The Oystercatcher: News and Events from the Mayne Island Conservancy

May 2021

News

Meet the Bats of Mayne Island

California Myotis
By Sofia Silverman

Six bat species have been confirmed on Mayne Island through DNA testing. Currently in North America certain bat species are being impacted by a disease called White Nose Syndrome which is caused by the fungus Pseudogymnoascus destructans (Pd). So far, the disease is most prevalent in eastern Canada and the United States, …

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8th Annual Amateur Nature Photo Contest

8th Annual Amateur Nature Photo Contest
By Katie Kushneryk

It's that time again! Spring is humming, the native plants are flowering, the frogs are singing, the birds are nesting, the insects are buzzing, and the cameras are clicking! Now is the perfect time to get outside and hunt for that perfect nature photo for this year's Amateur Nature Photo Contest. Each year, people like you submit their best nature …

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Electrify Your Life

Electrify Your Life
By Jeremy Murphy

There are plenty of reasons we’re lucky to live in this part of the world. One of them is our electricity supply – it’s one of the cleanest on the planet. It gives us a head start in the simple efforts we can make to cut our personal carbon pollution. Switching from gasoline, fuel oil, propane, and …

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Field Notes: Double O Amazement

Field Notes: Double O Amazement
By Yves and Yvonne Tiberghien

One of our new resolutions for 2021 is to test the results of the famed Japanese technique of forest bathing, or shinrinyoku (森林浴). It is very simple: all you need to do is to get lost in the woods and feel the life and connectivity of the trees and flowers. Of course, the mindfulness books …

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Monthly Species Feature: Raccoons

Monthly Species Feature: Racoons
By Sofia Silverman

Raccoons are small mammals found on Mayne Island and across North America. Similar to what has happened with blacktail deer, raccoon populations have increased following the loss of the large predators that once kept them in check, and that is causing problems for the species they feed on such as birds and other small animals. …

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International Bat Appreciation Day

Hoary Bat
By Michael Dunn

International Bat Appreciation Day occurs annually on April 17th and is a great time of year to observe emerging and arriving bats and learn about the important role they play in nature. The following are some general quick facts about bats that you should be aware of. Interesting Bat Facts BC has 15 species of bats, the greatest diversity of any …

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Events

Beach Cleanup 2021

Beach Cleanup 2021

May 30th 1-3 pm

We hope you can join us on May 30th for the annual Mayne Island Beach Cleanup. To get involved, contact your local Beach Captain from the list below. This year we are asking everyone to please bring their own gloves and buckets or bags if you have them.

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