2014 Beach Clean-upThe Recycling Depot was open from 12:00 - 1:30 pm for Beach Clean-up only. Statistics were carefully recorded, beach by beach by Ann Johnston who has been doing this for so long she has elevated the science behind these numbers into an art form. For the first time Ann had an understudy & deputy in Vicki Turay, who will be able to take the lead in this position in future years. As always, Michael Dunn took on the role of "tallyman" weighing-in and classifying the hauls as they arrived from the various beaches, coves and bays. Grant Buday appeased the recycling gods by putting the co-sponsoring M.I. Recycling Society's seal of approval on the proceedings, as well as working very hard to organize the piles of stuff for easy onward shipment.
|Plastics||301 lb||[137 kg]|
|Wood + Styrofoam, metal||274|||
|Tire & Styrofoam floats||143|||
|Fabric with metal & foam||44|||
|Plastic & Styrofoam||28|||
|Plastic & metal||17|||
|Crab trap floats||17|||
|Aluminum (returnable cans)||12|||
|Total||1,703 lb||[772 kg]|
Curiosities and Interesting items:
- Art Deco angel with chimes
- 14 single shoes, 12 from Gallagher Bay
- 2 hard hats
- 9 chairs
- a gaff
- dinghy and inflatable boat from Village Bay
- 12 ft hinged door or lid weighing 230 lb from Lighthouse Point
On Wednesday 23rd April the Mayne School turned out en masse to clean up Miners Bay and this is what they pulled off the shore (N.B. These figures are already inclded in the totals in the accounting for the full clean up as shown in the table above):
2013 Beach Clean-up
First a story and photo from Ellen Visser
The freezer (in the bottom of the trailer under the boat) was stranded on Georgeson Island for a couple of years and floated off last year some time. We needed quite a few of us to haul it from where the big arbutus fell in the water (near the oyster beds) to the beach access. Mike had a dolly which helped. The old boat had been laying at the Brick dock for years slowly disintegrating. The couch was offered for "free" along Fernhill road near Home hardware and rained on twice after which it was dumped at the Brick dock too. Great haul this year for 6 of us only.
Beach Clean-up Day on Mayne is co-sponsored by the Recycling Society and MICS
And This is How the Whole Affair unfolded on April 14, 2013
Mayne Islands’s annual Beach Clean-up is usually scheduled to coincide with Earth Day on April 22nd. Because we require a low tide on a Sunday for this event, it had to be moved forward to the afternoon of April 14th. But the sun did come out to help!
The amount of debris collected was up considerably compared with that found last year. The number of volunteers decreased to only 67 from a high of over 90 last year. On Monday, 6 adults and some 25 kids from the School hit Miners Bay beach, giving us a total of 98 volunteers.
Congratulations to all—especially the 10 Beach Captains!
Their teams cleaned up 16 or more of our beaches, removing 2634 pounds [1195 kilograms] of debris, compared with 1461 pounds [663 kg] last year—an 80% increase over the 2012 haul. Each year this fluctuation raises interesting questions. Six beaches had considerably lower hauls than last year. But some had much higher—usually based on specific items reported below. We were on the alert for any debris that might have come from Japan—but found none. Although all materials were weighed, the category numbers must be considered estimates as much material was co-mingled. Kilograms are shown below in [brackets]. See below to compare with last year's figures!
|Rope & Carpeting||30˝||14|
|Fibreglass, & w. wood||293||133|
|Metals w. plastic, wood & concrete||44||20|
|Metals w. rope||22||10|
|Tire w. chain||250||113|
|Wood, & w. plastic||326˝||148|
|Complete couch—left on roadside||94||43|
|Miscel. w. glass & beverage containers||11˝||5|
|Asbestos board & running shoes||8.5||4|
The “champion” junk beach this year was again Bennett Bay where 911 pounds were collected by only seven volunteers. Give them a cheer!
|Beach Location||2013 Lbs||2013 Kgs||2012 Lbs||2012 Kgs||Captain|
|Bennett Bay||911||413||369˝||168||Mike Nadeau|
|Piggott/Gallagher Bays||551˝||250||207||94||Kim Harris|
|David Cove/Oyster/Reef Bays||451˝||205||96||44||Leanna Boyer|
|Edith Point||286||130||104.5||44||Peter Askin|
|Kadanaga Bay||202˝||92||266||121||Marian McLean|
|Campbell Bay||108||49||94||121||Lael Whitehead|
|Lighthouse Pt/Maude Bay||53˝||24||80||36||Len Epp|
|Village Bay||30||14||75||41||Helen O`Brian|
|Miners Bay||28˝||13||75||34||Jessica Willows, School|
|Horton Bay/Potato Point||20||9||37˝||17||Susan Duncan|
Most of our beaches are becoming cleaner each year. This is great news! Bennett Bay’s enormous score included a complete freezer with compressor (260.5 lb), many parts of a boat made of wood and fiberglass (189 lb) and a complete couch left out on the road-side (94 lb). The latter is totally illegal and is subject to a $2000 littering fine. At Piggott/Gallagher Bays, a hot tub cover (115 lb), a fiberglass boat (110 lb) and a dock float (60 lb) were found. At Oyster Bay there was an almost intact plastic canoe (36 lb) and a mooring tire with a long length of heavy metal cable attached (250 lb). Our special thanks to Rick Staehling for redesigning our posters and to Grant Buday for volunteering to open and man the Recycling Depot on a Sunday. Our thanks also go to the Capital Regional District for financial help with the expenses for our annual Clean-up.
This annual event was sponsored by the Mayne Island Recycling Society and the Mayne Island Conservancy Society. We have been fortunate to have had Michael Dunn to do the weigh-in for these events that go back to 1992. Sue Miyazaki again was a great help in managing traffic and the sorting of debris as it came in. We want to thank all the volunteers who helped on April 14th and the school gang who cleaned up Miners bay beach on April 15th. And, most especially, Mayne Islanders thank all of you who ‘clean-up’ each time you use our beautiful beaches.
Earth Day Beach Clean-up – April 22, 2012
Debris was down this year but the number of volunteers increased with 113 turning out at low tide on a sunny Sunday afternoon and 4 adults and 32 kids hitting the Miners Bay beach on Monday for at total of 149 volunteers.
Congratulation to all—especially the 11 Beach Captains!
They cleaned up 16 or more of our beaches, removing 1460.5 pounds [662.5 kg] of debris, compared with 2,915 pounds last year—about 50% of the 2011 haul. This raises an interesting question: Are beach users and boaters being more careful? Did the big storm that we had in March clean our beaches, taking debris back out to sea? Or…?
Although all materials were weighed, the category numbers must be considered estimates as much material was co-mingled.
|Plastic-inc. PVC, vinyl, etc.||97.5||44.2|
|Mixed-inc. bags, netting, cases||303||137.4|
|Styrofoam & fiberglass||181||82.1|
|Astroturf & foam rubber||16||7.3|
|Metals—ferrous, & w. fabric||281.5||127.7|
|aluminum, & w. plastic||16||7.3|
|copper & lead||4||1.8|
|Wood-dimension lumber, plywood||55||24.9|
|w. fibre, w. fiberglass, w. metal||63||28.6|
|4 Tires, 2 w. Styrofoam||109||49.4|
|Other, incl Beverage Containers||3||1.4|
The “champion” junk beach this year was Bennett Bay where 369.5 pounds were collected.
|Location||2012 lbs||2012 kgs||2011 lbs||Captain|
|Bennett Bay||369.5||168||135||Eden Evans|
|Kadonaga Bay||266||121||220||Marian McLean|
|Piggott /Gallagher Bays||207||94||139||Jim Marsh|
|Edith Point*||104.5||47||?||Peter Askin|
|David Cove/Oyster/Reef Bays||96||44||93||Martin Broad|
|Campbell Bay*||94||43||?||Al Maxwell|
|Village Bay||90||41||72||Helen O`Brian|
|Lighthouse Pt/Maude Bay||80||36||49||Len Epp|
|Miners Bay||75||34||113||Michael Dunn, School|
|Horton Bay||37.5||17||290||Susan Duncan|
|Brigs Bay||37||17||48||Jeanine Dodds|
* Edith Point and Campbell Bay were combined last year for a total haul of 166 kg, compared with a combined 90 kg in 2012.
Some of the interesting changes this year include: many fewer plastic crab trap buoys and tire buoys (49.4 kg in 2012 compared with 146.1 kg in 2011) and only 1 boat hulk. We also retrieved two single tennis shoes and a clog (no feet!) and a child’s swimming suit; a basket ball and a tennis ball; and a toy truck—intact but with a cracked windscreen. Our special thanks to Bette Hawes for redesigning our posters and to Grant Buday and Ron Willick for volunteering to open and man the Recycling Depot on a Sunday. Michael Dunn conducted the ‘weigh-in’, as he has done since we started these events in 1992. Sue Miyazaki was a great help as a second recorder.
Thanks to the Capital Regional District for financial help with the expenses for this year’s Clean-up. This annual event was sponsored by the Mayne Island Conservancy Society and the Mayne Island Recycling Society with support from the Association of Mayne Island Boaters, the School and all the volunteers who helped on April 22nd and April 23rd. Most especially—thanks from all of us to all of you who ‘clean-up’ each time you use our beautiful beaches.
Wow!! We did it again! More debris, more crab floats and more 'interesting treasures'!
135 volunteers turned out: 40 school kids with 9 staff and parents on Thursday to clean up Miners Bay, and 86 other community members 'crewed' 15 or more of our other beaches on Sunday.
Congratulations to all-especially the 10 Beach Captains! And the sun shone! Our total haul was 2,915 pounds or 1322 kilograms. Although materials were all weighed, the category numbers must be considered estimates as much material was co-mingled. The comparative total figures from 2010 were 2,594 lb or1177 kg.
This debris was collected from the same beaches that we cleaned last year with the added haul from Brigs Bay. What a lot wahes up in 12 months!
|MATERIAL||2011 Lbs/Kgs||2010 Lbs/Kgs||MATERIAL||2011 Lbs/Kgs||2010 Lbs/Kgs|
|Plastics (& some nylon)||709 / 321.8||737.5 / 335.2||Chain-ferrous||82 / 37.2||25 / 11.4|
|Metal-ferrous||527.5 / 239.3||422 / 191.8||Outboard Motor||71 / 32.2|
|Tires (some buoys with Styrofoam)||322 / 146.1||483 / 291.6||Lead Acid Battery||45 /20.4|
|Styrofoam/fiberglass||226 / 102.5||263.5 / 119.8||Metal-Aluminum, Copper||18.5 / 8.4|
|Rope||175/79.4||127 / 57.7||Fabrics||12 / 5.4||35 / 15.9|
|Wood||158/71.7||107 / 48.6||Glass||11.5 / 5.2||28.5 / 13.0|
|Styrofoam/plastic mixed||143 / 64.9||53 / 24.1||Fibre||7 / 3.2|
|Wood/metal/fibre/tires||87 / 39.5||36 / 16.4||Boot & Running Shoes||4.5 / 2.0||3 / 1.4|
|Firehose||22 / 10||Miscellaneous Garbage||316.5 / 143.6||96.5 / 43.9|
The junk "champion" beach award goes to Horton Bay whose cleaners dragged in 155.5 pounds of metal, among much else. They dredged themselves up from fifth place last year!
|LOCATION||2011 Lbs/Kgs||2010 Lbs/Kgs||CAPTAIN|
|Horton Bay||639.5 / 290.3||237 / 108||Barbara McIntyre|
|Kadonaga Bay||485 / 220.0||339.5/154.0||Marian McLean|
|Edith Point/Campbell Bay||366 / 166.1||528 / 240||Peter Askin & Al Maxwell|
|Piggott Bay/Gallagher Bay||303.5 / 138.8||478.5 / 201.8||Kim Harris|
|Bennett Bay||298 / 135.2||329.5 / 149||Eden Evans|
|Miners Bay||249 / 112.9||150 / 68||Jess Willows|
|David Cove/Reef Bay/Oyster Bay||203.5 / 92.5||246.5/112.05||Larry Barker|
|Village Bay||158.5 / 72.1||38 / 17||Bette Hawes|
|Maude Bay/Lighthouse Pt||106.5 / 48.5||147 / 67||Sue Miyazaki|
|Brigs Bay||106 / 48.1||Jeanine Dodds|
|TOTALS||2,915.5 / 1,322||2,594 / 1177|
The most interesting 'treasures' that we caught this year were:
- 222 lb of fish farm piping & 82 lb of heavy chain from Horton Bay
- parts of a boat from Katanaga Bay
- a water barrel and a basket ball from Edith Point/Campbell Bay
- most of a boat, a truck bumper and an umbrella from Piggott Bay
- most of a go-cart from David Cove
- and a pair of newish tennis shoes with a poem attached from Lighthouse Park!
"If I were to soar up into the sky…
"Then would you kindly teach me how to fly?
"Once I reach the moon…
"Does it taste like cheese?
"To who (sic) receives these shoes…
" The author who wrote the poem above HATES these shoes with a firey (sic) passion.
"…So I have given her my shoes to throw off a ferry
"… and now they have found their way to you. Treat them well…"
They must have been having fun! The shoes now have a new home.
Our greatest concerns relate to the ever increasing numbers of crab trap floats; there were dozens and they came from most Bays. But, fortunately, the number of tire/styrofoam buoys was down.
Sue & Bette about to scour Village Bay
- Terrill Welch
Our special thanks to
- Grant Buday for volunteering to open and man the Recycling Depot.
- Michael Dunn who conducted the 'weigh-in', as he has done since we started these events in 1992.
- Ann Johnston our intrepid recorder who coralled all the facts and figures shown above
- The Capital Regional District for financial help with the expenses for this year's Clean-up.
....and, as always, thanks from all of us to those who 'clean-up' each time they use our beautiful beaches!
Bette Hawes and Sue Everts, gloved and booted, stand ready to do a number on Village Bay in Terrill Welch's photo at the right; for more pictures of "Earth Week" Events, including Beach Clean-up, please visit our Gallery pages
A story about the 2010 Beach Clean Up is archived here
You can find many more photographs from Earth Day 2010 clean up Gallery pages. If any one, (cleaner-up or passer-by) has more pictures (candid or posed) of the 2011 event do send them to the Webmaster so that they can be displayed on this page or in a section of our Gallery. Appropriate credit will be given!
Beach Cleanup 2010
During Earth Week MICS & MIRS, with the assistance of AMIB, co-sponsored Beach Clean-up; and Kids got a chance to help on their own day - thanks to Jess Willows and the School!
Meantime thanks to all beach captains and a super band of volunteers!
Congratulations to all! We had about 140 volunteers turn out for this Clean-up which included all 35 kids plus 8 staff from the School. They cleaned Miners Bay beach on Earth Day, April 22nd.
We had 97 volunteers out on Sunday this year compared to 63 last year. Congratulation to all-especially the Beach Captains! And thank goodness the weather cooperated!
Our total haul was 2,594 pounds or 1177 kg. Although materials were all weighed, the numbers must be considered close estimates. This debris was collected from the same 14 beaches that we cleaned last year.
The junk "championship" goes to Edith Point/Campbell Bay team who brought their junk in three truck loads, some of which were co-mingled. We were able to assign numbers to each of the other beaches even though they may have had a combined team working on more than one beach.
|LOCATION||2010 Lbs/Kg||2009 Lbs||CAPTAIN|
|Kadonaga Bay||339½ / 154||524||Marian McLean|
|Edith Point/Campbell Bay||528 / 240||288||Peter Askin & Al Maxwell|
|Piggott Bay||339½ / 154 (a tie)||302||Kim Harris|
|Gallagher Bay||139 / 63||Kim Harris|
|Bennett Bay||329½ / 149||371||Eden Evans|
|Horton Bay||237 / 108||304||Barbara McIntyre|
|Miners Bay||150 / 68||127||Jess Willows|
|David Cove||203 / 92||225||Larry Barker|
|Maude Bay/Lighthouse Pt||147 / 67||Sue Miyazaki|
|Reef Bay/Oyster Bay||143½||Larry Barker|
|Village Bay||38 / 17||144||Bette Hawes|
|TOTALS||2,594 / 1,177||2,285|
|MATERIAL||2010 Lbs||2009 Lbs||MATERIAL||2010 Lbs||2009 Lbs|
|Tires [some rims and/or as buoys]||483||255||Misc. Garbage||46½||734|
|Mixed foam & plastic||180||Fire hose||22|
|Wood||107||85||Glass, porcelain. tiles||28½||43|
|Rope, fish netting||127||194||Rubber boots||3|
|Surf board pieces||53||Corrugated cardboard||2½|
The most interesting 'treasures' that we caught this year were:
- 1 medicine ball
- 1 surf board-in three pieces
- 3 car bumpers-from different 'cars'
- 1 more or less intact 5 ft bench seat
- a length of fire hose
- 7 crab trap buoys
- 5 boat buoys-tires with styrofoam
- 3 jerry cans
Our thanks to Grant Buday for volunteering to open and man the Recycling Depot. And, most especially, to Bette Hawes for organizing the event this year. Thank you too to Michael Dunn, in charge of the weigh-in and particularly to our unflappable tally person Ann Johnston, whose report this is!
Here's What We Did
- EVENTS AT THE FARMERS’ MARKET
- 1:00pm Trumpet player, Morris Dancers x 2 groups, Pole Bearers swearing-in and general Mayhem
- 1:30pm Noisy Procession taking the May Pole to Miners Bay Park accompanied by the Green Man, the May Queen and fairies, drummers, and the rest of us
- EVENTS AT MINERS BAY PARK
- 1:45pm Pole laid down to rest on bed of ferns behind the labyrinth
- 1:50pm Coronation (in the middle of the labyrinth) of this year’s May Queen. Speeches by Green Man and new May Queen
- May Pole
- 2:15pm May Pole erected accompanied by song: Hal-an-toe
- 2:20pm Kids’ dance and chant for May Day
- 2:30pm Dance of our lovely May Maidens around the pole
- 2:40 pm Community Dance everyone welcome
- Games Area, Labyrinth & Gazebo
- 2:50pm Kids’ refreshment & Raffle draw
- 3:00pm Adult’s refreshments entertained by Country Dancers – maybe!
- kids’ games and Races
- 3:15pm Morris Dancers
And Here's Maggi Cheethams's Report
Saturday May 19th was a great day for the Conserevancy's May Day event. Thanks to Ron Willick, the weather was wonderful and that brought everyone out to our first Farmers’ Market where the event began. Thank you to ALL the folks at the market especially Richard D’Armond for helping us make this as festive as possible. At our MICS’ table we had face painting, garland making and magic mini May poles to create: a very busy & colourful time.
At 1:00pm our very own Mistress of Mischief, Michelle Footz, blew her trumpet and the madness began with the Quicks Bottom Morris Men (from Victoria) leaping onto the market grounds. This was quickly followed by Andrew Smith presiding over the swearing in of the pole bearers. In addition to fairies, nymphs & elves in our procession led by Steve Cropper, we had brave knights and dragons plus we had a couple of gentlemen dressed in their very best summer frocks. Rock on…
Last year’s Queen Erin Abbott-Haines, with little Roane firmly attached, crowned our lovely Queen Leanna as the 2012 May Queen. Her Green Man, Mark Lauchner, and Princess Stella, were in attendance as were past Queens, Meadow Dove & Danielle. It was all very regal and proper.
The planting of the pole was hampered by the mysterious disappearance of the earth that was supposed to hold the pole in place. We had no choice but to station several stalwart men around the pole holding it erect while the kids and the lovely Mayne maidens danced around it!
This year the kids’ games were splendid as usual and, so that they weren’t left out, we had adult races as well. It was great fun.
Thanks so much to the Quicks Bottom Morris Men, our generous raffle donors: Glenda Goodman, Meadow Dove, Home Hardware, Tree Frog, The Nature Trust of BC & dare I say, me:Maggi Cheetham. Thank too to our many volunteers – we love you all – come back next year. And last but not least, thanks to the public who supported our 7th annual May Day.
We will start planning next year’s event in the fall and would like to make next year’s May Day even better. So if you have any ideas for us or would like to get involved for next year please email me . We’d love more volunteers. No matter how little or big a contribution of time you can give us, it will be greatly appreciated.
...And in the unlikely event you don't find yourself there try Terrill Welch's site at:
Because of the May Day date we were not able to make the Mayneliner June deadline, as a result, and having regard to the "signature" nature of the event in the Conservancy's year, we are reproducing Maggi Cheetham's May Day Report in full
"The Mayne Island Conservancy's May Day Festival was held on Saturday May 21st. In spite of the inclement weather people were decked out in their very best and we had great fun. There were more little fairies than ever plus we had one tiger - a first in our event. What a show of finery and fantasy.If anyone reading this feels the urge to get involved in the planning for May Day 2012 do get in touch with Maggi or call Mairi - just so's you know the "who does what" preparation starts ealy in the new year!
At the Farmer's Market, our tireless face painter this year was Shaye Steele. With some help and encouragement from her friends, Shea did a brilliant job of making us look even more festive. Thank you Shaye and friends.
Anticipating warm weather and flower wilt, we had a make-your-own colourful garlands table with fresh flowers available. We were wrong about the weather but the idea was good. Our raffle ticket sellers, as usual, did a wonderful job and the prizes were great. Thank you to the sellers, Lynda Smyth, Dorothy Mills & MICS board members Without donors, raffles don't happen so thanks soooo much to:
.The BIG event commenced as the market closed. Mayne Island Musician Extraordinaire, Michelle Footz, dressed in all the colours of the rainbow and more, raced into the centre of the market and blew her trumpet -Wow what an island gem. As soon as she had finished, in flew the Quicksbottom Morris Dancers from Vancouver Island, (namely: JD, James, Faye, John, Richard, and Joel) along with their musicians (Alan, Paul, Terry, & Veronica). We love their wild and crazy dances. Singers came next. Gail Noonan's enthusiastic Midday Chorus sang an African song in many parts. It sounded wonderful and was followed by our traditional Padstow May(ne) Song. A Big Thanks to everyone
- Dove Lang who donated a gift voucher for a massage
- Leanna Boyer & Mark Lauckner who donated a native plant and some heirloom tomato plants
- Mike Nadeau who donated a beautifully designed owl or osprey house
- Helen O'Brian who donated 5 bags of compost/manure
- Michael Dunn who donated a special landowner "walkabout" to reveal hidden biological treasures.
As usual, before we could leave the grounds, our Master of Ceremonies, John O'Brian prevailed upon the May Pole bearers to solemnly swear to carry the pole and to serve the May Queen. Our pole bearers' hats were magnificent this year; all manner of shapes and colours with feathers galore. Thank you all for making this so much fun..
Steve Cropper with his tall green hat lead the procession carrying the pole and escorting the soon to be 2011 May Queen, the beautiful Erin Abbott-Haines & her handsome husband Andrew, the 2011 Green Man, to Miners Bay Park for the coronation. Our procession was as noisy as we could make it with drummers and musicians and people with noisemakers & bells accompanying us. It was a wonderfully mad & colourful procession bringing brightness to a cool, grey & rainy day. Thanks to everyone who created this procession and all who joined in to help.
When we got into the park, the Queen accompanied by her little and not so little green gossamer clad fairies walked the grass labyrinth which had been specially mowed by Doug McNeill. If any fairy sees a photograph of her/himself on our website and wants a copy; email Maggi (email@example.com)
After the coronation, the pole was planted accompanied with a traditional May song. Then the dances around the pole began. These were fun. First the children danced around the May Pole led by Amber Harvey. What a delight watching the little ones, some shy and others gregarious. The Mayne Maidens, of all ages and as graceful as ever, followed with the May Pole Ribbon Dance and then we had a community circle dance. Everyone danced. So much fun - thanks to the leaders and participants alike. Next up were the kids' games organized by Jessica Reveley - they were GREAT; thanks Jessica
Learning from last year, we made sure that there was enough cake & lemonade for everyone. Thanks to Brenda Webster & Deb Foote for their donations. And Maggi's little friend, Olivia, for her delicious recipe. Thanks very much to Bob Kerr for seeing that everyone got a slice. A special Thanks to Alan Guy and Doug McNeill for keeping the park looking great and for the beautiful labyrinth..
Some photos of the event taken by Tom Hobley appear below photos and many more are on our Gallery pages. If you would like an emailed copy of any one let Maggi know.
Planning this event so much fun from cake baking to garland making. We couldn't create this event without volunteers so again, thank you!!"
Under mostly sunny skies, a large crowd of residents and visitors were witness to a May Day that happened pretty much as scheduled. The day's fun started immediately after, or indeed slightly before, the end of the first Farmers Market of 2010. All kinds of rural jollification ended in a gently bawdy swearing-in of the polebearers, whereupon the May Pole, the Queen, her Attendants, the Green Man and sundry minstrels, vagabonds and string-players made their way, with the Market crowd in tow, to Miners Bay Park. There, the Labyrinth walked, the pole erected, the Queen coronated, and the Mayne Maidens having Ribbon Danced, more merriment broke out, involving kids sports, spiral dances and refreshments. Proceedings finally wound down sometime after the anticipated wrap of 3:15
In order of appearance we wish to thank the following for their huge contributions to an enjoyable afternoon:
- Banquo Folk Ensemble
- Quicks Bottom Morris Men
- Island Thyme Morris Dancers
- Mayne Island Country Dancers
- All those present who joined in the Merry Mayne (née Padstow) song "Unite & Unite"
- John O'Brian, Master of Ceremonies
- Jesse Thom, Master of Mirth
- Valiant Pole Bearers
- Marley Iredale, The May Queen
- Danielle Savard, May Queen 2009 who passed the Crown
- Mike Nadeau, The Green Man
And not forgetting MICS' band of organisers Mairi Munro-Kerr, Lael Whitehead, and Helen O'Brian, led and inspired by Maggi Cheetham. In turn, they want to thank the following people who did so much to help:
- Alan Guy & Doug McNiell who made sure the park was in great shape
- Bill Bender & Gail Woodward who created the Labyrinth
- Dove Lang for the face painting
- Tina Farmillo for helping the 4-8 class to make Banners
- Amber Harvey for directing the children's dance and Eden Evans, who baked a cake
- Anita Lau, Dorothy Mills, and Jessica Willows who helped with the "kids' games"
- Libbie Bake, Lynda Campbell, Jessica Easton, Deb Foote, Miriam Isaac-Renton & Chris Fretwell for selling Raffle Tickets
- Eden Evans, Home Hardware, Jaiya, Dove Lang, Nomadic Routes, Mike Nadeau, Toby Snelgrove who donated Raffle Prizes
- Richard Iredale for both groups of Morris Dancers, Brian Crumblehume for the MICD, Dave Chase for the Drummers and Gail Noonan for the Midday Chorus
- Toby Snelgrove & Bill Warning, with an assist from Peter Judd, who Addressed the Public in the park
Pictures from the Farmers Market - 2010t
You can find many more photographs of the May Day Celebration 2010 on parade and in the park by visiting our Gallery page
Toby Snelgrove has posted lots of pictures of the full event on his website
Maggi Cheetham writes:
"We have been having so much fun planning this event from cake baking to garland making. Our volunteers this year were outstanding. Thank you everyone . . . . . .
If you would like to get involved in next year’s May Day email Maggi Cheetham or call and leave a message at 5919. See you next year!"
May Day 2009
This was the 2009 poster that helped to draw a big crowd to the Farmers Market for all kinds of merry-making. From there the marching/dancing crowd, dressed in all manner of costumes, and some wildly decorated, surged to Miners Bay with the May Pole bearing up and Banners flying. For some of Tom Hobley's pictures of the event see below!
Pictures from the Market to the Park - 2009
Conservation Talks 2013-14 Season
Saving Seeds for the Future - Friday March 21, 2014 2:00 pm, Ag Hall
This talk will outline the aims and activities of the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership, with detail on some of the keystone projects and research work. The presenter, Vanessa Sutcliffe, will also discuss the simple science behind drying and storing seeds, to encourage Mayne Island gardeners to save their own seeds.
Vanessa is a training specialist for the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership, a project of the Seed Conservation Department of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in the UK. The MSBP is conserving plant species from around the world through the storage of their seeds. Vanessa is responsible for organising and delivering training in seed conservation across the MSBP's global network.
While Vanessa is on holiday, visiting family on Mayne Island, she has agreed on very short notice to give this talk which is jointly sponsored with the Mayne Island Garden Club and the Agricultural Society.
The Spiders of British Columbia with Robb Bennett - November 16th, 2013 2:00 pm, Ag Hall
Join Robb Bennett from the BC Museum in the Ag Hall on Saturday Nov 16th at 2:00 for an illustrated seminar on spiders. Robb will discuss the general biology and natural history of spiders and will introduce you to a range of interesting British Columbia spiders. Attendees will also learn about the Royal BC Museum’s current research documenting the province’s spider fauna diversity.
"...spiders are ruthless storm troops in the matriarchal anarchy that is the arthropod world: theirs is the most diverse, female-dominated, entirely predatory order on the face of the earth. As such, spiders are key components of all ecosystems in which they live." - Robb began studying spiders when he was an undergraduate studying entomology at the University of Guelph in Ontario in the mid-1970's. Subsequently he earned a M. Sc. and a PhD in spider taxonomy/systematics. Since then, his interest in spiders has never waned and, today, Robb continues to collect and study spiders. His collections have been placed in relevant museums, primarily in Canada (the Canadian National Collection) and the USA (primarily the American Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Comparative Zoology, the Smithsonian Institution, and the California Academy of Sciences). He has collected in the USA and much of Canada, including the maritime provinces, the Yukon and Northwest Territories, the prairies, and Ontario.
Birds on the Move presented by Bruce Whittington - Sunday December 1st, 2013 7:30, Ag Hall
"One of the reasons we’re so aware of birds is the fact that they are so mobile, but many of these birds move on other levels we often overlook.”Bruce is a freelance naturalist, writer and photographer. He has written extensively on birds in British Columbia with articles in BC Living and producing a weekly column "Island Birds" in Victoria's Times Colonist. With illustrator Loucas Raptis he has authored "Seasons with Birds" in which he takes the reader through a year with birds. Each month offers descriptive information about several birds, along with interesting tidbits of bird lore, including the incredible story of long-range migrations, how birds fly, their plumage changes, and the life stories of early ornithologists.
He has worked as an onboard naturalist on over 60 Alaska cruises, and has led numerous land-based birding tours. He is a founder and former Executive Director of Habitat Acquisition Trust in Victoria, a former Islands Trust Fund board member, and remains an ardent conservationist. He is presently in career number 29, working with his wife Wanda Dombrowski in her framing shop and gallery in Ladysmith.
Details of last season's conservation themed talks can be found in our Program Archive
Conservation Talks 2012-13 Season
Celebrate Earth Day with Julie Johnston & Dr Peter Carter
Whacky Weather, Food Fragility and Compassionate Climate
Join Pender Island teacher Julie Johnston on Monday April 22nd, 7:00 pm at the Ag Hall() as she presents Mr Gore's 50 minute slide show to us on Earth Day, with discussion to follow. In this slideshow Al Gore provides evidence that the pace of climate change may be even worse than scientists recently predicted. He challenges us to act.
Julie trained with Al Gore and the Climate Reality Leadertship Corps last summer. She will be joined by her husband, Dr Peter Carter, a retired physician who has studied and synthesized climate change research for over 20 years
Thursday November 8th - Caring for the Western Purple Martins presented by Herbie & Bernard Rochet - 7:30 at the Community Centre
Western Purple Martins almost disappeared from the south coast of British Columbia due to losses to their preferred breeding habitat (cavities in trees) as well as competition from introduced bird species such as starlings and house sparrows. The Western Purple Martin Stewardship program was launched to try to restore and increase the breeding populations of these magnificent birds. On Mayne Island Herbie and Bernard Rochet took up the challenge in 2005 establishing artificial nest boxes in Miners Bay and Bennett Bay. As a result of their hard work, creativity and years of dedication the martins have been breeding successfully at both sites.
Come and hear about the pleasures, triumphs and sometimes the diappointments in their seven year long struggle to provide a bridgehead for this unique regional species.
Listen to the story but also think how you might help the Conservancy assume this important work, as it may be many more seasons before the population can become self-sustaining. Above all come and thank the Rochets for their remarkable work of passion and dedication in saving these birds for future generations to enjoy.
Saturday November 3rd - Mushrooms of British Columbia with Simon Chornick - 2:00 to 4:00 at the Ag Hall
Subtitled "From the Field to the Forest" this combined talk and workshop will review the most common West Coast fungi and some of those that are not so common. Get answers to the question "Edible or not?" and if you have examples do bring them along for identification.
Simon Chornick works for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans but in his other life Simon is a vocalist and mandolin player with the Mission based group Random Dander, but more importantly from our point of view he is an accomplished photographer, particularly in the field of mushrooms & other fungi. His mycologia appear in many internet-based reference works and he hunts, paints, grows and eats mushrooms.
Happily sharing his expertise, Simon styles himself as the Fungi Ambassador
Saturday October 13 2012 - Blue Carbon, Climate and the Oceans: The Role of Nature in Regulating Climate - 7:30 pm at the Community Centre
Presented by Colin Campbell, Marine Campaign Coordinator for the Sierra Club of B.C.
Carbon stored in the natural sinks of coastal oceans is secure for millennia, and the conservation and restoration of the associated ecosystems could account for up to 10% of the emissions challenge
Dr Colin Campbell was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia where he trained in Zoology and Palaeontology, spending the late 60's and early 70's at the University of California Berkeley, acquiring his PhD. While there his environmental concerns were focussed by an academic fascination with extinction processes.
He spent the 90's at the Australian National University working with an international climate change and sea level research program in Australia, Papua New Guinea and China and worked on the identification of environmental change following the arrival of humans in Australia and the central Pacific.
He studied environmental law for two years at the Australian National University before returning to Canada in 1998, living on the Sunshine Coast, becoming the Forest Caucus Coordinator for the BC Environmental Network from 2000-2003.
In 2004 Colin was elected Chair of the Executive Committee of the Sierra Club of BC and later became, and still is, the Marine Campaign Coordinator at Sierra Club of BC. He is also Science Advisor to the Sierra Club of BC. Presently, his time is occupied with climate change outreach on behalf of the Sierra Club and climate change issues in the context of Marine Use Planning.
Anyone who missed the talk or wishes to revisit some of the challenging facts served up during this absorbing evening the slideshow and notes are now available on line here. We thank Colin Campbell & the Sierra Club of BC for granting permission and providing supplementary suggestions for text and
Conservation Talks 2011-12 Season
Saturday April 21 2012 - Earthquakes in Southwest British Columbia: Living on the Edge - 7:30 pm, Ag Hall
Those of us in Southwest British Columbia are "living on the edge" of the North American tectonic plate. Here, small earthquakes occur every day, damaging earthquakes occur decades apart, and some of the world's largest earthquakes (like those in Japan, Chile, and Sumatra) occur centuries apart. In this presentation the earthquake history, hazards, earthquake research being conducted in this region, and ways to prepare for an earthquake will be presented.
Dr. John Cassidy is a Research Scientist with the Geological Survey of Canada (Sidney, BC) and Head of the Earthquake Seismology Section. He is also an adjunct Professor at the University of Victoria, School of Earth and Ocean Sciences where he teaches courses and supervises graduate students.He completed his B.Sc. in Honours Physics at the University of Victoria in 1982, his M.Sc. in Geophysics in 1987, and his PhD in Geophysics in 1991 at the University of British Columbia. John specialises in earthquake hazard studies in Canada, and during the past 20 years he has published more than 130 scientific and public information articles. John works closely with the engineering community and emergency management organisations that utilise the results of earthquake research, and he is extremely active in public outreach activities. John served as a member of the Canadian Association of Earthquake Engineers Reconnaissance Team that travelled through the regions of Chile that were hardest-hit by the magnitude 8.8 earthquake of 2010.
Saturday March 3 2012 - Anny Scoones: Musings on Nature, Green Space, Agriculture and Art - 7:30 at the Ag Hall
On historic Glamorgan Farm in rural North Saanich, Anny and her partner raised heritage breeds of livestock such as the Naked Neck hen, the woolly Russian Curly horse, and the Gloucester Old Spot Pig. They also grew heirloom produce, flowers and fruit, practiced nature scaping, and held community events among many other projects.
The farm was established in 1870 by Richard John, a Welshman who built the huge log barns, grew oats and raised cattle on what was then over six hundred acres. Today the farm consists of eight and a half acres.
The original elegant family house with its wraparound verandah stood where the Sandown Raceway’s grandstand is now, across the road from the great red roofed barns on the hill. In 1870, the driveway to the family home came from what is now the Pat Bay Highway.
Here is Anny talking about her decision to buy the farm, dubbed "the spooky place" by her parents:"... the desire to buy the Spooky Place overtook me...... The dogs and I turned off Glamorgan Road to walk up the driveway, full of potholes and littered with trash, towards the great, looming cross-shaped barn. The building was open to the outdoors, and a few streams of sunlight filtered through the boarded-up windows. I went up an old wooden ladder to the loft. Birds were nesting high in the red cedar rafters. As I sat there, I felt a curious energy go through me. It wasn’t the ‘sudden joy’ I’d been experiencing but a calm and good feeling coming from the barn loft itself. The barn seemed to speak to me, almost as if it were smiling."As the author of three books, inspired by almost decade of ownership of Glamorgan Farm, and the daughter of Canadian artists, Bruno and Molly Lamb Bobak, Anny's "Musings" will surely be an entertaining and thought provoking evening
Saturday October 15, Ag Hall 7:30 pm - "Crossing the Salish Sea: Land Mammals of the Gulf Islands" with Dave Nagorsen
The history of the land mammal fauna of the Gulf Islands has been dynamic with a number of past extinctions and ongoing colonizations including the recent arrival of alien species. Going back to last ice-age, Dave will trace the history of the land mammals, how they managed to reach the islands, and conservation issues associated with these animals.
Dave was the mammal curator at the Royal BC Museum for many years and has written four handbooks on the province’s mammals. He has long been fascinated by island biogeography and the mammals of BC’s islands.
Saturday August 20th, Dinner Bay Park 8:30 pm - "Introduction to the Night Sky" - David Lee
David Lee is a well known amateur astronomer and an advocate of public outreach in astronomy and science. He is a member of the Royal Astronomical Society, Victoria Centre. His photographs have been published in Sky News, Sky & Telescope and on various space related websites. He has been the website editor for the Victoria Centre and is DaveXX of the "Royal Astronomical Society of Daves".
There will be a talk and a slide presentation in the pavillionat 8:30 with hands-on stargazing theresafter.
Plan to come early! Shortly after 7:00 o'clock we will have croquet and boules sets to occupy your time while we wait for dusk - Bring a blanket and a picnic.!
Saturday April 16th, Ag Hall 7:30 pm - "Journey Below the Surface" - Doug Biffard
Join Doug Biffard for a a slide-show journey into the undersea world of British Columbia and abroad. He will offer an historical perspective about what long time divers are saying about what they see below the surface.
Doug started snorkeling when he was 4 years old with gear he borrowed form his uncle (when he wasn't looking). In 1975, Doug signed up for open water certification in Kelowna and dove Okanagan Lake from one end to the other - no not in one dive! From freshwater beginnings Doug moved on to all sorts of diving both sport and light commercial. Exotic dive trips started with a high school road trip to Powell River in 1976, then Mexico a couple of times and followed recently to Hawaii and Rarotonga. In his other life Doug is an aquatic ecologist with BC Parks.
Saturday February 12th, Ag Hall 7:30 pm - " Native Pollinating Bees and Protecting their Habitats" - Gord Hutchings
Gord Hutchings is a Victoria native, and has lived and now owns property on Saturna Island since 1994. He worked as a field biologist for the B.C. Conservation Data Centre, the Royal BC Museum, the Canadian Wildlife Service and the Yukon Territory Gov't doing field entomology collecting. His research at UVic was on the orchard mason bees and he now volunteers with several groups on Vancouver Island such as The Compost Education Centre, Swan Lake Nature Centre, and Glendale Gardens where he teaches, and holds public awareness sessions about native bee pollinators, dragonflies and other insects.
Gord promises this will be an awesome talk with lots of display materials, including cut-aways of ground nesting bees, photos of native bees, different socialities of native bee species, handouts and more.
For more info visit Gord's Website
Conservation Talks 2010
Thursday April 22nd Ag Hall 7:30 pm - Living on the Edge
A celebration of Earth Day and a presentation on the extraordinary lives of seabirds off the northwest coast of Vancouver Island, one of the biodiversity hotspots for marine organisms on the Pacific coast of North America.
The number of seabird species who spend some part of their lives here is high, including the most diverse colonies found in the eastern Pacific Ocean.
This is a story of their lives, and about the trials and tribulations of living on the edge.
If you missed the talk we will present a summary of Michael's presentation here, together with links to some of the significant slides shown. Coming soon! Meantime check out a few pictures of this and other earth Week activities on our Gallery page
Saturday May 1st Ag Hall 7:30 pm - Know Your Birds - Part 2
This was a follow-up to the popular winter bird workshop and targeted the spring and summer birds of Mayne Island. The core of the workshop provided participants with the skills, using field markings, to identify more of the diverse bird fauna on the island. The spring and summer focuses more on our forest dwelling birds where field marks and calls are critical to their identification. A good number of beginner birders (and others) joined Michael Dunn for this engaging workshop.
Illustrations of some of the raptors, sparrows, flycatchers and others discussed during the evening's slide show and Q&A session will appear here in a few days. Check back later!
Saturday August 14th, Dinner Bay Park 7:30 pm - "The Fire Management Paradox: Balancing Re-growth and Risk in Canada's National Parks"
Rob Walker will talk about the paradox inherent in trying to manage forest fires in protected areas and how Parks Canada tries to overcome it. I will use examples from two very different ecosystems, Garry Oak ecosystems, found locally, and Whitebark Pine ecosystems, found at treeline through portions of the Western Cordillera, to illustrate our approach. We will explore their status, ecology. fire regimes, cultural connections and the fire management approaches that Parks Canada, and others, are taking to sustain them.
Rob worked in fire management in national parks in the Aspen Parkland and Rocky Mountains for 12 years before moving to Gulf Islands National Park Reserve in 2004. During his time in the Rockies, he managed the fire management program for 2.5 national parks totalling 6,000km2. Rob originally came to Gulf Islands as the Fire & Vegetation Specialist and has since become the Manager of Resource Conservation.
Rob has extensive experience in fire suppression and in the use of fire to achieve ecological objectives. He has been a member of a Parks Canada National Incident Management Team for 17 years. Rob earned a BSc in Ecology from the University of Calgary and has been actively involved in research including reconstructing paleoecological fire and disturbance regimes, quantifying prescribed fire effects, whitebark pine conservation and wildfire risk assessment.
In April, some Mayne Island land owners attended a workshop we presented on the Stewardship of Sensitive Ecosystems. That initial workshop was put on in response to the recent Sensitive Ecosystem Mapping and a letter sent to some of you by the Islands Trust in late 2009 detailing one or more sensitive ecosystems that might have been identified on your property. By request we are now offering a follow-up workshop on Conservation Covenants which you are invited to attend. It will take place Saturday October 30 at the Agricultural Hall from 11 am to 3:30 pm. Lunch will be available.
A conservation covenant is a legal agreement between a landowner and authorized land trusts (usually two). This legal agreement remains attached to the title of the lands in perpetuity, and defines allowable and restricted uses for the property. Land donations and land purchases are other ways of protecting private land in BC.
The first part of the workshop will focus on stories from and about landowners who have placed conservation covenants on all or part of their property. Sylvia Pincott from Pender Island will talk about the NAPTEP covenant she has placed on her land and Rose Longini will tell her stories of the working landscape covenant on her Galiano property. Short case studies from a DVD called People Protecting Places made by the Land Trust Alliance of B.C. (LTABC) will broaden the picture of possibilities. Following lunch, Kate Emmings, Ecosystems Protection Specialist with the Islands Trust Fund, will talk about the Natural Area Protection Tax Exemption Program (NAPTEP) and Adam Taylor, Executive Director of Habitat Acquisiton Trust (HAT), will address other covenanting possibilities including steps to be taken towards achieving a conservation covenant. If time permits, there will be an introduction to the EcoGift program.
We hope you will consider joining us for this informative workshop. If you should have questions please do not hesitate to contact Helen O'Brian, MICS, or planner Alison Fox, Islands Trust. If you are planning to attend please RSVP Helen so that we can better arrange lunch.