Crow’s Nest Ecological Research Area
This site features 72.7 acres of ecologically significant land containing several Garry oak meadows, donated to Trinity Western University (TWU) in 2000. Professors and students at TWU have been involved in a number of research projects on the property, including the threat of invasive species, the impact of grazing on the vegetation, the affect of Douglas-fir encroachment, dendrochronology, landscape ecology, and research on propertius duskywing (Erynnis propertius), a blue-listed butterfly found onsite. Some of the research has been done in conjunction with students and faculty from UBC. TWU has also taken advantage of this setting and offers a month-long travel study based on Salt Spring Island, where students take courses in plant and marine ecology. Contact Professor Karen Steensma or Dr. David Clements for more information on this travel study.