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

Interpretive Nature Walk at Cotton Park

This walk jointly organised with the Mayne Island Parks and Recreation Commission is set for Saturday May 13th at 10:00 - meet at the foot of Cotton Road. Learn about the generous legacy of natural history that Fred and Bette Cotton have donated to our community.

2017 Spring Newsletter

Our Spring 2017 Newsletter will soon be 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! For a preview go to our News & Links menu where you will also find newsletters and updates from previous seasons.

The Miraculous Seed

Learn the simple secrets to successfully starting vegetable seedlings and save your own seeds in this entertaining fundraiser for St. John Point. Linda Beer presents this educational all day seminar at the Ag Hall on Saturday April 29th, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm - More info here

Annual General Meeting

Saturday, April 29 2017 3:30 pm at the Ag Hall. An amendment to the Society?s Constitution & Bylaws will be presented for approval, elections & reports. Current members may vote and attendees can join or renew their memberships until the call to order - more at our AGM page

Beach Clean up

The 2017 Mayne Island annual beach cleanup, an event sponsored by the Recycling Society and the Conservancy, will be returning to a beach near you on Sunday April 30th, at 1pm. Follow this link to sign up for your favourite beach or cove or to find out where your help is most needed.

Suppers & Soirées for St. John Point - New Dates & Flavours! 

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!

Artists on the Point

On May 6-7 and again on May 13-14 creative people of all disciplines are invited to spend some rich inspirational time on St. John Point. A guided walk will be offered at the beginning of each day to introduce you to the Point. Works sparked by the Point can be donated to the live auction/fundraiser to be held at the Ag Hall the weekend of July 28-29. Get the full story 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.

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 will be reported here.

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 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

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