Join Nature Conservancy of Canada staff in coastal sand dune habitat on James Island, off the east coast of southern Vancouver Island. See porpoises, bald eagles and buffleheads on the ferry to and from the James Island Spit. Located just twenty minutes by boat from the town of Sidney, James Island is home to the provincially-significant coastal dune ecosystem, which provides critical habitat for a number of rare and endangered species. The dynamic sand spit and dune ecosystem provides habitat for yellow sand verbena, which is the exclusive host to the endangered sand verbena moth. The plants and wildlife of James Island rely on the dynamic processes of sand movement to create the unique conditions in which they can thrive. Volunteers will remove invasive weeds such as gorse and scotch broom, which are crowding out yellow sand verbena and other rarities such as contorted-pod evening primrose, and Edward’s beach moth.