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Savary Island

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NATURE

 

Savary is basically a sandbar about 5 mile tip to tip, that lies east west, it's not very far North to South ,

a glacial deposit, anchored at the East End by the rocky Mace Point.

Lying in The Coastal Douglas Fir Zone, Arbutus, Cedar, Grand Fir, Hemlock,

,Maple, White Pine, Douglas Fir and a few Garry Oak thrive here.

Wild cherry, ocean spray, salal, oregon grape, sitka willow.

The rainshadow of Vancouver Island's mountains, surrounded by a shallow sandy shelf,

Savary lies within the Southern tide that forks around Vancouver Island. The tides meet just North of here.

These three factors can combine to produce warm, comfortable swimming waters.

 

Lack of surface water , limits mosquitos and other bugs & may be the reason for few mammals making their home here.

Deer, Squirrels, Mice & Bats are indigenous. River otters den at Mace Point, and the occasional Mink wanders ashore.

There are now reports of sea otters around Mittelnatch & Cortes Island

No , bears, cougars, wolves, raccoons or rats ( since Summer 2016 , reports of black rats, eradication efforts underway ).

Bird life is abundant, Bald eagles, Hummingbirds, Woodpeckers ( Pileated, Flickers,Owls,  Killdeer, I'll go on.

Savary is noted for it's shellfish , though commercial harvest of clams seems to be in decline.

There are clams & oysters on the beaches.

For few years now fisherman have been a lot happier, salmon have returned and there are reports of halibut every Summer.

Geoduck farming has been in operation at Beacon Point for a decade and a half.

Previously considered a dead zone for whales, things have changed, Humpbacks Whales  & Orcas are regularly sighted.

Dolphins & Sea Lions are occasional vsitors.

Natural meadows on the South Side ,near Maclean & Julian Roads.

Chocolate Lilies on The Meadow.

 

 

SOME INFORMATIVE LINKS

SAVARY ISLAND LAND TRUST

WHALES and DOLPHINS B.C.

NATURE TRUST of B.C.

CHARLOTTE GRUNEAU WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY, a lot of Savary content here.

 

"OYSTER CATCHERS" - picture Powell River Sea Kayak

Orca breeching off South Side - Mid Island- photo Gordie Coles

 

Sea Lion carcass "Pecking Order" Eagles ( gone) Turkey Vultures, then Ravens, Crows to follow.