Yellow sand-verbena (Abronia latifolia) is still in bloom at this time of year on sandy beaches around southern Vancouver Island. It is on the BC Blue List, meaning the province recognizes it as a threatened species (as opposed to the Yellow List, which includes species considered secure, or the Red List, which includes endangered species). It spreads along the sand to form large patches that bloom in the summer and die back in the winter. Yellow sand-verbena is an important species because it supports the highly endangered Sand-verbena Moth, which is on the BC Red List and listed as endangered under Canada’s Species at Risk Act. Invasive species, such as the European beachgrass we have been removing, don’t leave any space for yellow sand-verbena to grow, so removing it benefits not just the yellow sand-verbena itself but also the endangered sand-verbena moth and other insects supported by native sand dune plants.
We will be returning to this site again on August 31st to continue our work here!
Before and After Photos
“I enjoyed meeting some fabulous humans, the cool transportation, and a sense of accomplishment and having a big ‘ol pile of beach grass to show for our hard work. This program is extraordinary. It provides the volunteers with strong social skills, and a new appreciation for nature 🙂 it also has a great impact on our environment and the habitats within greater Victoria :)” – Coral
“I enjoyed the beautiful setting and cheerful group of workers. It was well-organized. This work is good for the environment and good for the volunteers” – Sue
“This program has been very impactful for me in getting to know new people who share similar interests and working on restoring the natural habitat :)” – Dante
“I felt a sense of accomplishment in removing invasive seagrass with people from many different ages & backgrounds with humour & fun. The impacts of this program are educating participants on the delicate balance of ecosystems and that even a few hours of effort can go a long way, and empowering participants in shaping their future.” – Annie
“We are making a difference, one spot at a time, and a sense of community is built through teamwork. It is obvious that there is passion for removal of invasive species. It is hard work, and we dig in and do our best to make the most progress in the time allotted. Many people do this work on their own, but it is through programs that there is a method for proper disposal of the invasive vegetation.” – Cathie