The Oystercatcher: News and Events from the Mayne Island Conservancy

August 2021

Notice of Annual General Meeting

Notice of Annual General Meeting

Sunday August 15, 2021 1:30 pm
Miners Bay Park, Mayne Island BC

Please join us for the Annual General Meeting of the Mayne Island Conservancy Society on Sunday August 15th at Miners Bay Park, Mayne Island BC at 1:30pm. AGENDA I. Adoption of the Agenda II. Minutes of August 8, 2020 Annual General Meeting available for reading a. Adoption of minutes III. Business Arising from the Minutes IV. Correspondence a. Annual Report to …

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Simplifying Our Memberships

barred owl
By Don Enright

A SPECIAL RESOLUTION to alter our Bylaws

At the upcoming Annual General Meeting on August 15, we will propose a change in our bylaws to allow us to simplify our membership structure. Based on feedback from our members and our volunteers, we propose dropping the Family and Child membership level. Because the membership categories are included in the Society Bylaws, we require a Special Resolution at the …

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Book Review: A Year on the Wild Side

Arbutus tree on coastline
By Lori Nick

Spring Island resident Briony Penn wears many hats—she is an author, artist, broadcaster, educator, and naturalist. Penn’s entertaining and educational book A Year on the Wild Side examines the flora and fauna of the Salish Sea. This past spring I noticed …

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Why does groundwater matter, and what can we do to protect it?

Why does Groundwater Matter, and What can we do to Protect It?
By Adrienne Brown

Groundwater is a critical element that supports the health of our ecosystems and the hydrological function of watersheds. The concern today is that changes in seasonal precipitation, evapotranspiration, recharge, and saltwater intrusion are threatening this precious resource. Groundwater – A Primer The unsaturated zone above the water table contains soil moisture which constantly moves within the soil and rocks. Below …

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8th Annual Amateur Nature Photo Contest

8th Annual Amateur Nature Photo Contest
By Katie Kushneryk

Belted Kingfisher. Photo: Donna Wood

Summer is in full swing, and one month remains to capture that perfect nature photo for this year's Amateur Nature Photo Contest! Each year, people like you submit their best nature photos for this fun contest. All photos must be submitted by August 20th, 2021 to info@mayneconservancy.ca. Winning photos will be selected for our 2022 Nature Calendar, …

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Family Nature Explorations

Family Nature Explorations
By Rob Underhill

What’s under that rock? Who lives in that tree? Why does that caterpillar have hair on it? The world is full of important questions, and children ask the best ones. They remind us we all have a lot to learn about… well, everything! With more young families on Mayne Island, the Conservancy has started a fun new program for families …

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Unmasking the Basking Shark

Unmasking the Basking Shark
By Katie Kushneryk

What might cause a biologist to spend three hopeful days on a paddleboard in the Saanich Inlet in the middle of winter? I’d heard rumour of a basking shark sighted in the area, and the slim possibility of seeing one sent me paddling out in the limited daylight. Although I returned from each search with numb toes and not even …

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Notes from the Field by Maddy Litster

My heart starts to race knowing I get one more breath before plunging my face into the cold water of the Salish Sea. With a few swift kicks of my fins, I am pushed towards the ocean floor. I can feel my heartbeat reverberate through my body and my legs adopt this rhythm, guiding me over the sand. Kick, beat, kick, beat. There are shoots of eelgrass ahead waving in the current, gesturing me closer. Like an omniscient being, I float above a world of its own.
Fish dart between clusters of eelgrass, a lone crab scurries across the open sand, and star fish brighten up the dark rocks beneath. Ahead is a hazy darkness. I should be afraid, but I'm drawn to the dusky veil and what lies behind it. Kick, beat, kick, beat. Suddenly, I remember my breath. I need air. I look towards the surface, shimmering above me. I kick my fins faster, my chest aches for a sweet breath of air. Whoosh! I break the surface and gulp down the oxygen my body craves. Saltwater drips into my mouth reminding me of the world I just came from as the wind tickles my face welcoming me home. I pop the goggles off my face and breathe in the salty smell of the sea.
Laying back, I relax into the waves that comfort me like an old friend and look up at the sky. A few gulls fly past chattering away. I breathe deeply a few times filling my lungs with air dampened by the sea, preparing myself for my next immersion. As I sit up I pull my mask onto my face, fiddling with the seal until it fits just so. My heart begins to race again, and I take a deep breath. Kick, beat, kick, beat.

Event: Starry Nights

Starry Nights

Sunday August 29 at 8 pm

Dinner Bay Park

Join us at Dinner Bay Park on Sunday August 29th for Starry Nights 2021 at 8pm. Victoria based nature enthusiast and former director of the Center of the Universe Astronomy Interpretive Centre Scott Mair will join us once again this year. He’ll give us a quick tour of the night sky and some tips and tricks on navigating our way …

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