It’s time to talk about survival in some of British Columbia’s rarest ecosystems. The endangered sand dunes of IslandViewBeach along the TIXEN/Cordova Shore are an exceptionally beautiful and rare part of the SaanichPeninsula. HAT has partnered with the Tsawout First Nation and CRDParks, to host community events in July and August through our Cordova Shore Good Neighbours Project. The Project aims to engage landowners, families, and other park visitors in stewardship of sensitive natural areas along the Shore. The upcoming events for this summer include:
Eelgrass Mapping Workshop
Sunday, July 11th
9am to 2pm
Help SeaChange and Habitat Acquisition Trust (HAT) map rare and sensitive Eelgrass habitat during a super low tide! Seagrass Conservation Working Group Co-Chair Nikki Wright leads a workshop training session beginning at 9am. Find out why this unique park is home to threatened eelgrass "meadows" that nurture fish populations. Your family may see shore birds, hermit crabs, and moon snails residing along Island View's living beaches. Participants please bring your GPS (optional) and beachwear. Meet us at the parking lot at the end of Homathko Road, left turn off Island View Road (drive one kilometre parallel to the beach and through the campground). Call 250 995 2428 for more information, or call 250 812 7467 on the date.
Birding at Low Tide
Sunday, July 25
11am to 2pm
A morning low tide during the full moon attracts feeding shorebirds, and IslandViewBeach is one of the best places to see them. Visit the bird of prey demonstration and watch the ScallyWags Dog Agility Group stars run challenge courses (two show times: 12:30pm & 1:30pm). Observe wild birds through high-powered scopes in the beach and dunes, and visit the tidal touch tank. Get your free guide to gardening for birds. This special family event is co-hosted by Habitat Acquisition Trust (HAT) and CRDParks. Meet us at the CRD tents off Homathko Road, off Island View Road (drive one kilometre parallel to the beach and through the campground). Call 250 995 2428 for more information, or call 250 812 7467 on the date.
Super Dog Day
Saturday, August 14
11am to 2pm
Island View Beach Regional Park
The dogs days of summer are super on the beach with your pet! See the amazing Wonder Dogs perform stunts at IslandViewBeach (two show times: 12:30pm & 1:30pm). Take the dunes tour with biologists and other dog lovers to learn about the wild side of the seaside. Meet us at the CRD tents along Homathko Road, left off Island View Road (drive 400 metres parallel to the beach, parking before the campground entrance). Call 250 995 2428 for more information, or call 250 812 7467 on the date.