In 2016 The Nature Trust of BC acquired South Winchelsea Island near Nanaimo. This 11 hectare (27 acre) island is part of the Ballenas-Winchelsea Archipelago off Vancouver Island. We need your help to support land management projects to protect the rare plants and wildlife that live here.
South Winchelsea Island offers opportunities to see Bald Eagles, Black Oystercatchers, and numerous other birds. The tall Douglas-fir trees contain several eagle nests and up to 75 eagles have been seen around the Island at a time. During March rafts of diving birds stop to feed on herring while travelling to northern and interior BC breeding grounds. The rocky shores are haul-outs for the Blue-listed Steller Sea Lion and California sea lion in winter.