News & Events

The Fall 2022 Newsletter is here!

Issue #27 of the Lasqueti Island Nature Conservancy newsletter is here.

Find the latest issue and an archive of previous newsletters here.

The Fall newsletter includes a range of articles including:

  • Intertidal Landscape of Xwe’etay
  • Seen in Passing
  • LINC’s Mission Statement
  • Community BioBlitz at Mt. Trematon
  • Mt. Trematon Biodiversity Study Update
  • Native Plants: Juncus effusus (Common Rush, Soft Rush, Swampgrass)
  • Powdery Mildew on BigLeaf Maple
  • LINC Update and News of Interest: Squitty Bay Day

Squitty Bay Day Success!

Wow, what a very successful Squitty Bay Day! The weather was perfect, the food excellent, the hikes were arduous but very informative, workshop/craft booth very popular, the boat ride thrilling, the paintings sublime and the music melodious. 

Thank-you to the over 100 people who came out to Squitty Bay and supported Lasqueti Island Nature Conservancy LINC. Our parks and protected areas thank you too! Generous donations and membership renewals plus food sales brought in over $1,700. 

Special thanks go to:

Workshops/hikes/signs:
Bill Helin, Darlene Olesko, Peter Lironi, Doug Hopwood, Jessica Slavik, Jean Gordon, Marilyn Darwin, Kahlio Dryburg, Shirley Rogers and Ginja Lion.

Thanks to all in the bands:
Ken Pickard, Ken Lertzman, Kuba Suttles, Dave Wilcox, Bob Bickford, Carly Reisig, Bruce McLuckie and Bev Finch – with a special thanks for loaning sound equipment and setting up the tents!

The cooks, kitchen and membership helpers:
Wendy Schneible, Shirley Rogers, Mikyla Lironi, Suzie Rezansoff, Bruce Grant,  Shoshanah Waxman, Barb Brooks, Cynthia Milton, Nora and Lena Deitsch, Ron Abrahams, Richard Chesham, Sharon Chesham, Terry Thompson Jack Barrett and James Schwartz.

We hope you had a wonderful summer, even if you missed this great event. 

LINC depends on our members and supporters to help fund our General programs.  These include education and outreach projects including events like this one, our newsletters, management on reserve lands, and working with landowners to identify and protect important ecosystems –  through stewardship, conservation covenants or acquisition. And, we now have an Acquisition Fund, monies set aside only for acquisition costs. This fund helped with the recent Point Young acquisition. 

All donations over $20 receive a charitable receipt.

Donate through CanadaHelps or directly to Lasqueti Island Nature Conservancy by cheque or e-transfer (linc@lasqueti.ca). Please indicate if you wish your donation to go to the acquisition fund or the general fund. 

Gordon Scott, Chair


Photos from a memorable Squitty Bay Day 2022 (Photos by Morgan Maher):


Artwork produced during the ‘Whimsical Landscapes’ Workshop led by Darlene Olesko at Squitty Bay Day 2022:


Squitty Bay Day Sunday August 28th!

The fun starts at 2 pm. Come to Squitty Bay Day and celebrate our parks and protected areas with the Lasqueti Island Nature Conservancy. Bring water, and anything else you need to stay cool and happy as we walk, create, play and enjoy music and the beauty of nature. Donations of fingerfood goodies are welcome. Admission for the hikes, workshops and the evening bands are by donation. Kids are free. All contributions go to to LINC’s acquisition fund and the other stewardship and educational work we do.

HIKES:  

Join a guided hike to Young Point. Meet at the Salish View parking area (Smokehouse/ Kachina Bay) within the Squitty Bay Marine Park. This is an early opportunity to walk with Gordon Scott the soon-to-be park, exploring the adjoining area recently acquired for conservation by the BC Parks Foundation. 

Join a plant walk and hike to Salish View. Meet at the park’s gathering area near the dock for a plant walk up to Salish View. Join Jessica Slavik, Jean Gordon, local plant experts, and Hilary Duinker and discover rare and medicinal species on the way, see how the wetland plants added around the fenced, wetland area are faring, pass the 300 – 500 year old-growth trees, and then summit the far-reaching view this memorable and protected place is named for.

WORKSHOPS: 

Art: Join in on a “Painting a Whimsical Landscape” workshop in the picnic area overlooking the marina. Darzo Olesko will lead this fun and inspiring workshop. Some supplies will be available, (canvases and some paint).

Crafts: A nature crafting workshop will be held in the main gathering area overlooking the swimming area, known as Little Squitty Bay. Shirley and others will bring some supplies, but you can bring your own shells, stones, and natural objects to create a memorable piece to take home and remind you of the beauty of nature all year.

Kids Treasure Hunt:

Join in on a treasure hunt led by Kahlio, one of our own Lasqueti kids. Meet above the beach and join in on gathering or photographing of some natural, and unnatural objects!

Boat Trip to look at Point Young:

We will have some seats available on a boat for those who wish to see the Point Young area from the water. Meet at the dock.

At 4 – 4:30 we’ll all meet back at Squitty Bay Park’s gathering area for a swim, snacks incl. donuts, and mingle.

We’ll join Bill Helin in honouring the indigenous heritage of the area. The we’ll hear about future LINC events, and conservation opportunities, and check out resources for conserving Lasqueti’s natural habitats and ecosystems here and in our surrounding islands and marine areas.

At 5 delicious food (corn, wraps, and beverages), will be for sale.

Music starts with Kuba and friends 5-5:30.

Next at 5:30 listen to Bev Finch and Ken Lertman. Then we’ll hear a gypsy jazz band Ken Pickard has brought together. To cap off the evening, Bill Helin will lead a drum circle – as we dance and drum into the evening light as it shines on Squitty Bay and our beautiful island home. 

Come join in on the fun this last Sunday of August and support conservation, stewardship & community on Lasqueti and surrounding islands and waters. Many thanks to the leaders of the hikes and workshops and the musicians for their generosity.

Contact linc@lasqueti.ca for more information

Estate Planning Workshop Postponed

Sadly, we will have to postpone the Estate Planning workshop. Our speaker, Carla Funk from ITC has injured her back to the extent that she cannot work for a while. Despite our desperate entreaties to other
possible speakers, no one is available to take her place so we will have to postpone until a later date.

However, we can arrange individually for a discussion with you if you wish to have some introductory information on
·  Options for financial planning that can help reduce or eliminate capital gains taxes (esp. if you have property)
·   How to help your family and the organization’s missions you support
–   Land transfer and conservation options, while you are living or through your Will

Contact linc@lasqueti.ca for more information go to
https://linc.lasqueti.ca/conservation-options/

Annual General Meeting and Hike – CHANGED TO Sunday May 22nd 2022

As the flowers and blossoms come on strong, the seasons turn, with new and unexplored natural events calling us to wake up. LINC is inviting you to attend our 2022 Annual General Meeting, May 22, SUNDAY at the Judith Fisher Centre at 11 am. If you wish to join by zoom, please contact linc at Lasqueti.ca for a zoom link.

After hearing about last year’s projects, we will review and discuss this year’s plans for stewardship and conservation around the island. Then, two new stalwart Lasquetians will stand for election along with the current board.  

Following the business meeting, we invite you to Mt. Trematon to enjoy one of Lasqueti’s Nature Reserves and to have a look at the recent biodiversity restoration project. Put us on your calendar for May 22st. and bring a lunch. 

Bioblitz with False Bay School – Monday May 30th 2022

On May 30, twenty-eight False Bay School students, families, LINC Board, and community members gathered at Mt. Trematon Nature Reserve to participate in the first all-day Mt. Trematon Bioblitz. The event was organized by Cora Skaien, conservation biologist, Catriona Gordon, environmental educator, Jean Gordon, UVIC Ecological Restoration student, False Bay teachers Petra Knight and Amanda Jahnke and community experts including Jessica Slavik (medicinal plants), Sheila Ray (birds) and Sue Wheeler (butterflies).  Other community environmental educators included Yves Parizeau and Kaia Bryce.
The focus of the day was ecosystem interconnections.  We learned about the need for diverse habitats to support a wide range of species. Students learned about food webs — how a complex web of species with many connections among organisms makes for a resilient ecosystem. Bioblitzers also learned about recycling of nutrients in the food web – for example decomposers such as bacteria and fungi break down leaf litter, which in turn supports new plant growth and soil fauna. 

 The biggest hit with the kids was using “loupes” (otherwise known as hand lenses) to investigate soil invertebrates and the ways in which they have adapted to thrive and reproduce in their natural habitat. We learned how to identify cyanide millipedes (two sets of legs per segment) and that millipedes are vegetarian and eat decomposing plant matter on the forest floor. We also found thread centipedes (one set of legs per segment). We learned that these creatures are carnivorous and with loupes we examined the venomous claws they use to attack their insect prey.

Younger students created alder leaf and bark rubbings. They explored bark textures and became familiar with local tree species by their trunks—the scaly mottled bark of the alder and the distinctive lenticels (horizontal slits) of the bitter cherry.  Older students learned that alder is a pioneer tree species that has a symbiotic relationship with Frankia bacteria. Alders share the sugars produced by photosynthesis with Frankia bacteria and the bacteria pass much-needed nitrogen to the roots of the alders. We discussed how alders produce rich leaf litter to fertilize the forest and that dead alder wood is a key part of slow-release addition of nutrients to the forest. 
Sheila Ray had us all listening in silence for bird calls; by the end of the day many could identify the whinny of the robin and the cuk-cuk-cuk of the Pileated woodpecker. Sue Wheeler talked about the life cycle of the Western tiger swallowtail butterfly and prompted us to be on the look out from May to July for the riparian-loving species that are hosted by bitter cherry and willow.  Jessica Slavik introduced Indigenous uses of native plants found on Trematon. We learned of the many medicinal benefits of nettles — and their value as a strong weaving fiber. 
The day was a memorable hands-on opportunity to explore, investigate, share knowledge and get to know each other and our local flora and fauna on Mt. Trematon.

Workshop on Estate Planning – Friday June 24th 2022

The calendar is getting full! On Friday, June 24th LINC with the Last Resort Society are co-hosting a workshop on Estate Planning. Join us at 11 am to welcome Carla Funk, a Strategic Fund Development Specialist with the Islands Trust Conservancy. She will describe options for financial and estate planning that can help you reduce or eliminate costly capital gains taxes, and at the same time help your family and the organizations that you love, as you pass the torch to the next generations. Land transfer to the next generation or other land trust organizations will be of particular interest for discussion.

LINC Gets A New Website!

With the launch of our new website, Lasqueti Island Nature Conservancy is excited to offer you easier site navigation, clearer communication, and a richer multimedia experience. This much-needed update ushers in a new era of possibilities for LINC as a society, and we look forward to increasing our online presence in the days to come. Watch this space for future updates about volunteer activities, society plans and goals, board activities, and more.

We would like to thank the administrators of lasqueti.ca for continuing to host LINC’s digital world, as well as Ian Rusconi for volunteering his time and expertise to create this site. Additional thanks to members of the LINC team: Ken Lertzman, Izzy Harrington, and Julia Woldmo for their contributions and expertise in creating this site. Finally, a thank you to all of the many photographers from the Lasqueti community and community at large who captured these moments in nature – thank you!


2021 Accomplishments

2021 – a year of restoration & stewardship, while increasing the conservation of land on Lasqueti Island. Here’s a recap of what we’ve done this year. All events included lunches provided by locals.

A big thank you to the volunteers who helped with these great projects in 2021!

·  Held two more spurge purge work parties near the south end fire hall.

·  Completed new public trail at Salish View Nature Reserve.

·  Completed Mt. Trematon Restoration Biodiversity Study proposal and acquired funding for 2021 materials, supplies and paid fence installation work.

·  With Forest Ecologist and member volunteers, completed baseline scientific survey of plant communities of selected restoration sites on Mt. Trematon Nature Reserve.

·  Fenced large 2+ acre exclosure at Mt. Trematon & planted 205 native plants in control areas outside and inside this first exclosure area.

·  Held Annual General Meeting by Zoom, including preparing and providing Annual Report.

·  Installed two new fencing areas at Osland Reserve plus brought 250 native plants to the site.

·  Volunteer watering and monitoring of Salish View restoration fenced area plus planting of 50 additional native seedlings in the exclosure.

·  Completed annual covenant monitoring at all three Nature Reserves.

·  Published three newsletters: Spring, Summer and Winter 2021.

·  Assisted with publicizing, fundraising and conserving Young Point area.

·  Designed, released and summarized results from our 2021 Community Survey.

·  Held three-day Strategic Planning event, preparing for new 2022-25 Strategic Plan

·  Redesigned new website, wrote articles for Lasqueti Local and added content to our Facebook page.

·  Installed Reserve Boundary signs at Salish and Osland Nature Reserves.

Thank you to our volunteers for all their work to sustain and restore nature! In gratitude for the paid fence installers, lunch makers, and restoration specialists.