The Oystercatcher: News and Events from the Mayne Island Conservancy

July 2021

Articles

Pinnipeds and Pups

Pinnipeds and Pups
By Katie Kushneryk

If you can find a rocky place beside the sea, you might spy one of our fin-footed neighbours soaking up the sun. Known collectively as pinnipeds, seals and sea lions are important players in maintaining a diverse and healthy west coast. Globally, there are 33 species of pinnipeds, including walruses, sea lions and seals. In British Columbia, we …

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Mycelium: The Highway Under the Soil

Mycelium: The Highway Under the Soil
By Maddy Litster

Have you ever lifted a stump and found a white, furry, web-like structure clinging to the underside of the wood? I know I have, and I always wondered what this funny looking substance was. Well, it turns out it's a part of a fungus– and it is more important to our ecosystems than I could have ever imagined. What is …

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TREAD LIGHTLY: Managing our Waste

TREAD LIGHTLY: Managing our Waste
By Nancy Gibson

In this article series, we have been exploring ways we can learn to live lightly on Mayne Island, and one important consideration when trying to lessen our impact on fragile ecosystems is how we manage our waste. Because Mayne Island does not have a landfill, it is easier (and cheaper) to reduce our waste as much as possible. As a …

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Mayne Island Field Notes

Have you been out exploring Mayne Island and seen things that amazed you, or made you feel peaceful, joyous or sad? Our island is full of surprises, and when we get a chance to look closely, there are so many ways we are touched by this special place.

Over the past year, the Oystercatcher's “Field Notes” has offered personal accounts from Mayne Islanders on their emotional connection with nature, and we would also like to hear from you. You don't need to be a great writer or have any scientific knowledge or language, just send us a description of an experience on the island that you would enjoy sharing. Photos or drawings would complement the piece, and submissions from children are welcome.

Please send your Field Notes to info@mayneconservancy.ca, attention Nancy Gibson. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Events

A Walk in Wonder: Forest Bathing in the Rainforest (early)

A Walk in Wonder: Forest Bathing in the Rainforest

9am - 10:30 am Saturday July 24, 2021

Hear the stories of the trees, the language of the birds, the wonders of the rainforest. Join ecologist, nature photographer, and environmental educator Lee Beavington for this interpretive nature walk as he reveals the secrets of the temperate rainforest. Open to all ages. Registration is required.

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A Walk in Wonder: Forest Bathing in the Rainforest (later)

A Walk in Wonder: Forest Bathing in the Rainforest

11am -2 pm Saturday July 24, 2021

Hear the stories of the trees, the language of the birds, the wonders of the rainforest. Join ecologist, nature photographer, and environmental educator Lee Beavington for this interpretive nature walk as he reveals the secrets of the temperate rainforest. Open to all ages. Registration is required.

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