The Oystercatcher: News and Events from the Mayne Island Conservancy

December 2021

Dear friends,

Can you help us double our monthly donors by the end of this year?
Currently, the Conservancy has 31 monthly donors. The challenge to you, friends, is to help us double this number to 60 by year’s end. Here’s how we propose to get there: sign up now or at least by the end of December as a monthly donor of $20.00 or more, and you will receive a copy of the beautiful Mayne Island map done by local artists for the publication Islands in the Salish Sea—a Community Atlas published in 2005. It’s not only a beautiful piece of artwork but it has an amazing amount of information on and around the map, inspired by David Elliott Sr.’s book Saltwater People.
The advantages of Monthly Giving are many for both you, the donor, and for the Conservancy:
  • You get the satisfaction of supporting a local, volunteer-based conservation organization with a proven track record on Mayne Island. You’ll be investing in your own community—and your island’s future.
  • The Conservancy receives a steady income stream providing more stability for the organization
  • It’s easy. Sign up just once and each month thereafter the amount you designated will be automatically donated via your credit card.
  • At the end of the calendar year you will receive a tax receipt for the total amount donated that year
  • At any time you can cancel your monthly commitment by contacting your bank or credit card provider.

News and Articles

Our Changing Island

Our Changing Island
By Katie Kushneryk

The growing demographic of young families is just one of the recent transformations within our community.

The stage is set: Dinner Bay Park has become the open ocean, and the roles of herring, salmon and orca are played out by the young participants of the Family Nature Exploration program. Guided by Conservancy staff, the kids are playing a modified version …

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Mayne Eelgrass Declines by 26 Percent

Mayne Eelgrass Declines by 26 Percent
By Rob Underhill

My most memorable marine experience this past year was snorkeling in the middle of a big ball of herring, a real National Geographic moment. I found if I avoided sudden movements, I could ease myself into the middle of the herring ball. Once there, surrounded by countless thousands of fish all swimming tightly together, I …

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Woodpeckers of Mayne Island

Woodpeckers of Mayne Island
By Nancy Gibson

Meet our island woodpeckers.

As you sip tea by the woodstove and gaze out at your suet-nut feeder this winter, one family of bird is very likely to make its presence known. With their striking black and white patterning and red heads, crests and crowns, the woodpeckers of Mayne are easy to spot and fascinating to watch. Woodpeckers are chisel-billed, wood-excavating birds with very …

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A Forestry Award for Stephanie Wilford

A Forestry Award for Stephanie Wilford
By Deb Foote

Former Conservancy Summer Intern receives prestigious recognition.

On October 6th 2021, Stephanie Wilford (Bachelor of Science Honours, Forest Ecology and Management, 2020) current PhD student (and former member of the Mayne Island Conservancy’s Summer Intern Program) received the Schlich Memorial Prize from the Canadian Institute of Forestry / Institut forestier du Canada (CIF). CFC-IFI Executive Director Mark Pearson stated that “with …

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Events

Groundwater Recharge Potential on Mayne Island

Groundwater Recharge Potential on Mayne Island

Weds. December 8, 7 pm via Zoom

Join us for a presentation by William Shulba, Senior Freshwater Specialist with the Islands Trust, about an essential natural resource: groundwater. Groundwater is an important resource of islands in the Salish Sea, supporting community water needs and the function of watersheds. Evidence-based ways to determine the ability of watersheds to recharge groundwater during the …

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An Evening with Luke Wallace

An Evening with Luke Wallace

Saturday December 11th, 7 pm, Agricultural Hall

Join us as we welcome back BC singer-songwriter Luke Wallace for a concert to benefit the Mayne Island Conservancy. Luke Wallace’s mission is clear: write songs that inspire people to face the injustices in our world …

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Family Birding

Belted Kingfisher. Photo: Andy Morrffew

Sunday December 12th 10am

Your child is walking through the forest, when suddenly a flurry of feathers catches their eye. What kind of bird do they see? Is it a year-round resident, or a migrating bird passing through? If your kids (and you!) are keen to learn more, our family friendly birding event is for you. The family birding program will run on December …

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Neighbourly Birding

Neighbourly Birding

Sunday December 12th 10am

Are you intrigued by the various birds you've seen on your hikes and shoreline rambles here on Mayne? If so, please join our friendly neighbourhood bird enthusiasts to learn about the tools and techniques of basic birding. No experience is required, just a keen eye and interest in learning how to observe our avian neighbours. Binoculars and field guides (or …

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Christmas Bird Count

Christmas Bird Count

December 18

This year the Christmas Bird Count will take place on Saturday, December 18, a day when thousands of volunteers will collect wildlife survey data in over 2000 locations around the Western Hemisphere. These results are crucial in the day-to-day study by conservation biologists to understand bird population trends. Michael Dunn, Executive Director of the Mayne Island Conservancy, has organised the …

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Friends, thank you for remembering the Mayne Island Conservancy in your year-end giving.

We envision our island home as a place with healthy, diverse, resilient ecosystems cared for by an engaged and informed community.
We are a registered charity and issue tax receipts for all donations $20 and up.
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