The intertidal zones hold a wide range of species. All around our island, you may see eagles, ravens and crows, kingfishers, several types of gull, cormorants, oyster catchers, sandpipers, winter-breeding ducks, and geese. Blue heron stand to patiently fish in the shallows. Mink, raccoons, and otters also forage from this foreshore dinner plate.
Clam beds such as those in False Narrows, have a great variety of shellfish, including several types of clams, native and introduced oysters, cockles, mussels, and moon snails. They continue to have great cultural significance to the Snuneymuxw and other local First Nations.
Cliffs are categorized as sensitive ecosystems on Gabriola, providing nesting habitat for many shore birds such as cormorants and kingfishers, as well as small mammals and reptiles.
Sea lions haul out on log booms under our cliffs, and seals rest on the reefs.
Marker indicating Snuneymuxw clam beds at False Narrows