Southern Resident Killer Whales
On Saturday, August 26th, 7:30 at the Agricultural Hall, Dr Lauren McWhinnie will introduce us to members of our resident Orca whale population by both sight and sound. This will be an intimate introduction to our endangered neighbours which you will want to see and hear. Lauren is working with the University of Victoria, and the Saturna Island Marine Research and Education Society.
The Perseids - Saturday August 12th, 8:00 pm in the Dinner Bay Park Pavilion
Part talk and part field trip, this evening's event is brought to us by the Royal Astronomical Society's Scott Mair who will describe the heavenly theatrics which we will expect to see. tThe group will then decamp to Dinner Bay Park to watch the Perseid meteor shower. Bring blankets and if you have them, binoculars and telescopes of any kind. Please note the early evening venue represents a change from what was originally advertised - don't head to the Ag Hall!
Scott Mair is a curious guy. He likes rocks and bugs and flowers and birds and stars and... you get the idea. He is the winner of Canada's prestigious Michael Smith Award for Science Communication and is the first Canadian to win the US Master Interpreter Award. Scott learned to love dinosaurs while Curator of Education at Alberta's Tyrrell Museum, the stars as the founding Director of Victoria's Centre of the Universe, traffic while Manager of Programs at the Los Angeles Natural History Museum, and flowers, as he says "because they slow down his uber fit friends." Of all the subjects he's delved into in his life, nothing has made a bigger impact than learning about the night sky.
Eelgrass - Understanding Our Shores: Monday July 10th 2017 7:00 pm in the Mary Jeffrey Resource Rm
Join us to hear UBC student Keila Stark explain the vital and complex Eelgrass ecosystems found along the coast of British Columbia. Keila is currently executing research analyzing the biodiversity of Eelgrass ecosystems for Mary O'Connor's lab of Zoology at UBC. This community event will take place at the Mayne Island Conservancy office on July 10th at 7 o'clock PM. Attendance by donation.
Keila's research currently focuses on multi-trophic level biodiversity analysis of Eelgrass communities from Tsawwassen North up to Haida Gwaii. Mary O'Connor's lab particularly aims to identify the main drivers that determine Eelgrass community assembly at different spatial scales. Keila is interested in sampling the Southern Gulf Islands because of the local proximity to heavy human activity relative to more northerly sites, and the salinity and temperature gradient that is particular to the Gulf Islands region. She will be taking samples from established eelgrass meadows around Mayne Island with the help of the Mayne Island Conservancy. Please contact the Mayne Island Conservancy at 250-539-5168 for more information.
Mushroom Day 2016 - Sunday October 30th Ag Hall at 1:00 pm
Mushroom day will be held Sunday October 30th from 1-3pm at the Agriculture Hall. We welcome everyone to bring in picked specimens to work on identification. We will have books and local experts to help with identifying and answering any questions. There will be a spore print art contests as well as contests for the largest collection and largest single specimen. MICS staff member Stephanie Hurst will be giving a talk on Responsible Mushroom Harvesting at 1:15pm.
Admission free - donations welcome!
Susan Conrad's "Inside"- Monday July 4th Ag Hall at 7:30
Susan Conrad is an adventurer, writer, educator, and speaker, as well as an accomplished paddler. Her tenacious explorations by sea kayak have fueled her stories and images that have appeared in Sea Kayaker, Canoe and Kayak, Adventures Northwest, and Figure magazines.
Inside: One Woman’s Journey through the Inside Passage is Susan’s first book based on her solo paddle from Anacortes to Juneau Alaska. In spring 2010, with her world scaled down to an 18-foot sea kayak and the 1,200-mile ribbon of water known as the Inside Passage, Susan Conrad launched a journey of the sea and soul that took her both north to Alaska and inward, as she discovered the depths of her own strength and courage.
She paddled marathon distances for weeks on end, forged friendships with quirky people in the strangest of places, and pretended not to be intimidated by 700-pound grizzly bears and 40-ton whales.
This opportunity to hear her story and see her beautiful images is not to be missed. Co-sponsored with the Mayne Island Library
Miner's Bay Interpretive Beach Walks - June 11th, June 25th, July 2nd, July 16th, August 13th
Join us for a series of interpretive walks in Miner’s Bay! 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.
Did you know that hermit crabs usually create something called a "vacancy chain"? These are formed when a hermit crab initially inspects a new shell but decides that it is too big or too small for him. The hermit crab then waits by the empty shell for up to 8 hours. Other hermit crabs come along and inspect the new shell as well. If the shell is too big or small, they will form a chain behind the other waiting hermit crabs. Once an individual arrives that fits the new shell, he moves into it. Then all of the waiting hermit crabs try out the one he just vacated, until there is a fit. This process can be repeated up to twenty times!
We will meet in front of Tru Value at 2:00pm on the days of the walk. Bring suitable footwear (boots or sturdy shoes that can get wet) and a sense of curiosity!
A Presentation by Guy Dauncey - Ag Hall, Friday May 27th 7:30pm
Guy Dauncey's new book, "Journey to the Future" is a mix of utopian fiction, science, philosophy, instruction manual and murder mystery. It is set in Vancouver, 2032, a city that has become the greenest city.
Now, can the lessons it has learned be taken to the wider world? Scientists, activists and politicians, from David Suzuki to Tzeporah Berman to Elizabeth May are vocal in their praise of this book. Come hear Guys's inspirational message: a better world is possible!
This event is cosponsored with the Mayne Island Library. For more about Guy and his activities please visit the Earth Future web site.
Admission is free but donations to assist with expenses will be most welcome.
Mushroom Open House - Saturday Nov 21st 2:00 - 4:00 pm at the Ag Hall
It's FUN-GY time! Bring as many mushrooms and fungi types as you can find. Last year we had an amazing array of all shapes and sizes so let's see what we can come up with this year.
Assisted by guide books and local experts, we'll do our best to identify them. There will be a prize for the largest collection and another for the largest fungi.
Mike Nadeau is making chaga chai, said to be one of the most beneficial herbal drinks available. Don't miss it!
Seeds - Planting, Harvesting, Storing with Mojave Kaplan - Saturday & Sunday Sept. 26th & 27th
This is a Walk, a Talk and a Workshop!
This weekend event is presented by Mojave Kaplan, the founder of "The Planting Seeds Project" which features local "Eco-logically" homegrown, open-pollinated, heirloom, and heritage vegetable, flower, and herb seeds. The "Project" has been developing since 1991 currently on the rich clay loam mountain soil found near Lytton, B.C. Mojave blogs and tweets as the "Seedwarioress"
On Saturday at 2:00 pm meet at the Community Gardens for a tour and at 7:30 come to the Ag Hall for a presentation. On Sunday morning at 10:00 bring your dry seed heads, mature tomato fruit, etc. for a seed-saving workshop. Bring your own bags to take home the seeds the group has shared.
Where are the Whales with Bailey Eagan - 2:00pm Saturday Sept. 12th, at the Community Centre
Bailey is a research analyst with the B.C. Cetacean Sightings Network (www.wildwhales.org), a citizen science project that collects sightings of whales, dolphins, porpoises and sea turtles throughout the coast of B.C. The sightings are analyzed to better understand the relative abundance, distribution, and habitat use of B.C.'s cetaceans. Lately they have been working with The Whale Trail (www.thewhaletrail) to expand the land-based whale watching initiative across B.C. with the aim of contributing toward marine mammal stewardship, and helping provide an accessible alternative to vessel-based whale watching. Bailey will be traveling to Mayne, Saturna, and Pender Islands the weekend of September 12th to conduct community presentations regarding the work that they are doing, and to encourage people to report their sightings to the B.C. Cetacean Sightings Network.
Fred Bunnell Presents Biodiversity - Sunday April 12th, 2015 6:30 pm, Ag Hall
Fred L. Bunnell studied forestry and wildlife biology in Canada, Switzerland, and the United States. When not frolicking abroad, he has been at the University of British Columbia for 40 years where he is Professor Emeritus. He has published over 200 scientific articles and received 13 provincial, national and international wards for applied research. Dr. Bunnell has held commissions and served on over 70 provincial, national, and international committees dealing with resource management. He is happily married, a father, and Quaker – and loves life immensely.
Monitoring Climate Change in the North - Saturday January 10th, 2015 7:00 pm, Ag Hall
A presentation by PhD student David Barrett from the Water and Climate Impacts Centre at the University of Victoria, which was established in September 2002 at the University of Victoria (UVic) as part of a co-location agreement between UVic and the National Water Research Institute (NWRI) of Environment Canada.
A primary focus of W-CIRC's current research is participation in the hydrology, hydro-climatology, hydrologic-hydraulic modelling, sediment processes and ecological flow needs sub-components of the Water Quantity/Hydrology/Sediment program that forms part of EC's ‘world-class’ Oil Sands monitoring program. Additional areas of scientific foci are on the hydrologic and ecological impacts of atmospheric change and variability, particularly in the Canadian Arctic.
David will discuss the challenges involved in monitoring the harsh environment of the north, the methods used, and the implications for climate change.
Bones, Beaks and Teeth by Becky Wigen - Friday November 14th, 2014 2:00 pm, Mayne School
The arrangement of bones within different animal skeletons can tell us all kinds of things! From what type of food they eat, to how they move, and how they are related to other animals. Come join us and Becky Wigen, Senior Labe Assistant from U Vic's Department of Anthropology to explore the exciting world of animal bones. This event is being offered in collaboration with the Mayne Island School, and all community members are welcome free of charge. If you have any bones you would like Becky to identify please bring them to the event.
Becky teaches the labs for the 2nd year archaeology and physical anthropology classes, interacting with many Anthropology undergraduates. She is very involved in zooarchaeology and works on material from west coast sites from Alaska to Oregon and established, and now manages the comparative skeletal collection for the Anthropology department.
Sea Star Wasting: A Presentation by Andy Lamb - Friday June 6, 2014 7:30 pm, Ag Hall
Sea star wasting syndrome is affecting many species along the Pacific Coast from California to Alaska. In some areas, massive mortality has resulted, particularly for the sunflower star in BC. Sea stars are important predators and they prey in our tidal waters, so this condition has the potential to have major impacts on our marine environment in the not too distant future. Scientists continue to search for the precise cause or causes of the syndrome.
A founding member of the Marine Life Sanctuaries Society of B.C. in 1989, Andy graduated from UBC with a BSc in 1971. Born (1947) and raised in Vancouver, he was employed by the Vancouver Aquarium from 1966 to 1974 as an aquarist/collector and from 1996 to 2005 as a school program co-ordinator. For the intervening 22 years, he was a fish culturist at DFO’s West Vancouver Laboratory. As a scuba enthusiast (NAUI, 1967), he has completed 3,239 logged dives, featuring detailed marine life documentation. During this period, he also taught a Marine Life Identification course for Scuba divers. Andy is a co-author of Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest and Coastal Fishes of the Pacific Northwest (both with Harbour Publishing). Among various periodical contributions, he writes a continuing marine life mysteries feature in Northwest Dive News. With wife Virginia, he lives on Thetis Island where they operate Cedar Beach (http://www.cedar-beach.com) a marine-oriented B&B.
Seaweed Walk and Workshop - Saturday June 10th, 2017
Amanda Swinimer will join us for a 2 part workshop on Seaweed. Amanda completed her BSc at Dalhousie University with an advanced major in Marine Biology and a minor in Oceanography. Amanda furthered her education by apprenticing for two years with a wise herbal teacher, Bernice Woolham, and studying with the "Kelp Doctor", Dr. Louis Druehl. She has owned and operated, Dakini Tidal Wilds, since 2003. For 15 years, Amanda has been sustainably harvesting, by hand, edible seaweeds, wild herbs and crafting products from these wild gifts. For most of these years, she has been sharing her passion for the wild gifts of our coastline with many people through a variety of hands-on teaching methods and with a focus of sustainability and respect for our rare coast. She has taught at the University of Victoria, Bamfield Marine Science Center, Royal Roads University, public schools and through private venue.
The first part of the workshop will be held on Piggott Bay starting at 1:00 where we will find a wide variety of seaweed - bring your children, buckets or bags and some tools for harvesting (but leave the dogs at home please) and discover what our coastline has to offer. Participation is by donation.
The second part of the workshop will be at the Community Centre starting at 3:00 where we will learn how to dry & store seaweed as well as how to incorporate it into our diet. We will also cover nutritional elements and sustainable harvest techniques. Admission $15.
The Miraculous Seed
Under each protective seed coat lies a stem, leaf and root system just waiting to spring to life. Learn the simple secrets to successfully start vegetables seedlings. Cool starts, warm starts, stratification, planting depths, damping off, seed life, and more, will all be demystified in this entertaining and educational one day seminar.
Discover how to decipher seed catalogues and select the vegetable seeds that will perform best in your garden. Starting from seed can improve food quality, diversity and harvest. There may only be one or two varieties of vegetable starts at the nursery whereas starting from seed gives you dozens of choices. Once you know all about seeds, the next step is saving your own! Seeds saved from your own garden will acclimatize to your garden and come up stronger each year. One lettuce plant can produce over 30,000 seeds! There is nothing quite so satisfying as planting, and sharing your own seed.
Your instructor, Linda Beer, is passionate about growing good things to eat. A sought after instructor, she loves passing on the knowledge she has gleaned after 30 plus years in the veggie patch. Linda is an Environmental technologist, Master gardener and Organic Master Gardener.
This seminar is a fund raiser for the purchase of St. John Point. Join us for an enjoyable day and to support a worthy cause.
$40.00 Includes Lunch!
Invasive Plant Management Workshop - Saturday March 4th Ag Hall 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Join us to learn how to manage invasive plant species on your property. We will provide all the training you will need to identify, plan, and implement management of the most common invasive plants on Mayne Island. Local Biologist Rob Underhill has been conducting vegetation surveys and implementing Ecological Restoration Plans for over 8 years. He will present up to date information on invasive species distribution and forecast dispersal patterns on Mayne Island.
We will discuss the following plant species: Scotch broom, daphne, English holly, English ivy, bull thistle, Canada thistle, English hawthorn, St. John@#39;s wort, periwinkle, knotweeds, gorse, and giant hogweed. You are welcome to bring in plants you would like identified. Attendance by donation.
Nature Photography Workshop - Saturday January 21st Ag Hall 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Get some valuable tips and learn new skills for taking amazing nature photos. Bring your camera - any experience and equipment level is welcome! Our panel of local experts will provide a series of short presentations before we take it outside together to capture nature scenes on "film".
- Toby Snelgrove: Scenic Landscapes
- Don Enright: Bird Photography
- Rob Underhill: Who, When, and Where
Moss Workshop November 26th 2016
Join moss expert Terry McIntosh on Saturday November 26th from 10am-4pm at the Root Seller for a workshop on mosses and moss identification. Lunch is included with a registration fee of $40. There is limited space so please register ASAP by calling us at 250-539-5168 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The workshop will include a lecture component followed by a walk to find and identify mosses.
Terry McIntosh, Ph.D. is a botanist with over 30 years of experience in public education, ecological consulting, and scientific research. He has recently undertaken a number of bryophyte and ecosystem surveys, and has produced reports for both provincial and federal agencies (CDC and COSEWIC). He is familiar with plants and vegetation communities across British Columbia, in particular interior shrub-grasslands and coastal Garry oak ecosystems. He frequently participates in rare plant inventories, most recently on Salt Spring Island, the south Okanagan Valley, and along the Sunshine Coast.
Seedy Saturday 2016
Feb 6th 12:30-4:00 pm at the Ag Hall - cosponsored by the Garden Club and the Agricultural Society
Seeds, cuttings, tubers, etc. will be available for exchange - bring yours! There will be 15 minute mini-workshops
- 1:00 Christina - How to grow shoots
- 1:30 Kristin Crouch - Dividing Perennials
- 2:00 Linda Beer - Growing Garlic
- 2:30 Bryce Ramlo and Brian Lefler - Mason Bees
- 3:00 Mike Nadeau - Grafting: Topworking and other techniques
A Look Back at 2015's Seedy Saturday
Co-sponsored by the MICS, the Ag Society and the Garden Club, Seedy Saturday (Feb 7th) was very well attended and the room was busy all afternoon. Seeds, tubers and cuttings from Mayne Island Gardeners were on show and most found a ready home very quickly. The Conservancy's display of native plant seeds propagated in our own nursery were presented to the highest commercial standards. During the afternoon "seminars" were conducted by the guests & participants:
- Brian Crumblehulme - Herbs
- Linda Beer - Seed Saving
- Bryce Ramlo & Brian Leffler - Mason Bees
- Trish Hoff - Dividing & Taking Cuttings from Dahlias
For more about the Conservancy's Native Plant nursery and our seed propagation program please click here.
Food Preservation Workshop - Co-Sponsored by the Ag Society
Do you want to be able enjoy the bounty from the garden during the winter but are unsure of the process? How about submitting an entry in the Fall Fair?
Successful food preservation depends on the quality of the produce and the methods used. Join us for a food preservation workshop and learn from fellow Mayne Islanders a variety of methods for food preservation such as canning, pickling and drying.
Advanced Composting Workshop presented by Alysha Punnett - Wednesday June 18, 2014 2:00 pm, Ag Hall
This advanced composting workshop will build on skills taught at last summers Introduction to Composting Workshop. Composting on Mayne Island is especially important given the distance our food scraps must travel to reach the regional processing center when we put them in the trash. Also, soon the CRD will not accept organic waste in the garbage. On-island composting is by far the most economically and environmentally sound solution. Techniques covered will include:
- Dynamic accumulators and hot composting
- Compost tea
- In-situ composting methods
The workshop will be taught by the Compost Education Center's Site Manager Alysha Punnett. Here is her bio from their website:
Alysha’s blog Vittles: Local Food, Resilient Tables is a product of her keen interest in local, sustainable food systems. It showcases young farmers and her own permaculture learning.
Exploring her passion for sustainable living strategies led Alysha from the Okanagan to our island & some serious studies:
As well as maintaining the Compost Education Centre’s gardens, Alysha teaches regularly about composting, permaculture and organic gardening.
- a BSc in Environmental Management through Royal Roads University
- a certificate in Permaculture Design through Seven Ravens Permaculture Academy
- a certificate in Organic Master Gardening through Gaia College
When not playing in the garden, Alysha enjoys whizzing around on her bike to the local organic butchers, bakers, and wine makers.
Admission is free