The Oystercatcher: News and Events from the Mayne Island Conservancy

October 2021

Youth Education Builds Momentum on Mayne

Youth Education Builds Momentum on Mayne
By Rob Underhill

A Program Worth Supporting

Connecting local youth with our environment is an important part of the work we do. Over the past ten years we have delivered 140 lessons for youth on Mayne Island, mostly in partnership with the Mayne School. Students plant trees, explore intertidal life, and learn about ecosystem processes and how those processes are connected to our …

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Fall Native Plant Sale

Fall Native Plant Sale
By Rob Underhill

Now that the soils have softened, it's a perfect time for planting. We have a selection of beautiful native plants from our small plant nursery now available for order. Our top picks this year are Oregon gumweed, red columbine, and nodding onion. These perennial wildflowers provide amazing colour and summer food for pollinators. To order plants, please email Rob Underhill …

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Identifying Signs of Deer Overbrowsing

Identifying Signs of Deer Overbrowsing
By Katie Kushneryk

The Many, Many Deer of Mayne Island

When driving down a Mayne Island road in the evenings, it’s common to see deer in the headlights – many, many deer. As with most of the Gulf Islands, Mayne has more deer than are ecologically sustainable. European colonization has reduced human hunting and removed predators from this area. As a result, deer …

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Mayne Island's Purple Martins

Male Purple Martin. Photo: Eric Ellingson
By Nancy Gibson

International Travellers

If being a human feels challenging these days, take a moment to consider the awe-inspiring purple martins who are now on their epic journey to southeastern Brazil - an extraordinary round trip migration of 22,000 km. These large swallows have spent their summers on the Pacific Northwest coast for …

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Habitat Restoration at Bennett Bay

Habitat Restoration at Bennett Bay
By Rob Underhill

A Place of Many Values

Many of you are familiar with Bennett Bay Park, the 26-acre property that includes Campbell Point and the area between the beach and Wilkes Road. This part of the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve is well loved by Mayne Island residents and visitors alike, with a great swimming beach and beautiful hiking trails. The Park …

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Spiders of Mayne Island (and Reasons to Love Them)

Long-bodied cellar spider
By Don Enright

Spiders aren't everybody's cup of tea. They can be unpredictable, fast-moving, hairy-looking, and they show up in inconvenient places like your bath tub. But spiders are wonders of nature that deserve our respect. All spiders are predators—that is to say, they don't chew on your petunias nor bore into your apples. In fact, they are probably preying upon the insects …

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Events

Spiders of British Columbia

Spiders of British Columbia
We're excited to welcome three spider experts from the Royal BC Museum on Sunday October 3rd. There will be two opportunities to learn from and engage with these scientists. First, a guided walk at Henderson Community Park at 1pm. Second, a …

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Spider Search and Discovery Walk

Spider Search and Discovery Walk
We're excited to welcome three spider experts from the Royal BC Museum on Sunday October 3rd. There will be two opportunities to learn from and engage with these scientists. First, a guided walk at Henderson Community Park at 1pm. Second, a …

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