Kingfisher Pond and Woodpecker Pond Conservation Covenants


These two freshwater ponds provide habitat for a diversity of bird species.  Rufous Hummingbirds can be found nesting here, and Dark-eyed Junco, Greater Yellowlegs, and Violet-green Swallow are just some of the species found foraging in the reeds.  With less than 1% of the Gulf Islands landscape offering wetland habitat to birds, ponds like Kingfisher and Woodpecker on Sidney Island are invaluable for the bird populations in our region. 

The Sidney Island conservation covenants, eight in all, protect 53 hectares of the island's most fragile ecosystems.  The creation of the covenants coincided with a subdivision of nearby land for development and sustainable forestry.  In creating the covenants, the landowners wanted to achieve balance in their community, by protecting special areas on the island while making it possible to selectively harvest the forest and build houses.  With most of the covenants along the shoreline, the protected areas ensure the natural beauty of Sidney Island - as seen from the water by sailors and kayakers - will remain forever.

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The Steils and the Steil's Woods Covenant

After more than 50 years immersed in the hustle and bustle of the lower mainland, Sara and Richard Steil enjoyed a quieter life surrounded by natural habitat they protected with a conservation covenant.

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Page last updated: 13/08/18
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