The Oystercatcher: News and Events from the Mayne Island Conservancy

February, 2019

Dear friends,

I hope you’ll take the time to look at the lead article in this newsletter: Bugles and Baselines, which explains the importance of this fascinating giant ocean algae to many marine creatures, and provides some insight into its health in these changing times. We’re very proud of the scientific work that Conservancy biologists have been able to produce over the years, and its contribution to the understanding of our region’s ecology. The kelp monitoring is part of our overall shoreline care program that’s been running for several years now, mainly on a shoestring budget. But thanks in part to your contributions to our Healthy Shorelines campaign, we hope that this year, we’ll be able to expand this work to our neighbouring islands through partnerships with other conservancies.
Also, please check out our appeal for new directors. Our annual general meeting is coming up in April, and that’s when we hold our elections. We’ve had a steady group of passionate, dedicated directors for several years, and we’d love to diversify and bring fresh ideas and energy into our society. If you have a passion for the environment and would like to make a positive contribution, get in touch!

Malcolm Inglis

Bugles and Baselines - Our Kelp Research

Bugles and Baselines -
By Rob Underhill and Kelly Fretwell
Have you ever made a bugle horn from a piece of washed-up bull kelp? If not, you’re missing out on a fine West Coast experience! Now is a good time to head to the beach and find a beautiful bulb from …
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Directors Wanted

Harlequin Duck. Photo: Don Enright
By Deb Foote
Are you passionate about nature and education? Do you have experience or interest in helping an organization meet its potential? The Mayne Island Conservancy Society is seeking candidates for our 2019 Board of Directors. The Mayne Island Conservancy works with the community to conserve the ecology of Mayne Island and its surrounding water for future generations. We are an active …
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What's a Grebe?

What's a Grebe?
By Michael Dunn
This is the latest instalment in our series of articles on the remarkable diversity of birds that visit Mayne Island's shores in winter.
Grebes Grebes are similar to loons, superficially, but are smaller, have lobed toes (as opposed to webbed) set far back on their bodies, and have longer, thinner necks. Grebe tails look almost …
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2018 Photo Contest Entries: Native Animals

2018 Photo Contest Entries: Native Animals
Here are the entries from the Native Animals category of our 2018 photo contest. Thank you to all the photographers for showcasing Mayne Island's diverse wildlife.
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In Search of (More) Staff Housing

In Search of Staff Housing January 2019
We are in search of rental housing for one summer staff from May 6th until August 23rd 2019. We have hired Jill Westby to work with us during this time. If you think you may have an option that will work for Jill, please contact Rob Underhill here to discuss. If you have housing that is …
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Coming Events


Saturday, February 2 2019, 7:30-9:30 pm, Agricultural Hall
Join the Mayne Island Conservancy and Dr. Simon Dalby for a screening of the documentary BEYOND CRISIS, a film aimed at sparking meaningful dialogue around climate change while empowering people everywhere to make a difference. The reality of climate change may be frightening, but there is good news. Diving into the dramatic climate and energy story unfolding all around us today, this film …
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Seedy Saturday

Seedy Saturday
Friday February 15th
Join the Mayne Island Agricultural Society & Mayne Island Conservancy for a Seedy Weekend. Come out on Friday Feb 15th to learn about the international movement to ensure seed diversity, after nearly a century of control by industrial agriculture. Then on Saturday Feb 16th join Mayne Island Agricultural Society for the annual Seed Swap. We are honoured to announce that Tsartlip Elder …
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Seed: The Untold Story (Film)

February 16 @ 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. Worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. SEED: The Untold Story follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed …
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The Great Adventure by Lemire

co-presented with the Mayne Island Library
7:30 Fri Feb 22
Ag Hall

The head of the Arctic Mission, Jean Lemire, leads the SEDNA IV on its five-month voyage from Montreal to Vancouver, taking the scientific expedition through the treacherous Northwest Passage. Against the backdrop of breathtaking scenery, the crew face exceptionally cold weather and perilous navigation.


The Mayne Island Conservancy along with the Galiano Conservancy will be hosting our first Bioblitz for Mayne and Galiano Islands May 3-5, 2019. A Bioblitz is a concentrated, multi-disciplinary inventory of biological organisms in a defined geographic area. It is designed to improve knowledge of species presence and increase awareness of the diversity of these species as well as any that …
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