Suppers & Soirées for St. John Point
Astrid Bellem of Astrid’s Kitchen and others are hosting a series of community feasts to help raise funds for the Mayne Island Conservancy's Save St. John Point Campaign. Many thanks to those involved in this wonderful community initiative! Dates, times, venue and menus are posted here as well as the number to call to make your reservation - seating limited!Festival Active Pass will be hosted on Mayne Island in 2017!
The third annual Festival Active Pass 2017 will be held on Mayne Island April 21 to 23, 2017 and planning is well underway. There will be something for everyone – from free events to special excursions that will take festival goers to memorable places in the Southern Gulf Islands. More about this year's Festival please click hereGuided Walks on St. John Point
Response to the Save St. John Point campaign has been excellent—particularly from the Mayne Island community. And while some of us are familiar with the beautiful and nearly-wild peninsula, many others have requested a chance to walk the point, see the beauty of its shores and forests, and get to know the precious natural and cultural resource that we are working to conserve forever.
To that end, Mayne Island Conservancy Society has been granted permission from the property owners to lead guided walks on Sunday mornings - just a few things to note:
- Access to the property is through these guided walks only. The land remains privately owned, and as good neighbours we intend to respect the owners’ wishes.
- Mayne Island Conservancy has secured a special extension on our insurance to cover group visits within these parameters only.
- Group size is limited. In order to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for all, we are limiting each group to 16 participants. Please RSVP in advance using the link below.
- Visits are free of charge; we will be asking for a donation to cover the cost of the bus service.
- There is no parking at St. John Point. Guided walks will meet at the Mayne Island Conservancy Society Office in Miners Bay, and proceed by bus from there.
Saturday Jan 21st in the Ag Hall at 1:00 pm - Get some tips and learn skills needed for taking amazing nature photos from Toby Snelgrove, Don Enright and Rob Underhill. All experience and equipment levels welcome! More here
St. John Point
The Board of Directors of MICS have been working diligently over that last few months to prepare for the major announcement that the Conservancy, the Mayne Island Community and environmental groups and individuals across BC and the country have an opportunity to Save St. John Point for public use. On Saturday Deceber 3rd a very enthusiastic crowd of 75 or so Islanders & Visitors welcomed the news and many promised to support our fund raising efforts over the next few months - at the right Sandy Tassel representing American Friends of Canadian Land Trusts talks to the group about the opportunity.
2017 Nature Photo Calendar now On Sale
2016's Photo Contest winners - your work is now on public display and raising funds for the Conservancy. We thank you for your skill, dedication and patience! For everyone - the 2017 Nature Photo Calendars have been printed and are waiting to come home with you today! They are $15 each and will be on the shelf at Mayne Island Home Hardware on Tuesday (Nov. 1st), and Tree Frog Gallery, and Miners Bay Books on Thursday (Nov. 3rd). We will also have them at the office, just make sure to give us a call (250-539-5168) to make sure that we're here before you come.Do We Know Where Our Bats Are?
Over the Summer we have 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 will be reported here.Eelgrass & Henderson Park videos
One small part of Grayson Mortimer's Summer Intern tasks was to create updated information videos for the Conservancy. This work is now done and we are very pleased with the results which are now posted on our You Tube channel - one documenting the Eelgrass Monitoring Project and the other carrying a description of the progress achieved on Henderson Hill. Do check them out.Remote Sensing Lab Studies
Eelgrass studies undertaken by the Spectral Remote Sensing Lab at UVic are ongoing using High Angle UAV's. Surveys are taking place on Mayne Island at the end of June 2016. Our Facebook page has the story and results can be found on the UVic project page as they become available.The University of Victoria Kelp Study
A paper entitled "Spatial temporal extent of bull kelp..floating canopies.." on the west coast carried out at UVic has been published. It is worth noting that the Conservancy's annual kelp surveys have been used in ground-truthing the results of satellite based photography. Needless to say we are delighted that our work continues to be useful in so many ways. Find a link to the study hereEndowment Fund
MICS is pleased to announce the creation of an endowment fund, managed by the Victoria Foundation. This registered charity accepts donations and bequests that donors can direct to support a specific charity - like MICS - with a permanent, secure, income-generating endowment. ..more..Ecological Gifts Certification
The Mayne Island Conservancy has been approved as an eligible recipient of Environment Canada's Ecological Gifts. The approval process has been quite rigorous and its successful conclusion speaks to the stability and capabilities of our organization.
Canada's Ecological Gifts Program (EGP) provides a way for Canadians who own ecologically sensitive land to protect nature and leave a legacy for future generations. Made possible by the provisions of the Income Tax Act of Canada,the program offers significant tax benefits to landowners who donate land, or an eligible interest or right in land, to a qualified recipient. Outside the Province of Quebec, eligible interests in land are constituted of covenants or conservation easements and can be donated to the program. The eligible right in land considered by the EGP for a donation in the Province of Quebec is a real servitude. Recipients ensure that the land's biodiversity and environmental heritage are conserved in perpetuity.More about this program may be found on Environment Canada's web site
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.
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