Spring Plant Sale - Saturday, April 22nd 10:00 am - 2:00 pm on the Ag Hall Grounds
Spring is finally arriving in the native plant nursery. Most species are just waking up, while some such as camas and Indian plum show up as bursts of spring green. The lazy bones red-osier dogwood and big-leaf maple slumber on. Latest pictures from our Native Plant Nursery are posted on our Facebook page
For more on the Conservancy's Nursery please click hereAnnouncing Our Community Survey - The Conservancy Needs Your Feedback
MICS is growing, and we'd like your input. Please take a minute to answer a dozen or so questions about our programs, communications, and future direction. Please click here to go to our survey page. We really appreciate your input and we'll share the community's insights with you when the results are available.Silent Auction for St. John Point
Many thanks are due to Alvan Maxwell and friends for organizing a marine themed auction of donated items, the entire proceeds of which benefited "Save St. John Point." Bidding is now closed and seven buyers have their marine treasures! So also thanks to both the donors and the successful bidders. The campaign is $1,575 closer to its target.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.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.
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.
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.Endowment 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..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