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October 4, 2008

Stewardship Education Day

Filed under: Kids zone,Nature watch,Sustainable Living — Jocko @ 3:57 pm

A North Pender Island Stewardship Education Day will be held upstairs at the Community Hall

on Saturday October 11th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.


10:00 am – Exhibits open for community viewing

10:30 am – Rats! Alternative solutions to rodent control

11:30 am – Pender’s endangered species, the Western Painted Turtle

12:30 pm – Homeowner incentives for Solar Hot Water Systems

1:30 pm – Deer Ecology 101 “The Life of Bambi”

Numerous informative and fun displays about landowner stewardship.

Sponsored by:  North Pender Island Local Trust Committee; M.K. Ince and Associates Ltd., Wind Energy Engineering  mkince.caEnvironmental Farm PlanPender Island Conservancy Assn.HAT (Habitat Aquisition Trust)Islands Trust Fund;  and SolarBC.

September 9, 2008

Still no burning…

Filed under: Governance and Legal,Nature watch,Services — Jocko @ 6:13 pm

Due to increased risk of wildfire, a total outdoor burning ban is in effect until October 1, 2008.  This includes incinerators and beach and camp fires.  If you have concerns about smoke or fires call 911.  For more info go to:

August 19, 2008


Filed under: Nature watch — Jocko @ 12:42 pm

A “Reptiles at Risk” presentation is scheduled to take place at the Pender Island Library on Thursday August 28th at 7 pm.

A few important things to know about the program:

-it’s about 1.5 hours long depending on the number of people attending

-species featured will include garter snake, hognose snake, rubber boa, black rat snake, bullsnake, painted turtle, snapping turtle, and corn snake

-all participants have the opportunity to touch or hold various snakes under supervision

-notable items available this year will be the Endangered Reptiles of Canada calender, reptile photography, and the ever-popular ‘your picture with a snake’

-donations accepted

Hope to see you there!

Jeff Hathaway
Sciensational Sssnakes!!
Reptiles at Risk on the Road Project Co-ordinator,

June 27, 2008

Cute, but not so cute…

Filed under: Commentary,Gardening,Nature watch,Views — Jocko @ 7:25 pm

Originally posted Dec. 10, 2007 and here updated.

Paranoia of the day!

There has recently been an explosion in the numbers of rabbits in the Okanagan (see Bunny Explosion) for the full story. Having the rapid spread of the Eastern Grey Squirrel on Vancouver Island, one realizes how vulnerable Pender Island is to introduced, invasive plants and animals. If you have a bunny, all precautions should be taken to ensure your lovable pet doesn’t make a breakout and end up causing even more native plants to disappear by their voracious feeding. And think what might happen to your favourite veggie and flower garden! Racoons have been spotted running around the island, so let’s hope they don’t become the kind of problem they are in some urban areas by raiding garbage cans and invading attics and crawlspaces to find harbourage and a place to reproduce.

June 2008 Update: Oh no, rabbits have been reported running loose on Gowlland Point Road. Apparently somebody has somehow let their pets free. Now residents of the area are scrambling to find ways of trapping and relocating the animals, which have an amazing reproductive capacity. If the release cannot be contained, the rabbits will become increasingly feral and no doubt make their way northward. These adorable looking creatures can wreck havoc on native vegetation and crops, and by their tunneling, damage foundations and facilitate the entry of other pests such as rats and mice. Raccoons have reportedly cornered and killed a domestic peacock on the island and they are now another pest to contend with.

May 28, 2008

Whale worries…

Filed under: Nature watch — Jocko @ 7:59 pm

The following post is from Richard Fox:

Is Pender suddenly losing its orcas? The depletion of the salmon population around the island could lead to that. This winter the L pod had to journey all the way to Monterey, CA to feed. Last summer the residents all but disappeared from our waters from mid-July through the end of the summer. So far during May (2008) I have only seen a resident pod once (evening of May 9), and tonight (May 27, Photo) a group of 4 came by close in around 9pm, but I could not tell if they were residents or transients. If anyone sees orcas around Pender, please report them here! Also, an exciting new development are the return of the humpbacks to inland waters. Has anyone seen a humpback from Pender? That would be the ultimate thrill.

April 11, 2008

Spring cleaning…

Filed under: Kids zone,Nature watch,Sustainable Living — Jocko @ 12:43 am

BC Coastal Cleanup Campaign 20th Anniversary; Earthday 2008 Beach Clean Up

When: Saturday April 19th.

Come lend a hand… Beach Buddies meet at the Driftwood Centre overflow parking lot at 10:00 am.

Celebrate Earth Day activities at the Driftwood Centre from noon to 2:00 pm. Prizes, live music, displays…

Contact Michelle at 629-8377 for more info.

Thanks to our sponsers: CRD; Islands Trust; Driftwood Centre; Pender Island Realty

April 3, 2008

Tent Caterpillars on Fir!

Filed under: Nature watch — Jocko @ 8:50 pm

These guys were found on a true fir (Abies amabilis) in our backyard today. I don’t know what kind of tent caterpillar they are, as there are several species. Usually they are found on deciduous trees such as alder and apple. And it seems a little early for them to be this size. Could they have overwintered in the caterpillar stage because of our mild winter? Let’s hope the kind that run amok on the alder trees aren’t bad this year!

March 26, 2008

Looking sharp!

Filed under: Nature watch — Jocko @ 5:00 am

The sharp-tailed snake is a rare, native, endangered, secretive, harmless creature possibly in your own backyard. Have you seen one? Christian Englestoft, Herpetologist (reptile and amphibian expert) and Todd Carnahan, HAT Land Care Coordinator would like to know. HAT is a non-profit organization conserving significant habitats for over ten years. As part of the federal government’s Habitat Stewardship Program, free consultations and land care packages are available by calling 250.995.2428; visiting or by emailing them at If you are lucky, you may be invited to attend one of their neighbourhood information meetings about species at risk on Pender.

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