Lepas Bay Ecological Reserve Management Direction Statement
Lepas Bay Ecological Reserve is located on an unnamed island in Lepas Bay
The 3.6 hectare ecological reserve was established on November 2, 1978 to protect the habitat of nesting seabirds, mainly petrels. The island is one of only eight storm-petrel nesting sites in British Columbia and may be the largest mixed-species petrel site in the province.
•Lepas Bay Ecological Reserve is situated in the Windward Queen Charlotte Mountains Ecosection and the
Coastal Western Hemlock, Central Very Wet Hypermaritime (CWHvh2). Its contribution to ecosystem
representation values is minimal given its small size.
•Lepas Bay Ecological Reserve is on a small oval-shaped island within a provincially blue-listed biogeoclimatic subzone variant (CWHvh2). The island provides nationally significant nesting and rearing habitat for possibly the largest mixed bird species breeding colony in British Columbia.
•The ecological reserve is possibly the largest mixed species breeding colony in British Columbia and is one of only eight storm-petrel nesting sites in British Columbia nesting site for an estimated 3,400 pairs of fork tailed storm-petrels
nesting site for an estimated 4, 300 pairs of Leach’s storm petrels nesting site for an estimated 60 pairs of Cassin’s auklets.
nesting site for an estimated 50 pairs of pigeon guillemots.
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