The Mayne Island Conservancy Society fosters harmony between nature and community on Mayne Island BC.
How You Can Help
Help our continuing mission on Mayne Island by becoming a member, making a one-time or recurring donation, or volunteering to assist in the execution of our projects. ...Or all of the above!
Program of Events
We do May Day Celebrations, support the Farmers Market & Fall Fair, show movies, run workshops, sponsor speaker evenings & co-sponsor community events.
The Shoreline Care Program began in 2009 to raise awareness about the marine life that surrounds Mayne Island.
Caring for the Land
The Mayne Island Conservation Action Program is geared towards building capacity within the Mayne Island community to be active stewards of Mayne Island's ecosystems.
Welcome to the Mayne Island Conservancy Society (MICS). Formed in 2003, our mission is to foster harmony between nature and community on Mayne Island BC. Staff and volunteers further this mission through offering general education and hands-on experiences for Mayne Island residents and visitors related to preserving the ecological integrity of the island for future generations. We also work to provide expert advice to government bodies on the ecosystems of Mayne Island.
Please browse our site to find out more information about our education and stewardship activities, our events and projects, information on ecological issues and also how you can help us with our mission. If you have any comments or questions you can contact us via phone (250-539-5168), email (email@example.com), or pop by our office at 478 Village Bay Rd.
News and Announcements from The Conservancy
Eelgrass Mapping Project Complete
MICS was a proud partner in a huge multi-year project that has recently been completed. The presence/absence of eelgrass along the entire shoreline of every island within the Islands Trust area was mapped using an underwater camera towed by boat. This method yielded highly accurate data about the distribution of this keystone marine species. This data will provide the ability to detect large increases or decreases in eelgrass distribution within the Islands Trust area over time, and allow governments to make informed decisions about nearshore land use planning. Congratulations to Sea Change Marine Conservation for leading this successful project! Full details on our Eelgrass pages.
Seedy Saturday a great success
There was a line up awaiting the opening of Seedy Saturday in front of the Ag Hall at one o'clock on Feb 7th. This event was well attended all afternoon - many thanks to co-sponsors - the Garden Club and the Ag Society. Details and pictures here.
Here is a summer job opportunity on Mayne Island, B.C. with the Mayne Island Conservancy Society for students 30 yrs old or younger returning to full time studies next year. It's a great opportunity to gain experience with a wide range of projects from marine ecosystem mapping to terrestrial ecosystem restoration, native plant propagation, and community education.
Complete description & how to apply here
The Tally is in!
The annual Mayne Island Christmas Bird Count was held on Sunday, December 14, 2014. The final tally for 2014 was 72 species, 6554 birds and 40 participants in our annual event. The two "Count Birds" (i.e. most important, prized, rare, uncommon etc.) were two Yellow-rumped Warblers and one Western Screech Owl. The full count for our region will be posted on our Birding page as soon as the tabulated results are available.
Miners Bay Herring Spawn Recovery Project
This important initiative, supported by M.I.R.R.A. is set for launch in time for 2015 herring spawn cycle, which can begin as early as January and go to March. Materials are being purchased and installation of substrate should begin whenever the weather cooperates in early December - more: the project gets under way here
Wetland Mapping & Pilot Restoration
This element our Conservation Action project began late last year. Many thanks to the land holders who have been inviting our staff to view wetland areas that had not been previously noted; inventory and mapping will be underway in the first quarter of 2015 - initial details about this pilot project here.
Deer Problem Redux
More of our island communities find that they are facing an escalation in the nature of their local deer problem due to the arrival of invasive Fallow Deer. It might be useful people interested to review the process and results of the Conservancy's (in conjunction with MIRRA) community consultation begun in 2012. On our "Deer Problem" pages you will find a story about the Mayne Island consultations and the resulting report and recommendations together with backgrounders from a UBC research team and the Fish & Wildliife Branch
Find it all, starting here
Active Pass Nature and Arts Festival 2015
The Mayne Island Conservancy is a joint sponsor of this event which is planned for April this year. Full info and Social Media links here. The web site is now fully operational and includes a handy ticket booking function. Account holders at PayPal can use their on-hand balances or use their credit cards - no need to have a PayPal account! Visit the site and see what is on offer during this landmark event!
Book "Walkabouts with the Conservancy" for 2015
As the New Year moves towards Spring and another growing season we want to let you know that the Mayne Island Conservancy continues to offer free walkabouts. At the end of 2014 we were scheduling one walkabout a week - valuable knowledge and insights for the landholder..
We can offer information on a variety of topics, including:
- Plants, bird species, and ecology of your property
- Native plants that are well-suited to your conditions
- Re-vegetation of disturbed areas
- Covenants and other land-protection measures
To find out more, please contact us at 250-539-5168, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
, or come by our office at 478 Village Bay Rd. (the old Root Seller Building). Walkabouts are important part of this year's Conservation Action & Community Stewardship
project and a few more details appear here
The Community-Based Conservation Action Project will empower community members to take conservation actions where they live. Often people unwittingly disturb sensitive ecosystems and given the knowledge would act differently. Conservation, restoration, education and volunteer actions will target sensitive ecosystems including wetlands, marine riparian and Garry Oak ecosystems.
The Mayne Island Conservancy Society will lead on the ground action such as an early detection of, and rapid response to the emergence of invasive plants such as giant hogweed, gorse, and Japanese knotweed. These species represent a danger to public health, park access, and infrastructure, and due to the island nature of Mayne and the small number of infestations, these species can be successfully eradicated from the island before they spread.
Thanks to funding from Environment Canada and recently the Green Angels Wood Choppers, the MICS has been working with the Mayne School to develop and deliver educational programing with a biological focus.
To read about topics introduced to the K to 8 children at the Mayne School click here.
Native Plant Nursery
Mayne Island Conservancy has created a native plant nursery. Now that it's third growing season the goal of this project of providing native plants for restoration projects is being achieved. Further we are able to offer seedlings and well started plants to those interested in native flora. Click here
to see what plants we have for sale and to learn more about this project.
If you want to know more about the variety and beauty of native plants you would do well to vist our Facebook page regularly to look at the photographs and comments appearing in our Native Plant of the Week series.
Thanks to Supporting Agencies & Individuals
The Mayne Island Conservancy Society would like to thank the agencies that have played a part in advancing our Shoreline Care
project, and the conduct of this year's Conservation Action component of the Mayne Island Community Stewardship
The Lower Footpath: Edith Point
- Rob Underhill
- Mayne Island Parks & Recreation Commission
- Capital Regional District
- TD Friends of the Environment
- Environment Canada's EcoAction
- Government of British Columbia
- Green Angels Woodchoppers
- Victoria Foundation
- Public Assistance Conservation Fund
- Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation
For a complete list of those groups and corporations that have assisted the Mayne Island Conservancy Society financially and to learn about our project partners please visit our Supporters
We also offer particular thanks to our individual donors and members who do so much to propel the organization with their enthusiasm and generosity. If you would like to join the Mayne Island Conservancy Society - dues $5.00 per year - or assist in any other way, an on-line form can be found on our How You Can Help
Staff & Volunteers
From time to time the Society hires staff, some under contract, to assist with the execution of projects and day to day administrative functions - pictured at right:
the summer 2012 staff roster: Leanna Boyer, Rob Underhill and Rheanna Drennan at the MICS display at the Fall Fair. Current employees are featured on our Board and Staff
page. For 2014 we were pleased to welcome Olivia Gray and Laura Adlakha as our summer interns; they have both now returned to their UBC studies. They will be missed!
There are many opportunities to be involved in the Conservancy's projects. At the beginning of the year we will be most active in the Stewardship arena. For information on how you might participate visit the project's Community Involvement page. In the Spring there will be a need for assistance with Shoreline Care as well. Meanwhile contact information and details of specific volunteer activities are to be found here