Mayne Island Conservancy Society

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  • Georgina Point Lighthouse Mission Statement
    The Mayne Island Conservancy Society fosters harmony between nature and community on Mayne Island BC.
  • View from Halliday Ridge 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!
  • May Day Celebrations on Mayne 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.
     
  • Volunteers count eelgrass shoots in a transect square Shoreline Care
    The Shoreline Care Program began in 2009 to raise awareness about the marine life that surrounds Mayne Island.
  • A Volunteer removes Scotch Broom on Henderson Hill Community Park 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 (info@conservancyonmayne.com), or pop by our office at 478 Village Bay Rd.

News and Announcements from The Conservancy


Welcome Carly Palmer!  

Carly is our 2015 Summer Student who joined us the second week of May (brief bio here) and she is already happily in the thick of things (pictured on the right) She led a restoration event on Henderson Hill on May 14th and future opportunities to rid the park of invasive species will be advertised here.

Oceans Day 2015  

On Saturday June 6th Carly Palmer will lead an interpretive walk in Minerís Bay to mark World Oceans Day. We will take advantage of the low tide to explore the weird and wonderful world of the intertidal zone. Focus will be on the animals that live in this area and their adaptations to life in this extreme environment. Bring suitable footwear (boots or sturdy shoes that can get wet) and your sense of curiosity! Meet outside Tru Value at 1:30


Volunteer Opportunities  

Go to our Volunteer page for full details of the opportunities to assist the Conservancy in the hills, on the shoreline and in the near shore waters. Your help is needed with restoration activities, welcome too on May Day (more below!) and at the Farmers Markets as well as in kayaks (or not!) while we map kelp and monitor our eelgass meadows. Volunteers are very much appreciated and the assistance is valued.


Wetlands Report Completed  

Our Wetland Mapping and Restoration Pilot Project is now complete and a final report has been written - click the cover image to the right to read the illustrated full report in .pdf format.




Photo Contest for 2015

The Nature Photo Contest is back for 2015 after a very successful debut year in 2014. Read all about the categories, rules and closing date here. Winning entries will be published in our 2016 calendar.


Native Plant Prices & Availability

Considering a large project in your garden for later this year? Tell us what you need in the way of native plants and the Conservancy's Native Plant Nursery could "grow to order." For small quantities buy early - last year's experience suggests we may sell out before the planting season is over!


Coming up This Month  

The Conservancy's 10th Annual May Day Celebrations take place on Saturday 16th of May - right after the Farmers Market. Event planning in full swing but volunteers still needed on the day - details on our May Day page.

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 or later. Materials have been purchased and installation of substrate was completed before the turn of the year - more: the project gets under way here

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 biologist@conservancyonmayne.com, 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 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

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