Trial Islands Ecological Reserve

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The Trial Islands Ecological Reserve is a nature reserve on the Trial Islands in the British Columbia province of Canada just off the southern tip of Oak Bay[1] in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The twenty-three-hectare ecological reserve was established in 1990 to protect two elongated rocky islands and associated islets. It protects the greatest number of endangered and vulnerable species in a single ecological reserve in British Columbia.[2][3]

Flora and fauna[edit]

Flora on the reserve include great and common camas and stands of wind-adapted Garry oaks that cover the island. Endangered or threatened plants include the white-top aster, paintbrush owl-clover, golden paintbrush, creeping wild rye, rosy owl-clover, California buttercup, snake-root sanicle, purple sanicle, and Scouler's campion. This is the most northern limit of their range for many of these species. Nine plant communities have been described, including the red-listed Garry oak-California brome association.

The Trial Islands provide roosting sites for cormorants, black oystercatchers, diving ducks, gulls, eagles, raptors, and shorebirds, as well as haul-out sites for sea lions and seals.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Trial Islands". BC Geographical Names.
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Canadian Council on Ecological Areas Newsletter 6 p. 3

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Coordinates: 48°23′53″N 123°18′20″W / 48.39806°N 123.30556°W / 48.39806; -123.30556