Mayne Island Conservancy Society


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 (, or pop by our office at 478 Village Bay Rd.

News and Announcements from The Conservancy

Fundraiser for "Save St. John Point" Friday Oct. 20th, 8:00 pm Onward

The Point-alists are ...
Three Singer Songwriters who are making a point of supporting a St John Point Fundraising Project!

Originals by Gail Noonan, Lou Keating, and Bill Bender, with James on Heshedahl rhythm guitar, Al Barber Lead Guitar, and Toby Snelgrove Bass
Come for dinner or come for a drink ? but do come and enjoy the music and make a donation to the fund to acquire St. John Point.

Thank You Local Businesses!

Many local businesses are contributing to the Save St. John Point Campaign. Look for the Certificates of Appreciation that they are displaying, and please let them know how much you appreciate their support for conservation. Some have been collecting over the past 6 months, and others have recently been very generous. Many thanks to you all.

"Save St. John Point" Update

We are entering the last push of the Save St. John Point campaign, and we're pleased to launch another beautiful video. This one is a real community effort. Talented videographer Trevor Meyer filmed, directed and produced the video with the generous support of sponsor Blayne Johnson. As for the people in the video, well, you might just see a few familiar faces. Please share it far and wide! Watch it here

The Conservancy's You Tube Channel

All the videos made over recent years about our programs and projects can now be found all in one place - the You Tube icon in the top right hand corner of every major page takes you there. Learn about Eelgrass, Kelp Surveys, our work on Henderson Hill and other topics - go here!

Astrid's Feasts are Back! 

More Astrid's Feasts! On the first Saturdays each month this fall, starting on October 7th, Astrid Bellem will again offer her wonderful dinners at Tim Hurley's lovely home as fund raisers for St John Point. The food will be Italian on October 7th, Mexican on November 4th and Indonesian on December 2nd. Appetizers will be at 6:30, followed by dinner at 7:30. For reservations, contact Astrid at 1-778-967-2558.

2017 Bat Survey on Roost

The Conservancy's second annual Community Bat Program has increased in size with several important milestones including: a celebrated Community Bat presentation by HAT wildlife biologists, 13 bat surveys across Mayne Island, and over 100 bat sightings. More here.

Priority Ecosystems Restoration Project

2017 sees the ramping up of our priority ecosystems project as a result of funding from Environment Canada's Ecoaction Program, the Victoria Foundation, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, The Province of British Columbia, and the Mayne Island Parks and Recreation Commission; we are most grateful for their support. Briefly the project will contribute to the long term conservation of four designated Sensitive Ecosystems on Mayne Island - Woodland, Herbaceous, Cliff, and Mature Forest. A fuller description of the project and ongoing notes about developments visit our Priority Ecosystems page.

Book "Walkabouts with the Conservancy" for 2017  

The Mayne Island Conservancy continues to offer free walkabouts - a source of 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, 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.

Conservation Action

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.

Schools Program

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 program:

Edith Point - Photo: Rob Underhill
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 page. 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 page.

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 2017 we are pleased to welcome Abbie Sherwood and Izaiah Sheerin as our multi-talented summer interns.

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

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