The Oystercatcher: News and Events from the Mayne Island Conservancy

February 2022

News and Articles

Hummingbirds – Irrepressible Aerial Gems

Hummingbirds – Irrepressible Aerial Gems
Author: Nancy Gibson

It can feel a little unnerving when, while quietly weeding your garden, you notice hovering a few inches in front of your face a beady-eyed, four-gram bundle of energy staring you down over a very sharp beak. Feisty and pugnacious, these irrepressible little jewels measure just 8-12 cm in length, making them the smallest birds on Earth. The …

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Help us find a new home

The Mayne Island Conservancy is looking for a new home and we need your help! We must vacate our existing office space by the end of October. Currently, we are looking at all options including long and short-term. The existing availability of commercial rental space is very limited on Mayne Island. If you have ideas on a new office situation for us, please contact us through our office at 250-539-2535 or by emailing info@mayneconservancy.ca.
The minimum office space we’re looking for is about 300 square feet (28 m2) and must have capacity for internet connection plus heat and hydro. Our ideal long-term space would be two rooms totalling between 800 and 1000 square feet (74-92 m2).

Where are they now? Past Summer Staff

Where are they now? Past Summer Staff
Author: Katie Kushneryk

Each year, the Mayne Island Conservancy is fortunate to host incredible, motivated, and capable summer staff. Community members who have volunteered and worked alongside past staff might wonder occasionally, where are they now? We’ve checked in with a handful of them to see where they’ve landed, and have had the chance to hear about some amazing projects they’re working on. …

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Call for Staff Housing

Call for Staff Housing
Hello, my name is Gwen Janz. I’m excited to be working with the Mayne Island Conservancy this summer and am looking for a place to call home from May 1st until August 31st. I know that housing is limited, but I am open to all sorts of living arrangements. Ideally, I am looking for a little studio or a room …

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Pacific Herring Fisheries

Pacific Herring Fisheries
Author: Katie Kushneryk

Pacific herring are a small silver forage fish near the base of the food chain that eat plankton, and in turn are eaten by everything from Chinook and Coho salmon to larger fish, birds, whales, and bears. An essential link in the marine food web, they are a critically important marine species on the west coast. Each year in early …

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Deer Management: Response from the Provincial Government

Deer Management: Response from the Provincial Government
Author: Don Enright

The following is the text from the response we received to our letter to the Minister regarding the management of overabundant deer on Mayne Island. NOTE: this is independent of the recent call to action where we asked our members to give their input on the proposed changes to hunting.

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Events

Exotic Wall Lizards of the South Coast

Exotic Wall Lizards of the South Coast

Thursday February 24, 7 pm via Zoom

Join us for a presentation by Dr. Gavin Hanke, Curator of Vertebrate Zoology at the Royal BC Museum. This talk will detail the origin and subsequent invasion of two species of exotic Wall Lizards in Washington and British Columbia. Since 1967, Common Wall Lizards have spread from Metchosin to Campbell River on Vancouver Island, are found on Denman, Saltspring, Pender …

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