birdwatching-at-lagoonFind 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.

All Bufflehead Day Event - Saturday October 19, 10am

The annual return of the Bufflehead, a beautiful black and white sea duck, to our local waters is being celebrated by events at three local bird sanctuaries this week. Join naturalist and ELSI Coordinator Kitty Lloyd on Saturday October 19, 10am - Noon, by the boat house at Royal Roads University on Esquimalt Lagoon. We will look for Buffleheads and other migratory and resident birds, and learn why the lagoon is so important for birds and other wildlife. Please dress for the weather and bring your binoculars or spotting scope. Read more >>

Similar events are being held at Shoal Harbour and Victoria Harbour Bird Sanctuaries.

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.

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.  


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.

Read the latest ELSI Annual Report

Regional Invasive Species Website

Check out the 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 2019

Meetings are held quarterly on the fourth Tuesday of the month from 2 - 4pm at the Colwood Municipal Hall committee room. Meetings are open to the public.

January 22
April 23
July 23
October 22