The Oystercatcher: News and Events from the Mayne Island Conservancy

January, 2019

Dear reader,

All of us at the Conservancy wish all of our friends and supporters a very happy and peaceful season, and good health and good fortune in the coming year.

It’s been a productive year for us. We’ve made good progress in our restoration planning with the Capital Regional District, now the owner of St. John Point. We’ve begun a very ambitious three-year wetland restoration project on Mayne. And our ongoing programs were as busy as ever. We’re working on plans to expand our educational programs, to expand and regionalize our shoreline care programs, and to grow our well-respected internship program, just to name a few of our goals for 2019.

So much of what we do depends on the support of you, our community – whether you live here on Mayne or are a friend from afar. Some of you put in hours to come out to clear invasive species and plant native trees, and all can see the benefits in our public spaces as the years go by. Some of you help out at our public educational events and workshops, and help to spread our environmental message even simply by attending events and passing the word along. Some of you make donations that help us bring free divers to the island to map kelp and eel-grass beds, bring speakers on a variety of subjects here to enrich the environmental knowledge of all interested islanders, and help support all sorts of other initiatives we constantly engage in. For all of this, we are truly grateful. Sure, we get the majority of our funding from big granting organizations, but the hours and the dollars we get from you, our friends, assure us that we’re doing work you care about. So, please know how much we appreciate you!

All the best to you and your loved ones,

Malcolm Inglis

Mayne's Marine Winter Birds: Diving Ducks

Harlequin Ducks. Photo: Don Enright
By Michael Dunn

We continue our fascinating series on Mayne Island's marine winter birds, by Michael Dunn.

Mayne Island's surrounding waters are a good place to look for diving ducks. This group of ducks are also known as sea ducks and on Mayne Island we have records for nine different species, some quite rare. They are the Bufflehead, the Harlequin Duck, the Barrow’s and Common goldeneye, the Surf, White-winged and Black Scoter, the Long-tailed Duck, and the …

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Native Plants: Entries from Our 2018 Photo Contest

Native Plants: Entries from Our 2018 Photo Contest
Photo: Wendy Amy
Here are the entries in our photo contest category Native Plants. Thank you to the photographers for their beautiful work.
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Now's the time to donate to meet the 2018 tax deduction deadline!

Donate
The Mayne Island Conservancy is a local, grassroots organization that operates through the generous support of people like you. We are a registered Canadian charity. Choose the cause that is dearest to your heart:

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Checklist of Birds of Mayne Island now available!

Chestnut-backed chickadee. Photo by Tom Ediger
Photo: Tom Ediger
The perfect stocking-stuffer for the nature lover in your family. We’re proud to present a new and updated version of our popular checklist of Mayne Island birds, featuring not only the birds of our island, but details on where and when to look for them. The updated checklist includes 15 new species that have been confirmed for Mayne Island. These …
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The Loons of Winter

The Loons of Winter
By Michael Dunn
Loons are large, bulky waterbirds with a distinct dagger-like bill, short neck, and long wings. Their feet are set well back on their body for maximum propulsion underwater, but make for poor mobility on land. Most people know the ethereal call of the loons, often heard on small lakes and in quiet bays. Around Mayne we can observe three species …
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Nature's Colours: Entries From Our Photo Contest

Nature's Colours: Entries From Our Photo Contest
Photo: Fraser MacLean
Here are the entries from the category "Nature's Colours" from our annual photography contest. Enjoy!
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Marine Winter Birds: Meet Our Cormorants

Double-crested Cormorant.
By Michael Dunn
Pelagic Cormorant. Photo: Mick Thompson Cormorants are big birds with long necks and long hooked bills. The three species of cormorants frequenting Mayne Island waters are all uniformly black, but with some breeding variations. This group of species captures fish by diving and pursuing them. They propel themselves underwater by use of their large webbed feet only; they don't "fly" …
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Coming Events

Society of Crows and Living Nature Culture:
An Evening with Dr. Rob Butler

January 12, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm, Agricultural Hall
Society of Crows and Living Nature Culture:  An Evening with Dr. Rob Butler
Join the Conservancy for an engaging, enthusiastic and thoughtful evening of stories and understanding by renowned ornithologist, author, film maker and artist Dr. Rob Butler. We will start with the fascinating story of crow society followed by the showing of Dr. Butler’s most recent and stimulating film RETURNING on the emergence of culture within the context of nature– Nature Culture. …

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BEYOND CRISIS- a film

February 2 2019, 7:30-9:30 pm, Agricultural Hall
BEYOND CRISIS- a film 
Join the Mayne Island Conservancy and Dr. Simon Dalby for a screening of the documentary BEYOND CRISIS, a film aimed at sparking meaningful dialogue around climate change while empowering people everywhere to make a difference. The reality of climate change may be frightening, but there is good news. Diving into the dramatic climate and energy story unfolding all around us today, this film …
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