Yay for Bats!

Celebrating Bat Appreciation Day, April 17, 2020 Yes, bats are definitely cool. Here are three reasons why: 1. They can fly. Bats are mammals that belong to the order Chiroptera (from the Greek cheir – “hand” and pteron -“wing”). The forelimbs of bats form webbed wings, making them the only mammals naturally capable of Read more…

What’s a Grebe?

This is the latest instalment in our series of articles on the remarkable diversity of birds that visit Mayne Island’s shores in winter.  Grebes Grebes are similar to loons, superficially, but are smaller, have lobed toes (as opposed to webbed) set far back on their bodies, and have longer, thinner Read more…