The Oystercatcher: News and Events from the Mayne Island Conservancy

June, 2019

Dear friends,

Welcome to the long days as we approach the summer solstice.

Every once in a while, we’ll speak in this newsletter of some aspect of the nuts and bolts of our operations. This month, we talk about monthly giving. If this suddenly makes you want to have a nap, have a read of the very eloquent article by one young supporter about why he was inspired to sign up to make monthly donations and the satisfaction this gives him.

I won’t go into the reasons why stable, predictable income over the course of the year is so important to keeping our office running and enabling us to funnel nearly all of the grant funds we apply for, directly into the programs that benefit the terrestrial and marine ecosystems here on Mayne Island.

And as usual, we have some nice articles on Mayne Island's fascinating bird life, and a followup on the success of our Paddle Along fundraiser.

Enjoy the newsletter!
Malcolm Inglis
President, Mayne Island Conservancy

Articles

The Warblers of Mayne Island

Common Yellowthroat. Photo: Dan Pancamo
By Michael Dunn
Right now, at any time of day—but especially the morning—you can hear the sounds of birds: male birds on their territories; parents attending nests; and the first broods of young birds hungrily trilling to be fed. Out of all these sounds, a few species of birds’ songs stand out. The warblers, in particular, are both beautiful to look at and …
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Why I Donate Monthly by Dan Stewart

Why I Donate Monthly by Dan Stewart
Author: Dan Stewart
I am a graduate student in the Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences at UBC and have been a both a member and monthly donor to the Mayne Island Conservancy for about 4 years. My connection with Mayne Island is due to my grandparents, who owned a waterfront cabin in Campbell Bay that my family …

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Top Five Reasons Why Monthly Giving is a Great Idea

  1. 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.
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Paddle Along: A Success!

Paddle Along: A Success!
Author: Andrew Simon

Congratulations Mayne and Galiano! Together we raised $3,000 for biodiversity research through our Paddle Along Fundraiser. Set back by the winds last Saturday, our team did their best to go the distance, paddling 42 km around Mayne Island and out to the Ballingall Islets, concluding our journey at Montague Harbour (with Mike Nadeau circumnavigating Mayne). Along our way we documented …

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6th Annual Amateur Nature Photo Contest

Mew Gull
The Mayne Island Conservancy Nature Photo Contest was started as a way to engage visitors and locals and to get them to explore Mayne Island. It has been a success, reaching people far and wide, with 50 different entrants in 2018 sending in over 130 photos. Photo: Pat Zuest *2018 Winner Ocean Beach Scene Category* Categories This year …
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Events

Oceans Day 2019: Ocean Plastics Presentation

Oceans Day 2019: Ocean Plastics Presentation

June 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Mayne Island Agricultural Hall, 430 Fernhill Rd

Are you concerned about the health of our oceans? Wondering what you can do? Join us on Friday evening for a presentation by Gina Hopkins and Calvin Bilsky from the Ocean Legacy Foundation. They will share their experiences working on solutions to what has become a major environmental crisis facing our planet; ocean plastics. From coordinating remote shoreline cleanups to …
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Oceans Day 2019: Creatures of Kadonaga Bay

Oceans Day 2019: Creatures of Kadonaga Bay

June 8 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Kadonaga Bay, St. John Point

On Saturday afternoon we’ll be exploring the seashore at Kadonaga Bay to discover the diverse creatures that live there. We’ll be joined by a panel of experts including Kelly Nordin, Dave Hutchinson, and Michael Dunn that will help identify the creatures we find. A favourite pastime of Kelly Nordin & Dave Hutchinson is exploring intertidal zones; seeking to catch a …
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