The Oystercatcher: News and Events from the Mayne Island Conservancy

December, 2020

News

A Year in Conservation Action

A Year in Conservation Action
Our annual infographic. See what we've been up to for the last 12 months, with the help of people like you.

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Island Residents and Land Care

Island Residents and Land Stewardship
By Adrienne Brown

With Mayne Island property owners aware that 30% of the land here is dedicated to human use, they are motivated to look for ways to strike a balance between nature conservation and development. This leads to all kinds of practical questions, such as: How do we build and maintain a house, septic, and food garden while leaving …

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Mayne Island Field Notes

A Raven Encounter
By Nancy Gibson

Blustery winds and pelting November rain meant the outdoors didn't beckon as usual, but too much time curled up with books and staring at screens was starting to make us bug-eyed, so we bundled up and headed up Mt. Parke for a bracing hike. As soon as we were in the shelter of the …

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The Importance of Stewardship

The Importance of Stewardship
By Rob Underhill

Over the past eight years I’ve had the joy of joining 105 different property owners to explore and share natural wonders across Mayne Island. My visits have taken me to hidden corners of the island I would otherwise never have seen. I’ve been shown huge Douglas fir trees, ancient giants peering down on our second growth forests, …

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2020 Nature Photo Contest - Native Creatures

2020 Nature Photo Contest - Native Creatures
Here are all the amazing submissions we received for the 2020 Nature Photo Contest in the Native Creatures category. This was a very popular and competitive category this year, and our judges had some tough choices to make with so many great photos. We're pleased to be able to share them all with you. Thank you very much to all …

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Birds of Mayne Island and the Christmas Bird Count

Birds of Mayne Island and the Christmas Bird Count
by Michael Dunn and Nancy Gibson

Despite its relatively small land area, Mayne Island is a mosaic of forests, clearings, and agricultural fields that offer diverse habitats and ecosystems for many bird species. Wetlands are not common on the island, but we do have a range of forests from the dry Douglas fir and arbutus, to the moister alder, big …

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Events

(Online) Winter Birds of Mayne Island

Harlequin Duck. Photo: Don Enright

Saturday, December 12, 11:00 am-noon via Zoom

Join us for a 45-minute Zoom (teleconference) workshop to familiarize you with the sights and sounds of Mayne Island’s common winter birds. Through images, sounds, and stories, naturalist Don Enright will help you identify the common winter birds of your property and Mayne Island's shorelines. This workshop is in anticipation of the annual Christmas Bird Count. Please RSVP by clicking the link below.

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(Online) Orchids of the South Coast

(Online) Orchids of the South Coast

Wednesday, December 16 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us and guest speaker Sasha Kubicek for an online presentation about our native orchids. These reclusive plants grow in a diversity of habitats and employ several interesting survival strategies. Sasha will guide us through the seasons, and we will learn when to see them in bloom and which species to watch for locally. Sasha has long been interested in …

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2021 Nature Calendar

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Our limited-edition 2021 Nature Calendar is now available for online order, or for local purchase at Dragon Fly, Tree Frog, Books On Mayne and the Mayne Island Building Centre. What a wonderful, locally-sourced holiday gift! They are $20 at our local merchants, or $25 online to cover shipping. Order yours today for Christmas giving.

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Top Five Reasons to Give Monthly

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  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.
  2. It’s efficient: make the donation once, and it repeats automatically. You get the warm feeling of giving each month, without the work.
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