Pipelines, Power & Democracy Movie Night: Fri Oct 28 Ag Hall 7:30pm
Jointly sponsored by the Conservancy and the Mayne Island Library - The expansion of Canada’s oil sands industry, one of the most polluting on the planet, represents a huge environmental challenge. And, as the documentary Pipelines, Power and Democracy makes clear, when it comes to fossil fuels, political power doesn’t always lie where we think it does. More info here.Christmas Bird Count - Saturday December 17th
Information on how to participate in this year's Bird Count is on our Birding page. This fun and healthy event has been happening on Mayne Island for the last 40 years. Novice "counters" are welcome!Moss Identification - November 26th, 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Workshop with Dr. Terry McIntosh will be a two part exercise - workshop at the MICS office and an afternoon field trip. Lunch is included . More on our Talks & Walks page. Advance reservations needed due to limited spaceCommunity Oil Spill Response Forum - November 5th, 1:00 pm - 4:15 pm
We be will hosting a workshop at the Ag Hall concerning planning for oil spill response in local waters. Representatives of the West Coast Marine Response Corporation will be in attendance. For more information and agenda timing click here.Mushroom Day - Sunday October 30th, 2016 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Stephanie Hurst will lead this year's "mushroom workshop" in the Ag Hall. Come for an entertaining talk on all things fungal and bring any mysteries in for an ID session - more here.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.Photo Contest 2016
The 2016 Photo Nature Contest is now closed and the winners announced. Thanks to all our entrants and the judges for a job well done. Go to the Results page for links to the images that will appear in the 2017 Nature Calendar, now in preparation.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 hereWelcome to the Conservancy's 2016 Ecosystems Interns
In the second week of May Stephanie Hurst and Grayson Mortimer joined our staff to help move our projects forward during the summer months. They will be much in evidence at our volunteer work parties at Henderson Hill Community Park, and Bennett Bay as well as on the Farmers Market days and other MICS events. We are delighted to have Stephanie and Grayson with us until the beginning of September. There is more about them on the Board and Staff pageEndowment Fund
MICS is pleased to announce our 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 is pleased to announce that it 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.
Canadas 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 lands 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