birdwatching-at-lagoonWelcome!

Find out more about this unique ecosystem and how you can help protect it.

Are you a Bird Watcher? Check out the eBird Canada listing for Esquimalt Lagoon.

Urban Sanctuary Project

hoodedmerganserELSI, GWI, the Robert Bateman Centre and other regional conservation partners are collaborating to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Convention Act, enacted by Canada in 1917. The Project goals are to improve stewardship of the upland and marine ecosystems that support birds and other wildlife in our urban centres, and to raise awareness of the 3 sanctuaries in the CRD:

The Urban Sanctuary Project is a collaborative effort of local conservation partners to increase awareness of the three federally-designated Migratory Bird Sanctuaries in the capital region.

ELSI teamed up with the Greater Victoria Green Team

In spring 2016, ELSI had lots of help from the Greater Victoria Green Team to remove invasive plants from around the lagoon. In April, GVGT recruited classes from Dunsmuir Middle School to join ELSI volunteers in Pit House Park to remove Scotch broom from the meadow areas.

ELSI teamed up with the GVGT on May 1st to pull Scotch broom, Himalayan blackberry and other invasive plants from Coburg Peninsula. Read more >>

Coburg Peninsula on Shaw TV

In February 2016, Lorraine Scollan of Shaw TV did a piece on some of the issues at Esquimalt Lagoon and Coburg Peninsula.

Featured Projects:

Dune Restoration

ELSI volunteers have been working since 2006 on Dune Habitat Restoration project on the Coburg Peninsula. The goals of the project are to:

  • restore native dune habitats through the establishment of demonstration restoration plots
  • realign beach access points and benches to reduce trampling across sensitive dune habitat
  • monitor the effectiveness of restoration
  • raise public awareness of dune habitats and engage residents and visitors in stewardship of the dunes.  

Read more >>

What is ELSI?

The Esquimalt Lagoon Stewardship Initiative is a broad coalition of community and environmental groups, institutions, the business community, recreational user groups and government (federal, First Nations, provincial and municipal) working together to protect, enhance and restore Esquimalt Lagoon and the Coburg Peninsula. ELSI focuses on environmental issues in Esquimalt Lagoon, on adjacent lands within the Esquimalt Lagoon Migratory Bird Sanctuary and in surrounding watersheds. ELSI conducts outreach to residents, businesses and institutions in the Esquimalt Lagoon watershed.

New Regional Invasive Species Website

Check out the new CRISP (Capital Region Invasive Species Partnership) website.

Report invasive species, learn about high priority species, download fact sheets and more.

ELSI Steering Committee meeting schedule 2017

Meetings are held bi-monthly on the second Tuesday of the month from 2:30 - 4:30pm at the Colwood Municipal Hall committee room. In 2017 ELSI meetings will be held on:

February 14
April 11
June 13
August 8
October 10
December 12