Gross domestic happiness

It has been shown that domestic cats are one of the largest sources of mortality for small native species of birds and mammals.

Shoal Harbour Sanctuary, one of the oldest migratory bird sanctuaries on the Pacific coast and part of the internationally-recognized Southern Salish Sea Important Bird Area, is renowned for its diversity of wintering waterfowl and seabirds. But it also encompasses one of the rarest ecosystems in Canada — the Coastal Douglas Fir ecosystem with its iconic Arbutus.

This habitat is highly fragmented and the intact fragments are largely restricted to two areas: Lillian Hoffar Park in North Saanich and Beaufort Avenue in Sidney.

These areas give us much of our natural ambience in our noisy urban environment and include the songs of many small bird species unique to our shores. Bushtits, Towhees, Song Sparrows, Wrens and Finches all contribute to our gross domestic happiness — a measure of contentment for which the country of Bhutan is famous.

This biological diversity and seaside ambience is being eroded through two main inter-related forces: habitat loss and predation. We can help reverse this through maintenance of native vegetation on the waterfront and keeping cats under control. It has been shown around the world that domestic cats are one of the largest sources of mortality for small native species of birds and mammals.

Jack Thornburgh, Friends of Shoal Harbour Sanctuary

North Saanich

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Saanich roads doused in more than 300 tonnes of salt during snowstorm

Crews cleared roads around the clock during the mid-January storm

Hydro pole fire closes portion of Metchosin Road in Colwood

Motorists are advised to avoid the area of Metchosin Road near Royal Bay

Funds raised through off-road cycling event will help improve Central Saanich bike trails

Tripleshot Cycling Club presents $3,000 cheque to Nature Trails Society

‘We thought it was an earthquake,’ homeowners okay after tree falls

Mature tree falls on roof of Victoria Avenue house

VIDEO: The Victoria byelection leads a selection of today’s news stories

A selection of Greater Victoria top stories for Jan. 17

Theft victim confronts suspects with baseball bat on Vancouver Island

RCMP in Nanaimo seek to identify of two people alleged to have used a stolen credit card

Closed mills, housing surge support a positive forecast for lumber industries

B.C. lumber producers have closed mills accounting for 18% of province’s capacity, RBC report says

Kelowna’s ‘Baby Mary’ finds biological parents after more than 30 years

Geneologist and DNA test helped her connect with her biological parents

Clerk bruised, traumatized after armed robbery at Nanaimo liquor store

Few details on male suspect in Wednesday incident, says Nanaimo RCMP

One last blast of winter tonight for parts of the Island before temperatures on the rise

A snowfall warning is in effect Friday including east Vancouver Island.

POLL: Has the recent snow had an impact on your daily life?

Old Man Winter had Greater Victoria in his icy grip this week.… Continue reading

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Jan. 14

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

‘Scariest boat ride of my life’: Passengers trapped by ice on rocky B.C. ferry sailing

The Nimpkish docked in Bella Coola on Jan.12 coated in a thick layer of ice

Most Read