The Oystercatcher: News and Events from the Mayne Island Conservancy

December, 2019

News

Nature's Classroom

Youth Education on Mayne Island
By Rob Underhill
Take a moment to think back on your childhood. Can you pick one or two experiences that inspired you to discover and admire the natural world? Perhaps a family trip to a special place, a school field trip, or special teacher? As a local nature conservancy, we want to do our very best to ensure children …
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Ecological Impact of Deer Overpopulation on Mayne Island

Ecological Impact of Deer Overpopulation on Mayne Island
By Rob Underhill
There are many more deer on Mayne Island now than in previous centuries. The evidence for that statement is available for anyone to see: most native plants on Mayne Island are decreasing in abundance as a result of deer browse. Have you seen sword fern with its tips chewed off? Salal slowly dying as deer eat the new growth and …
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It's Time to Renew Your Membership

Memberships to the Mayne Island Conservancy Society expire on December 31st of each year. If you haven't purchased your 2020 membership yet, don't worry: it's easy to do and there's plenty of time. We will be mailing our year-end report next week, which will include a form to fill out that will allow us to renew your membership and process your year-end giving. Alternately, feel free to stop by our office with a cheque or cash.

Memberships are $5 for adults; $3 for children (12 and under; no voting privileges); or $15 for a family (defined as people living under one roof who identify themselves as a family.)

You're also welcome to renew online. Did you know you can update your contact information, see your donor history, and renew your membership through our website? You just need to log in.
  1. Navigate to our home page at mayneconservancy.ca
  2. Click on "log in" in the top left corner
  3. If you've never logged in before, scroll down to the green text that says Forgot Password and proceed from there.
  4. If you have trouble, don't hesitate to email us at comms@mayneconservancy.ca. Don will get back to you within 24 hours.

We have a new phone number: 250-539-2535

Please remove our old number from your phone directories; this is our one and only office phone number from now on. Thanks.

Events

Birding in the Wild I

Male Anna's Hummingbird

Saturday, November 30th, 9:30 am

Corner Simpson and Gallagher Bay Roads

This is part one of a two-part series—join us for one or both walks. Join Michael Dunn and other experienced birders for an exploration of Mayne Island’s terrestrial, shoreline, and marine winter bird habitats. Punch's Alley Meet at the corner of Simpson and Gallagher Bay Roads at 9:30am for a 10:00am start
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Birding in the Wild II

Birding in the Wild II

Saturday, December 7, 2:00 pm

Georgina Point Lighthouse

Join Michael Dunn and other experienced birders for an exploration of Mayne Island’s terrestrial, shoreline, and marine winter bird habitats. Georgina Point Saturday, December 7th, 2:00-4:00pm Meet at Georgina Point Lighthouse Park at 1:30pm for a 2:00pm start...
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Hidden Life of Local Waters

Hidden Life of Local Waters

Saturday, Jan 18, 7 pm

Agricultural Hall

Meet Larry Taylor, a diver who participated in last May’s BioBlitz. While diving off our shores Larry used his camera to record his findings and he is delighted to share them with us! In May of 2019 the Mayne Island Conservancy along with our counterparts on Galiano Island held a BioBlitz with the objective of establishing an inventory of living …
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