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

Presentation: Southern Resident Killer Whales

On Saturday, Aug. 26th in the Agricultural Hall at 7:30, Dr. Lauren McWhinnie, from UVic and the Saturna Island Marine Research and Education Society, will present an illustrated talk about our endangered resident killer whale population.

The Perseid Meteor Shower 

Join us at the Dinner Bay Pavilion at 8:00 to listen to Scott Mair from the Royal Astronomical Society describe the heavenly theatrics which we will expect to see later in the evening. Then we will move out into the Park to watch the meteor shower itself. Bring a blanket and binoculars, or a telescope if you have one. More about Scott here. Please note the early evening venue represents a change from what was originally advertised - don't head to the Ag Hall!

Hat Tip to the Mayne Island Brewery 

As more Mayne Island businesses get behind our push to ensure that St. John Point can be acquired for the enjoyment of future generations, it is noteworthy that Annette Witteman and Michael Garrett have dedicated the proceeds of their "tip jar" at the Brewery to the campaign since very early in 2017. The Conservancy is very grateful for this gesture and the generosity of their customers!

Tru Value Community Spirit for St. John Point 

The "New Kid on the Block" on the Community Spirit roster at the Tru Value grocery store is the "Save St. John Point" campaign - you can contribute by calling out "58" at the till - those who habitually name the Conservancy ("52") as benficiary could do fifty-eight for a while! .. and "Thank you!!"

"Save St. John Point" Update

We are in our final push to have St. John Point taken off the open market. We are close: together, our community has raised $1.75 million. Just $250,000 more will take the property off the market and allow us to raise the remaining funds - from government, private foundations and private citizens - to purchase the property before the end of 2017. More here...

Artists on the Point 

What a wonderful celebration we had on the evening of Saturday, July 29! The Ag Hall was packed, the air was buzzing, the work of over thirty artists was gathering silent bids. We are truly grateful for the support of all who came out that night, and especially for the generous donations of time from the performers, the bouquets from the gardeners, and most of all for all the beautiful work given by the artists. Altogether the auction brought in $14,335, plus some significant pledges and donations. Way to go, everybody!

Guided Walks on St. John Point are Back! 

Sundays August 5th and 19th are the dates for the next scheduled walks. Places are limited so you must book ahead or register with the Conservancy table at the Saturday Farmers Market. For information and cautions about these walks please refer to the "SJP" web page

Nature Photo Contest Launched

The 4th Annual Nature Photo Contest is under way. Winners will be published in the 2018 edition of the Nature Calendar. All about this contest, the rules and the judges, see our Facebook page, posters up around the island or here. Good luck Contestants!

New Faces at the Conservancy

We welcome two summer students at the beginning of May - Abbie and Izaiah will be with us until the end of August, getting involved with all the things we do. Meet them at the Farmers Market, at our restoration events or out on St. John Point. More on their stories on our Board & Staff page

Do We Know Where Our Bats Are?

Over last Summer we made small beginnings with a project that monitors the local bat population, colony by colony. This is part of a province-wide effort to evaluate emerging threats to bat populations. Descriptions of our efforts in this direction were reported here.

May Day Happened with Madness & Magic 

2017's May Day was a great success as, thanks to Ron Willick, the weather was perfect and there were crowds of people at the first Farmers Market of the year. Our volunteers worked tirelessly to make this event a popular triumph whether helping with mask making, wand and garland making or selling raffle tickets. We thank them on our May Day page and see Maggi Cheetham's full commentary on our May Day page - it will also likely appear in a later edition of the Mayneliner.

2017 Spring Newsletter

Our Spring 2017 Newsletter has been delivered to Members and others whose addresses we have on file. This Newsletter is in a new format with, we think, a very attractive use of colour with informative stories about island life, both wild and domestic! Read it online by going to our News & Links menu where you will also find newsletters and updates from previous seasons or click 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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