Friends of Shoal Harbour Are Having a Beach Party 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on Sunday, June 25 and You’re Invited!

Canoeists practice their strokes in front of Lillian Hoffar Park

Here’s an opportunity to get mud on your knees and a close look at the inhabitants of the intertidal zone of Lillian Hoffar Park, part of Tsehum Harbour, North Saanich. We (FOSH and the Saanich Inlet Protection Society (SIPS) Shorekeepers) are organizing a beach survey to explore the diversity of plants and animals that call Shoal Harbour Migratory Bird Sanctuary home.

Shorekeepers extract, identify and count critters in the top 10cm of beach material within the square (25 cm quadrat|)

We hope to confirm our hunch that, despite the increased human activity on the Harbour, there remain stretches of shoreline that support  an abundant flora and fauna, sources of food for the many birds, that frequent the Bird Sanctuary. Come and join us for a fun and informative morning.

Schedule:

Sunday morning June 25 is a good time for a beach survey because one of the lowest tides of the year occurs at 12 noon  Here’s the plan:

* 10:00 am: Meet at Liilian Hoffar Park in the open area adjacent to the Tsehum Harbour shore. Wear old clothes. Bring gumboots or wading shoes, sunhat and sunscreen. We’ll supply all the equipment you’ll need, and have coffee and juice on hand.

* 10:15 to 10:30 am Explanation and orientation by Denis Coupland of the SIPS Shorekeepers

* 10:30 am to 12:30 pm noon: Digging, identifying and counting according to the Shorekeeping protocol. The beach profile will have been surveyed and the sampling sites laid out on the previous day (Saturday, June 24). We hope to have a few experienced shorekeepers joining us to help with the critter ID and data recording.

* 12:30 pm: Debriefing, wind-up and snacks. We’ll post our findings on this website (www.shoalharbour.com).

Everyone is welcome. If you plan to come please RSVP to Farrell (250 656 7953 fmboyce@shaw.ca) or to Sue (250 655 6300 staniforthsue@gmail.com ). Hope to see you on the beach!

A word of warning about parking: There is space only for 3 – 4 vehicles at Lillian Hoffar Park and there is no parking immediately adjacent on Resthaven Drive. Parking space is available at Parkland High School on McDonald Park Road about 400 m north of Lillian Hoffar Park entrance.

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Map of Tsehum Harbour area (Sreetwise Map Book of Greater Victoria)

 

 

Friends of Shoal Harbour AGM June 27, 2015

Members and Supporters of the Friends of Shoal Harbour Sanctuary were treated to a literate and inspiring afternoon Annual General Meeting on June 27th.  The event featured a reading by acclaimed local poet, Pamela Porter, whose words brought into focus the beauty of nature and our connection with it.

Poet and Author Pamela Porter delights her FOSH audience with readings of her poetry

Poet and Author Pamela Porter delights her FOSH audience with readings of her poetry

Following Pamela’s presentation, Jaques Sirois spoke about the “biodivercity” of the Greater Victoria area.   He provided further inspiration by calling for the ibntergration of our regional migratory bird sanctuaries and establishment of a major goal to bring back sustainable herring runs to the Lower Island.  Everyone was energized by Jacques’ enthusiasm for more regional cooperation in supporting both the migratory water birds and sea-life that need that healthy regional marine environment.

The year’s activities were reviewed by Director, Sue Staniforth.

Sue Staniforth speaks on this year's activities

Sue Staniforth reviews the year’s activities.

Tina Kelly speaks on Naturehood activities

Tina Kelly describes her Naturehood activities

Tina Kelly, who has recently joined us as a facilitator for the Naturehood program in which we are partners with Nature Canada, updated us on her activities  in preparation for the upcoming Naturehood conference in September.

North Saanich Mayor, Alice Finall and Councillors Geoff Orr, Heather Gartshore, and Jack Thornburgh were present at the gathering.  We very much welcome municipal participation in FOSH activities and we thank the North Saanich representatives for attending.

After a short refreshment break the business of the Annual General Meeting as required by the British Columbia Societies Act was  chaired by Director, Bob Peart.

Hugh Richards thanks FOSH members and supporters

Hugh Richards thanks FOSH members and supporters

Chair Hugh Richards thanked the membership present for support through the year.; Director Alex Marr updated  us on FOSH’s finances; and Director Bob Peart led  nominations, one of which led to the appointment of Jacques Sirois as an Honorary Director of FOSH.  The Society is compliant with the Societies Act and poised for another active year.

The beautiful seaside setting for the meeting on the grounds of the Sidney and North Saanich Yacht Club reminded us of our purpose and responsibilities.  We thank the Yacht Club and Manager Brian Taylor for their hospitality.

All Bufflehead Day 2014

Members of the Friends of Shoal Harbour Society (FOSH) and supporters met at 11:00 am on Wednesday October 15, 2014 at the beach access at the eastern end of Ardwell Avenue to celebrate All Buffleheads Day and hopefully to welcome the first arrivals of Bufflehead ducks from their nesting areas in inland central British Columbia. The beach access gives on to Roberts Bay a tidal sand flat area forming an essential part of the 1931 Shoal Harbour Migratory Bird Sanctuary. There were no Buffleheads to be seen that day but the first arrival showed up the next day, October 16.

All Buffleheads Day attendees shelter from the rain

All Buffleheads Day attendees shelter from the rain

Friends of Shoal Harbour President Hugh Richards welcomes attendees

Friends of Shoal Harbour President Hugh Richards welcomes attendees

Left to right: Ryan Painter representing MLA Gary Homan,  blond Lady representing MP Elizabeth May, and FOSH  member Kerry Finley wearing his Bufflehead coat

Left to right: Ryan Painter representing MLA Gary Homan, Linda Totino representing MP Elizabeth May, and naturalist Kerry Finley wearing his Bufflehead Coat

North Saanich Mayor, Alice Finall is glad to be there despite the rain.

North Saanich Mayor, Alice Finall is glad to be there despite the rain.

Penny Boyce, David Bird and Rick Bailey think they see a Bufflehead. It was a Hooded Merganser

Penny Boyce, David Bird and Rick Bailey think they see a Bufflehead. It was a Hooded Merganser