The Oystercatcher: News and Events from the Mayne Island Conservancy

January 2022

Happy New Year!

Friends, the board and staff of the Mayne Island Conservancy wish you all the best in 2022.

News and Articles

Where did they go? Unpacking Winter Migrations

Where did they go? Unpacking Winter Migrations
By Katie Kushneryk

It’s the middle of winter holidays, and every family has their rituals. Whether you’re roasting chestnuts on an open fire or bundling up and heading out into the rain or snow, everyone has their own way of enjoying (or at least making the most of) the colder weather. With the COVID-19 pandemic, even “snowbirds” have been staying close to home …

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Henderson Park Habitat Restoration

Henderson Park Habitat Restoration
By Rob Underhill

Henderson Hill Community Park is a place of great natural diversity. Vulture Ridge faces south into the unrelenting summer sun, plants clinging to thin soils subjected to an extended drought each year. A short distance downslope, conditions are very different. Here a small wetland is home to plants rooted in wet soils all year long and endangered red-legged frogs sound …

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Landscapes of Mayne Island

Landscapes of Mayne Island
By Katie Kushneryk

For such a small island, Mayne sure has some spectacular views! See the slides below for all submissions to the “Landscapes” category of year’s Nature Photo Contest. Winning photos are featured in our 2022 Calendar, available at Tree Frog Gallery, Home Hardware, Books on Mayne, Dragonfly Gallery, and online. It's never too early to start taking photos for next year's …

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We've Never Done This Before But...

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By Helen O’Brian

For those of you who have already made a donation to the Conservancy this year we thank you so very much. If you are considering a donation, or want to top up what you have already given, here is an excellent opportunity.

Until midnight on December 31, the Directors of the Conservancy will match all donations we receive, up to a maximum …

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We are hiring!

We are hiring!
By Rob Underhill

The Mayne Island Conservancy is looking for one highly motivated, enthusiastic person to fill a 16-week, temporary position on Mayne Island as an Ecosystems Technician from May 9th - August 26th 2022. Click the link below for the job posting. Applications must be submitted by January 9th 2022. Job Posting - Ecosystems Technician

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A Local Whale Sightings Network

Local Whale Sightings Network
By Rob Underhill

Mayne Islanders interested in watching, monitoring, and protecting whales are invited to participate in a citizen-science project. If you are interested, this would involve joining a training session (date to be determined in January 2022) on how to use a whale sighting reporting app. Members of the network will have access to all the whale sightings data in the Southern …

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Past Zoom Events are Now Online

We're excited to let you know that our popular Zoom educational programs from the past year are now online for you to watch at your leisure. Take a look here.

Donation Receipts 2021

You can download your 2021 donation receipts by signing in via the "My Profile" link at the top of our website. If you would like assistance with collecting your Conservancy donation receipts for 2021, please don't hesitate to contact us via email.
We have heard from a number of our donors that our current system, in which donors receive a different receipt for every donation, is inconvenient—especially for our valued monthly donors. Next year, we will be adopting a new receipt system with a single receipt issued after the end of the calendar year. Thanks so much for your patience with the current system, and for your generous support of our mission.
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