatch docks,
- Membership Participation in the Provincial Parks Committee towards sensitive management of the islands three parks.
- Through newsletter and articles informing Hornby Islanders and others of the environmental issues that affect our island,
Annual Memberships are only $10
To join Conservancy Hornby Island and or make a donation you can:
- Email us at email@example.com
- Mail to CHI, box 55 Hornby Island BC V0R 1Z0