The Oystercatcher: News and Events from the Mayne Island Conservancy

November 2021

News and Articles

Overabundant Deer: A Letter to the Province

fallow deer
By Malcolm Inglis

In October, 2021 the Mayne Island Conservancy Board of Directors approved a policy regarding overabundant deer on Mayne Island and sent a letter to key government representatives.

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Tread Lightly: Water Conservation

raindrop on branch
By Nancy Gibson

Even after such a long dry summer, it seems we always have the wet winter waiting for us, and indeed the average rainfall here amounts to just under three feet (838 mm) annually. So where exactly does all that rain go, and why do Mayne Islanders need to be careful about water consumption?

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Meet the Maples of Mayne Island

Meet the Maples of Mayne Island
By Adrienne Brown

The Bigleaf Maple is by far the most common maple tree on Mayne Island. It is a broad-leaved deciduous tree with a wide, rounded crown that can reach a height of thirty metres or one hundred feet. They often have curved trunks and sport the largest leaves of all the Canadian maples at up to thirty cm or …

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8th Annual Nature Photo Contest Winners

8th Annual Nature Photo Contest Winners
By Katie Kushneryk

From rainbows over the ocean to a dark-eyed junco with near-albino colouring, submissions to our 8th Annual Nature Photo Contest showcased an awesome variety of Mayne Island moments. Thank you to all who submitted entries, and to our panel of judges. We had 27 amateur photographers submit a total of 53 photographs, spread out among five categories: Landscape, Native Creatures, …

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Book Review: The Heartbeat of Trees

Book Review: The Heartbeat of Trees
By Lori Nick

The Heartbeat of Trees: Embracing Our Ancient Bond with Forests and Nature by Peter Wohlleben

Forester and conservationist Peter Wohlleben is the author of the bestselling book The Hidden Life of Trees. I recently came upon his book The Heartbeat of Trees. I love reading literature that deepens my appreciation of the natural …

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Bat Week – Helping Bats at Halloween

Bat Week – Helping Bats at Halloween
By Michael Dunn

As Halloween approaches, images of scary bats become commonplace. This is the perfect time of year to counter bat myths and do something to help bats, by taking part in International Bat Week (October 24-31). Bat Week is all about appreciating these amazing animals and their benefits. Our bats are tremendous consumers of insects and spread nutrients through our forests via their …

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Notes from our Annual General Meeting

Notes from our Annual General Meeting
By Malcolm Inglis

On August 15 of this year, the Conservancy held its annual general meeting in Miners’ Bay Park. Here are the highlights.

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barred owl

Mayne Island Field Notes

by Joan Sutherland

I was sitting in bed having my coffee just as dawn was breaking when a large, dark object landed on the railing of the deck. Lo and behold a magnificent barred owl was perched there. Oh to be so close! Be still my heart. I was mesmerized.
It quietly surveyed its kingdom, head maneuvering from front to back, side to side when all of a sudden a hummingbird swooshed out of nowhere and was obviously not pleased with this creature possibly competing for its pineapple salvia red flowers. The one-inch bomber flew back and forth an inch in front of the owl’s face and at one point hovered right between the owl’s eyes. I wonder if the owl even knew it was there because, incredibly, it didn’t flinch. The hummingbird finally gave up and flew off.
The two of us were calmly surveying all there was to see when the owl’s head and eyes whipped to the deck. There before us was a rat running across the deck beside the house wall and heading for the ramp that would take it down to the grass. Excitement welled up only to be squashed. What did the bird do? Watched it intently until it was out of sight then casually returned to surveying its kingdom. Heaven help me!
That was the start to my day.

Events

Visit the Bat Hibernaculum

Visit the Bat Hibernaculum

Until October 31

BAT HIBERNACULUM: Coming soon to an Agricultural Hall band shell near you! As we prepare for Halloween, our neighbourhood bats are preparing for winter. Local bat species either migrate or hibernate (or both!) during the colder months when food is less abundant. To celebrate our furry friends, the Mayne Island Conservancy is creating a simulation bat hibernaculum in the band …

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Guided Walk: Mushrooms of Mayne Island with Kem Luther and Andy MacKinnon

Mushrooms of Mayne Island: A Guided Walk with Kem Luther and Andy MacKinnon

Sunday November 14, 9:30 am

Pre-registration is required for this event. We are delighted to welcome naturalists and writers Kem Luther and Andy MacKinnon to Mayne Island. Kem is the former dean of Sheridan College’s program in Communication, Culture and Information Technology at the University of Toronto and has been on the faculties of several Ontario universities. When he moved to the southern tip of …

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Mushrooms of British Columbia: A Presentation by Kem Luther and Andy MacKinnon

Mushrooms of British Columbia: A Presentation by Kem Luther and Andy MacKinnon

Saturday November 13, 7 pm Agricultural Hall

Pre-registration is required for this event. We are delighted to welcome naturalists and writers Kem Luther and Andy MacKinnon to Mayne Island. Kem is the former dean of Sheridan College’s program in Communication, Culture and Information Technology at the University of Toronto and has been on the faculties of several Ontario universities. When he moved to the southern tip of …

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The Geology of Mayne Island

The Geology of Mayne Island

Webinar: Wednesday Nov 24, 7 pm

A 12-million-year record of an ancient seafloor.

The oldest rocks on Mayne Island are 80 million years old and are found on the southwest shore including those that make up St. John Point. Rocks become progressively younger to the northeast and those seen on the northeast shore of the island...

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An Evening with Luke Wallace

An Evening with Luke Wallace

Friday, Dec. 10 Details TBC

Join us as we welcome back BC singer-songwriter Luke Wallace for a concert to benefit the Mayne Island Conservancy. Tickets and more details to follow.

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