We Invite you to our AGM
Saturday November 3rd, 1:30-4pm
You are invited to join us for our AGM, with a special presentation by our guests Finn and Chloe Unger, two children from Sooke who have started Project HOWL, to end the hunting of wolves.
Refreshments will be enjoyed all round, and there will be DOOR PRIZES for three lucky people: Dinner for Four at the Yellow Point Lodge, a Native plants display, and a full colour Audubon bird print. Please RSVP, for numbers, to email@example.com or call Guy Dauncey 250-924-1445.
The meeting will be at 13561 Barney Road, off Yellow Point Road. (The white house at the bottom of the hill.)
We will share our progress and failures from the last year, elect new Directors, and discuss what our priorities should be for the year ahead. These are some ideas that are in the air:
* Producing a Land-owners’ Kit to encourage those of us who own forested land to place conservation/ecoforestry covenants on our land.
* Starting a Yellow Point Forests Cooperative, enabling forest land-owners to work together to use the Wildwood ecoforestry approach to manage our forests in a way over time, that will restore them back to their original old-growth character.
* Finding buyers for the 21 Acres at the end of Roper Road that’s on the market who want to protect the forest.
* Writing a post-mortem analysis of the loss of the Sixty Acres at the end of Long Lake Road, to be better positioned to save future acreages that are threatened.
* Seeking local government support for stronger zoning and Development Permit Area rules to protect the forests and our watershed.
* Seeking provincial government support for strengthened Development Permit Area rules and a possible Coastal Douglas Fir Land Reserve.
* More monthly meetings and hikes.
* And who knows what else!
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.
Our Previous Speakers, hikes and activities
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.
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. www.broombusters.org
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.
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.