In December we bid a fond farewell to Alistair Marr-Paine, who worked with the Mayne Conservancy as an Ecosystems Technician since May of 2023. Alistair contributed to a broad range of projects while he was here. He applied his experiences as a kayak guide and avid surfer to our nearshore marine monitoring programs and put to good use the knowledge he had gained from his education at Camosun College’s Environmental Technology Program while propagating native plants and working at our habitat restoration sites. He learned new skills leading our annual bat monitoring and wetland surveys, and met a lot of new friends along the way. Alistair’s sense of humour and patient listening will be missed around the office, but we will remember his time with us when we enjoy outdoor meetings in the newly renovated backyard office space, a project Alistair played a major role in completing.

We wish Alistair the best as he finishes up his education at Camosun and pursues his dream of kayaking from Alaska to Victoria, BC!

Alistair monitoring bull kelp at Georgina Point.
Alistair removing invasive Scotch broom at Bennett Bay.
Alistair conducting annual vegetation monitoring at the Hedgerow wetland restoration project.
Alistair poses with the newly completed patio.

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