Gulf Islands WhaleIn our waters, seals, sea-lions, salmon, sole and killer whales splash and swim. In the intertidal zone, pools formed by depressions in the sandstone are home to many small creatures.

Much of the island is covered by trees – Arbutus, Douglas and Grand Fir, Western Red Cedar, Alder, Maple and in the shade of the trees grow Honeysuckle, Huckleberry, Salal and Oregon Grape.

One of our greatest natural assets is the number and variety of birds which live here or visit us. The tiny Winter Wren, stately Bald Eagle, Condor, Robins, Finches, Towhees, and in Spring the Hummingbirds and Swallows. Summer brings the Goldfinches, Cedar Waxwings, and in Autumn flocks of shorebirds migrating south stop to rest and feed on the mudflats at Horton Bay and Village Bay. Those are only a small sample of the dozens of different species which make Mayne Island a bird-watcher\’s dream.

Gulf Islands Arbutus
Arbutus Trees, grace the island.
Gulf Islands Bird
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