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Welcome to the Yellow Point Ecological Society

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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NEW! The Wildflowers of Yellow Point


Here is the video from Jain’s talk

How much do you know about the plants in your landscape, beyond their names and uses? Jain shares her knowledge of the benefits of nature immersion and plant communication, and discusses how you can improve your knowledge of plants to reduce stress and anxiety, and harvest the foods and medicines your body needs.

Jain Alcock-White is a student of Nature who has spent most of her career working for environmentally-related branches of government, with advanced education in Recreation, Fish and Wildlife Management Technologies and Environmental Management. She is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and is currently studying Vitalist Herbalism. She owns Champagne Hill Botanicals, a small-batch herbalism shop in Cedar, BC, where she offers locally wildcrafted and garden-grown herbal medicines and skin care products, seasonal workshops and events. She has come back to her love of the natural world, and her belief in the importance of holistic wellness. 

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The YES Nature Photo Contest


Our Photo Contest details are here


February 2020: A night of discussion with Peter Grove, Salt Spring Islands Trust Trustee who has made it his #1 commitment to get a DPA crafted to protect the forest, and Marilyn Palmer, from North Cowichan, an architect and community leader who seeks greater collaboration to protect our landscapes, forests and watersheds. 

For Love of the Forest: Our New YES Video

Twelve Ways to Protect The Forest: Click here

The Forest Landowner’s Handbook: Coming in 2020

Common Yard Birds of Yellow Point: Click here.


Previous Speakers and Activities

Colin Haime

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Saturday November 2nd, 2019, Cedar Community Hall


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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

Nancy Turner

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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.