Say YES to Y.E.S.!

Welcome to the Yellow Point Ecological Society (Y.E.S.). Our purpose is to understand, appreciate, protect and restore the ecosystems and watersheds in the Yellow Point area of Vancouver Island, and to inspire and support local residents and visitors to do the same. We honour the Snuneymuxw and Stz’uminus First Nations, who have stewarded these lands and the waters of the Salish Sea for thousands of years.

We want to protect and celebrate Nature’s beauty. We want to be a voice for the wildlife, the forests and the plants that have no human voice with which they can speak. If you are a kindred spirit, please join us as a member!
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Saturday November 2nd, 2-4:30pm  Cedar Community hall

Come and enjoy an afternoon of great short movies, exploring the beauty of nature and some of the ways we can protect and restore it. MC – Guy Dauncey. Questions and discussion. Everyone welcome. Free. Hosted by the Yellow Point Ecological Society Movies include:

Embers and the Giants

Mining for Old Growth

Mission to Revive the Redwoods

50 Years Ago This Was a Wasteland

The Call of the Land: The Next Generation of Farmers

40 Years Alone in the Woods, Now Scientists Love Him

Feeling the Power from the Cold

Rise from One Island to Another

The Secrets of the Six Mountains

Riding a Horse to Find Magnolia

World Premiere of our new YES Movie!

Nature Now

Common Yard Birds of Yellow Point

Previous Speakers and Activities

Thursday May 30th, 7pm. Forests Forever! An Evening with Galen Armstrong, Sierra Club of BC Lead Organizer. 13561 Barney Road, off Yellow Point Rd. By donation.


You are invited to join us for another great evening, this time with Galen Armstrong, the Sierra Club of BC’s Lead Organizer. Our forests are our best ally in fighting climate change. Old-growth temperate rainforest has the largest carbon storage capacity per hectare on Earth. Halting the logging of endangered old-growth forest on Vancouver Island will help reduce BC’s carbon footprint and allow salmon, bears, wolves and many other species a fighting chance to adapt to a warming world. Learn more about forests and climate. The Sierra Club wants an action plan to restore the health of our forests, including increasing protection of the rare temperate rainforest with more government and community control over corporate logging operations on public land. If you’d like to join us, please email us at to give us a sense of numbers! By donation.

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On Saturday April 6th we joined the BC-wide Forest March BC in Nanaimo and locally  in Blue Heron Park.


For our January 2019 Newsletter, click here

Our Previous Speakers, hikes and activities

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Chloe and Finn Unger spoke at our 2018 AGM about Project HOWL – Help Our Wolves Live.

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Janet is head of the DFO Dive Fisheries Program, and oversees BC’s stock assessment programs for Green Sea Urchins, Red Sea Urchins, Giant Red Sea Cucumbers and Pacific Geoduck Clams.


Broom busting

Sunday June 3rd – a bash when we eliminated a good chunk of of the broom on Yellow Point Road, near the Lodge. A single plant can produce 18,000 seeds that live in the soil for 30 to 40 years. Thanks to Broombusters for their practical advice and support.


Ted Leischner has kept bees for 30 years, including 10 years as a commercial beekeeper with 500 hives. He taught beekeeping for 15 years at an agricultural college in Alberta.

After observing the importance of bees to our agricultural economy, and noting the serious nature of bee decline, Ted became engaged in bee pollinator conservation outreach on Vancouver Island through Bee Plan Now to save both our honey bees and our 400 species of native bees, to ensure our local capacity for pollination and seed set for flowers, fruits and nuts for decades to come. Come and join us for another great evening!


Bruce Whittington is an acclaimed naturalist, birder, author and wildlife photographer. He will be sharing insights into our local Yellow Point birds, and inviting us to engage as citizen-scientists, watching and noting the many birds who are our fellow-residents.

Bruce is the author of Seasons with Birds, The Field Naturalist, and Wildlife Watch on an Alaska Cruise, and founder and former Executive Director of the Habitat Acquisition Trust. With Wanda Dombrowski he operates Bayview Framing and Art on First Avenue in Ladysmith.


Genevieve is a volunteer with the Cowichan Valley Naturalists. She is a mother of four, a nature interpreter, biologist, ecological reserve warden and women’s counselor. She has shared her passion for nature with children and adults for many years, including in BC Parks, School District #79, Girl Guides and with the Bring Back the Bluebirds Project. In 2016 she was honoured as BC Parks Volunteer of the Year. She works closely with her husband Dave Polster, a highly-respected restoration biologist.


Erik is a Forest Ecologist and Forester in Training in BC who is involved with Wildwood Ecoforest, Y.E.S., and GreenBlue, and advising the BC Green Party on Forestry Issues. He has experience with Ecosystem Based Management in BC, Washington, Oregon, California and Finland. Hosted by the Yellow Point Ecological Society



Geraldine Manson is a member of the Snuneymuxw First Nation and is married to Earl Manson.  She has worked for her community since 1980 gives credit for her cultural wisdom and education to her Elders, present, and Elders who have passed on.

As the Elders’ Coordinator at VIU for Snuneymuxw First Nations, she carries many responsibilities that relate to culture and traditions in the community. Geraldine has served her community as elected council-member. She continues to be mentored by Dr. Ellen White (Kwulasulwut) in the traditional cultural practices of the Snuneymuxw people.