The Oystercatcher: News and Events from the Mayne Island Conservancy

January, 2021

Quiet Seas

How a global pandemic provided an opportunity to study whale behaviour in a quieter ocean

Quiet Seas: How a global pandemic provided an opportunity to study whale behaviour in a quieter ocean
By Charlotte Matthews

This year many of us have lived quieter lives, keeping each other safe by distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. With restrictions in travel across the globe, a phenomenon occurred during the pandemic lockdowns that is unlikely to happen again anytime soon; a quieter ocean. Over the last few decades, it has become increasingly apparent to scientists and ocean stewards that …

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Bull Kelp Monitoring Program Expands

Bull Kelp Monitoring Program Expands
By Rob Underhill

Something exciting is happening in the world of bull kelp monitoring around the Southern Gulf Islands! Our long-term monitoring program, which previously focused on seven sites off the shores of Mayne Island, has exploded to include 19 sites around the islands of Galiano, Mayne, North Pender, South Pender, and Saturna. This has been possible thanks to the amazing volunteers on …

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Why I Volunteer at the Conservancy

Why I Volunteer at the Conservancy
By Adrienne Brown

As the mother of four wonderful young women and grandmother of a two-year-old, I’ve reached a satisfying stage of life. In her book ‘Grandmothers of the Light’, Paula Gunn Allen eloquently describes this time as one when a woman’s strengths turn to a circle wider than our own children—to the broader community. Volunteering with the Conservancy provides a way to …

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Book Review:"What It's Like to be a Bird"

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By Lori Nick

Public libraries are invaluable sources of information. Borrowing books saves money and provides the opportunity for readers to “test-drive” those that they might like to purchase. I have a treasured reference collection of illustrated books. When I borrowed David Allen Sibley’s What It’s Like to be a Bird​, I knew in an instant that a copy of this beautiful and …

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(Online Event) Habitat Connectivity: Ponds and Plant Propagation

(Online) Habitat Connectivity: Ponds and Plant Propagation

Wednesday, January 27th at 7:30 pm via Zoom

Do you have a pond or wetland on your property? Are you interested in providing valuable habitat for our local wetland-loving wildlife such as amphibians, birds, and bats? Join us on Wednesday January 27th at 7:30pm for a presentation on how to build wetland habitats and improve existing ponds. Our Biologist Rob Underhill will describe the components that make an …

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Mayne Island Field Notes

By Don Enright

My partner and I are in the habit of walking early in the morning, which means in near-darkness at this time of year. It makes for some great stargazing—and occasionally for a surprise. As we walked on a clear late October morning not long ago, I saw something I had never seen: a line of tiny silver lights, moving in perfect synchrony across the sky. It was one of the strangest and most beautiful things I have ever seen. They looked like beads of water, or a string of pearls: tiny, bright, and perfect, moving along silently, one behind the other. What on earth? We both watched and watched until we heard the unmistakable honk of a snow goose coming from high in the sky. Of course: snow geese migrating by night, their white bodies illuminated by a sunrise we couldn't yet see.

We are Hiring for 2021

We are Hiring for 2021
We are seeking applicants for two temporary positions in 2021 as described in the postings below. The application deadline for both postings is January 17th 2021 at midnight. Ecosystem Technician A (25 weeks): April 12th - September 30th 2021 Ecosystem Technician B (16 weeks): May 10th - August 27th 2021

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2020 Nature Photo Contest - Landscapes

2020 Nature Photo Contest - Landscapes
Check out all of the amazing entries for the Landscape category we received in the past years Nature Photo Contest! Thank you to everyone who got outside and took photos this year. Don't forget, it's not too early to start taking photos for the 2021 Photo Contest. All photos taken on/around Mayne Island between September 2020 and August 2021 are …

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Look Who's Supporting the Mayne Island Conservancy

Photo: Yvonne Tiberghien
Our Community Donors
Take a look at our latest donors—some of them have left messages for you.

There's still time to donate for the 2020 tax season!

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