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July 8, 2009

Orca Day 2009

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Submitted by Parks Canada:


Get to know your local whales


Thieves Bay Park & Marina, Pender Island

Saturday, July 18 Starting at 3pm

•  3pm – 5:30pm  Expert presentations by Centre for Whale Research (including Orca ID & vocal station) and Soundwatch; Children’s Activities with Parks Canada and Jeff Hogan/Killer Whale Tales

•  5:30pm – 7 pm  Bring your own Picnic; live Local Music by Ptarmigan Music Society; Ask The Experts Q&A

Limited parking.  Please walk, bike and use Car Stops.  If you must drive, ride share.  Please bring your own chair and water bottle.

For more information  call Parks Canada at 250-629-6137

Orca Day presented by: Gulf Islands National Park Reserve; Pender Islands Conservancy Assn. (PICA); Pender Islands Animal Welfare Society (PAWS); Ptarmigan Music Society; Pender Island Power and Sail Squadron; Vancouver Island South District – Canadian Power and Sail Squadron.

Shuttle available for Otter Bay, Port Browning and Poets Cove Marina patrons.  Thanks to Pender Island Realty and Pender Island Waste Management for their support.

For the promotional poster click here:  orcadayposter.pdf

April 13, 2009

Mystery location photo no. 1

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Can you identify where on the Penders this photo was taken?  If no right answers come forward, the location will be disclosed in a week.  Sorry, there are no prizes, unless someone wants to donate something!  How about a mug with a local business logo on it?

img_1942.jpg  photo: Jocko  (click on photo for larger image)

We have a correct answer!  (see comment)  Thanks Everest.

March 16, 2009

Media Watch

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The world’s rubbish dump: a garbage tip that stretches from Hawaii to Japan!

 By Kathy Marks, Asia-Pacific Correspondent, and Daniel Howden at The Independent newspaper, London, UK.


Independent graphic

A “plastic soup” of waste floating in the Pacific Ocean is growing at an alarming rate and now covers an area twice the size of the continental United States, scientists have said.

The vast expanse of debris – in effect the world’s largest rubbish dump – is held in place by swirling underwater currents. This drifting “soup” stretches from about 500 nautical miles off the Californian coast, across the northern Pacific, past Hawaii and almost as far as Japan.

Charles Moore, an American oceanographer who discovered the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” or “trash vortex”, believes that about 100 million tons of flotsam are circulating in the region. Marcus Eriksen, a research director of the US-based Algalita Marine Research Foundation, which Mr Moore founded, said yesterday: “The original idea that people had was that it was an island of plastic garbage that you could almost walk on. It is not quite like that. It is almost like a plastic soup. It is endless for an area that is maybe twice the size as continental United States.” For the complete story, go to “trash vortex”

Can we on Pender make a small difference by reducing our use of plastic?

January 28, 2009

The Driftwood Cats

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For the past five years we have been monitoring and dealing with the feral cats at Driftwood Centre.  Two years ago we managed to trap, spay and neuter the four cats that were in residence.  Because of the dry storage areas to curl up in and the abundance of food, more moved to Driftwood, and last summer a kitten explosion occurred.  We managed to trap, foster, socialize, spay or neuter 13 kittens which we then found homes for.  A further 5 kittens who were older that 10 weeks and could not be socialized, were spayed/neutered and released back to Driftwood.  This was all done with the wonderful assistance of Pender Animal Welfare Society (P.A.W.S).  Thank you.

These cats are wild, they are not domesticated cats left off at Driftwood, and most are 4th or 5th generation feral cats.  From experience, once they are older that 10 weeks, you can take the cat out of the wild, but you cannot take the wild out of the cat, and they do not make safe and friendly pets.  None of the cats at Driftwood are younger than 4 months.

The reality of the situation is that feeding these wild cats is not helping.  A large amount of food is being left beside Tru Value daily; the cats now wait in expectation.  More feral cats will soon move to the area, and once again we are going to be faced with a multitude of kittens in the spring.  We cannot drain P.A.W.S.’s resources, and alternative solutions may have to be found.


The health and welfare of the colony is being monitored.

Driftwood Properties Ltd.

November 20, 2008

Notice Board

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Get out your binoculars… and be part of the “Birds of Christmas”

The Pender Island Field Naturalists (PIFN) are sponsoring an illustrated talk at the Library Meeting Room on Thursday, December 4, 2008 at 7:30pm, about the birds we can expect to see on Pender Island at this time of year.

Maybe, if you’re lucky, you’ll spot a Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch! (see p. 494, Stokes Field Guide to Birds)

November 7, 2008


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  (photo: Jocko)

…with Dr. Andy MacKinnon

Don’t miss this exceptional opportunity to learn more on forest ecology, in general, and mushrooms and other fungi, in particular, from one of B.C.’s most qualified botanists.

Friday, November 14, at 7:30 pm at the Library.

Admission by suggested $5.00 donation

Follow up field trip Saturday, November 15 – 9:00 to 11:00 am

(Details to be announced at talk)


Pender Islands Conservancy Association

Pender Island Field Naturalists

November 1, 2008

Photo of the week…

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Fall colour on Pender, near Otter Bay, October 28, 2008 (photo: Jocko)

October 26, 2008

Notice Board

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Pender Islands Field Naturalists (PIFN) are sponsoring slide presentations by Gerry Roy and Gerry McKeating entitled:

Those Other Islands – Sanibel, Florida and Galapagos

There will be a short General Meeting as well.

Tuesday, October 28 at 7:30 pm in the Library Meeting Room

Door Prizes!!

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