The Oystercatcher: News and Events from the Mayne Island Conservancy

March, 2019

Gulls of Mayne Island (and beyond)

Gulls of Mayne Island (and beyond)
By Michael Dunn. Photo: Don Enright
Living on the coast, gulls are part of our viewscape and soundscape but few people know them beyond ‘seagulls’. They are conspicuous and gregarious and seem equally at home in urban, agricultural and marine areas. Most of the gull species are in one family and all are similar in colour and structure. They have a large mostly white body and …
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Photo Contest Entries: Insects

Photo Contest Entries: Insects
Photo: Kelly Fretwell
Here are our entries from the 2018 photo contest in the category "Insects." Thank you to all participants.
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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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Coming Events

Plants for Pollinators

Bumble bee, Bombus flavifrons. Photo: Sarah Johnson
Photo: Sarah Johnson
Friday, March 29 @ 8:00 pm
Mayne Island Community Centre, Felix Jack Road
How can YOU contribute to pollinator research and conservation? Join guest speakers Sarah Johnson and Andrew Simon to learn how to help native pollinators and plants in the islands. Sarah Johnson (PhD candidate at SFU) and Andrew Simon (MSc candidate at UVic) are teaming up with the Mayne Island and Galiano Island Conservancies on a citizen science research …
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Annual Beach Cleanup

Annual Beach Cleanup
With our stronger than normal storms this winter, we expect a lot of debris will wash up our shores this year. Please join us for our annual Beach Cleanup on April 7th at 1pm. Mark the date on your calendar, and call your local Beach Captain to join…Read more

Spring Native Plant Sale

Vulture Ridge
We’ll be holding our annual Spring Native Plant Sale on April 27th from 10am to 1pm at the Agricultural Hall grounds.
Native plants are all around us. They provide us with a stunning visual display that changes through the seasons, all while providing food and habitat for native animals, insects, and fungi. Read more

Annual General Meeting

Male Anna's Hummingbird
The Mayne Island Conservancy Society will hold our Annual General Meeting on Saturday, April 27th, 2019, at 1:00 pm in the Agricultural Hall. Join us to learn more about how the Conservancy operates in the community. Learn about what we have been up to over the last year, including...
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Paddle Along for Biodiversity

Paddle Along for Biodiversity
April 27th, David Cove
You are invited to help support our upcoming BioBlitz in a “Paddle Along for Biodiversity” fundraiser. There are two ways to participate: 1) Join in a kayak-based plant and wildlife survey from David Cove to Bennett Bay on the first leg of a three-day, 60 km circumnavigation of Mayne and Galiano Islands; 2) sponsor a paddler by making a pledge. …
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Bioblitz!

Bioblitz!
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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