The Mayne Island Conservancy Society fosters harmony between nature and community on Mayne Island BC.
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!
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.
The Shoreline Care Program began in 2009 to raise awareness about the marine life that surrounds Mayne Island.
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 (email@example.com), or pop by our office at 478 Village Bay Rd.
News and Announcements from The Conservancy
Spring Newsletter Published
Our Spring Newsletter has been mailed to our members and friends for whom we have physical addresses and followed by an email release to others. In this issue's seven pages you will find, among others, articles about our newly established Endowment Fund, our partnership with the American Friends of Canadian Land Trusts, a Mayne Island example of evolution in action as well as stories about Volunteerism, Saving the Salish Sea and a report on Gulf Islands Conservation Convention 2016. The .pdf document is posted here.
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.
Summer Beach Walks
Our Ecosystem Interns, Stephanie & Grayson will lead a series of interpretive walks in Miner’s Bay on a number of Saturdays throughout the Summer. We will explore the weird and wonderful world of the inter-tidal zone, examining the organisms that live in this area and their adaptations to life in this extreme environment. For more details (and a cute story about hermit crabs!) go to our Talks and Walks page.
Native Plant Demonstration Garden
The Native Plant garden in front of our "Root Seller" office is now essentially complete - we now go into maintenance mode while Nature does her work. More species will be set out in the Fall - we look forward to a really colourful display in the Spring of 2017. For info and a photo-essay covering the construction visit our native plant propagation page
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 here
Welcome 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 page
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..
2016 Nature Photo Contest
Calling all camera owners. We are looking for your Mayne Island nature photos for our contest. Send us your photos by August 21st, 2016; the winners will end up in our 2017 Nature Photo Calendar! More on our contest page
Volunteers at Bennett Bay on March 21st
Our Facebook post: Thank you to everyone who helped out with the shoreline erosion prevention project at Bennett Bay yesterday. It's amazing what 21 people can accomplish together in a few short hours!
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.
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 2015
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
, 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
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.
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
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
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
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 2016 we are pleased to welcome Stephanie Hurst and Grayson Mortimer 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