The Oystercatcher: News and Events from the Mayne Island Conservancy

April, 2020

News

"Out In The Field"

"Out In The Field"
By Rob Underhill
“Out in the field”—a term originally used by farmers, and shamelessly stolen by biologists. When I’m having a lucky day free from grant writing or reporting, I’m often ‘in the field’, which could involve anything from invasive plant removal and monitoring past restoration projects to landowner consultations and leading school field trips. The reason I feel lucky when I’m in …
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A Birding Diary

Male Purple Martin. Photo: Eric Ellingson
By Don Enright
Here at the Mayne Island Conservancy, we have put our guided bird walks on hold for now. Birdwatching can be such a fun social activity, and we have really enjoyed the opportunity to get together and learn from one another. We will resume as soon as it's safe to do so. One of the great things about birding, though, is …
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Have You Seen This Plant?

Red-flowered currant
By Don Enright
I moved to Mayne Island a short four years ago, and in my daily walks I quickly got into the habit of looking for some of the beautiful wildflowers and shubs that I had gotten to know in the Douglas fir forests of Vancouver Island. One of my favourites is the red-flowering currant, Ribes sanguineum. I have been surprised at …
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Native Plant Sales

Native Plant Sales
By Rob Underhill
Although we will not be hosting our traditional spring plant sale due to the health risks of COVID-19, plants are still available by order. Orders can be picked up from the Root Seller each Friday or by arrangement, with orders being accepted each week until Thursday evening. Orders can be placed by email to info@mayneconservancy.ca. Payment can be made by …
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Staying Connected While Apart

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There's a whole variety of ways you can get involved with Mayne Island's non-profits while practicing physical distancing. Here at the Conservancy, we are doing our best to carry on our work of conserving the ecology of Mayne Island and its waters, within the constraints of the present difficult situation. To that end, we would love some help with the …
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Beach Cleanup 2020

Float Demolition
By Rob Underhill
We will not be hosting a one day cleanup this year due to COVID-19. Instead of a one day cleanup, we are encouraging everyone to clean the beaches on their own as individuals and families throughout the month of April. Please pile all the debris at the nearest vehicle access to be picked up after the end of April. Please …
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