Talks & Walks

Mayne Island Conservancy Society

Talks & Walks

Photo of a beach walk group An interpretative beach walk
Photo credit: Leanna Boyer

For Your Enjoyment...

Every year the The Mayne Island Conservancy Society mounts a program of workshops, field trips, illustrated talks and movies of interest to islanders and visitors alike. In addition to Conservancy staff, the leaders and presenters are often well respected experts in their field of interest.

This page highlights upcoming events and is a record of the Conservancy's activities in recent months under the headings shown in the sidebar. Listings show the "next" or latest first and sometimes contain links to further resources and pictures.

The Perseids - Saturday August 12th, 7:30 Starting at the Ag Hall


Part talk and part field trip, this evening's event is brought o 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.

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,Photo of a vacancy chain 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


"What's this biodiversity stuff anyway?" - Fred will show biodiversity's role in the Conservancy's mission of "fostering harmony between nature and community."

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.



Workshops


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
Admission by donation.

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 info@conservancyonmayne.com. 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
Bring your seeds and bring your questions and leave with stuff that you need and some knowledge you didn't have before!

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.

Photo of Linda Beer
Linda Beer Presents Saving Seeds
Photo of Some Display Tables
Slim Pickin's for Latecomers!
Photo of Helen's Table
Helen O'Brien had a Table or Two
Photo of Linda Beer's Display
A Nice Seedy Display from Linda
Photo of Saving Seeders
People Talking about Saving Seeds

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

Advanced Cmposting Poster This workshop is jointly sponsored by MICS, the Garden Club, the Ag. Society and the Recycling Society

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
  • Humanure
How to use the Green Cone Digester will be discussed at the end of the workshop.

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:

  • 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
As well as maintaining the Compost Education Centre’s gardens, Alysha teaches regularly about composting, permaculture and organic gardening.

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


Special Thursday Night "Salon" Presentations in the Mary Jeffery Resource Room, 478 Village Bay Road


GBR Poster

Thursday October 29, 2015, 7:30 pm "An Evening in the Great Bear Rainforest"

  • Bear Witness: a film by BC's Coastal First Nations
    When 'Cheeky' the bear is ambushed and decapitated in front of a lone witness, a chain of events is set in motion up and down the coast. You're the next link.

  • Spoil
    A powerful documentary on the Great Bear Rainforest by EP Films. The film shows the splendour of nature with some beautiful photography. It highlights the nature we all want to protect, but our blinkered and incessant addiction to burn more oil, is helping to destroy.

  • Groundswell
    The Raincoast Conservation Foundation's collaboration with accomplished filmmaker, Chris Malloy and Woodshed Films, has produced a remarkable 25-minute documentary titled GROUNDSWELL. It chronicles not only a world-class surfing adventure, but also provides a cerebral and compelling examination of an issue that embodies a great many aspects of today’s environmental challenges and opportunities: our energy future, geopolitics, aboriginal rights and title, and more. Raincoast crew and local indigenous leaders drive the narrative.


Thursday March 20th at 7:30


Kitturiaq
From the award-winning director of ON THE LINE comes the unconventional documentary KITTURIAQ. The film unflinchingly follows two men on a 620 km wilderness canoe journey through the vast, remote tundra of the Labrador Plateau- a little-known region of the Canadian North. Seen from the perspective of Malina- a mosquito who joins them on the journey- the film brings the viewer intimately into the experience of the expedition. Though the conditions are at times difficult and bludgeoning, the film evokes a joy that is found when the modern world is left behind and an ancient, wild place is embraced. Inuit and Innu people who have lived in this land for thousands of years share their ways with the two adventurers, grounding the journey in history and culture while also alluding to the challenges modern pressures exert on their traditional lifestyles...See more here
"Kitturiaq is extremely well edited, the story-line is solid, the music is incredible and the (mis)adventure Todd and Frank go on is unforgettable"
- Kevin Callan writing in Explore Magazine

Thursday January 16th at 7:30


Chasing Ice
A documentary by acclaimed National Geographic photographer James Balog. (75 minutes)
Balog was once a skeptic about climate change. But through his Extreme Ice Survey, he discovers undeniable evidence of our changing planet. In Chasing Ice, Balog deploys revolutionary time-lapse cameras to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers. See his hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. 'Chasing Ice' depicts a photographer trying to deliver evidence and hope to our carbon-powered planet ...See more here
"The most important documentary of the year...."
    Tom Long - Detroit News

Thursday November 14th at 7:30


Mountains in Motion
A documentary by Doug Urquhart & Paul Zizka.
Mountains in Motion: The Canadian Rockies is an experimental short documenting the life of the alpine landscape through time-lapse photography. In an effort to highlight the wildness of these mountain places and how they have inspired explorers of the past, present and future, sequences were painstakingly gathered from exposed summits; by glacial lakes; and under aurora-filled skies. ...See more

From Farm to Fork to Fuel
Discover innovative approaches for producing and maximizing our food resources. Explore how a Milwaukee farmer feeds a growing urban population, discover strategies for reducing food waste in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond, and go behind the scenes at a North Carolina facility that turns cooking grease into fuel. Plus, check out gardens on wheels in Omaha, Nebraska.

Thursday April 11th at 7:30


Salmon Confidential is a new film on the inaction of authorities to get to the bottom of what is killing BC’s wild salmon. When biologist Alexandra Morton discovers BC’s wild salmon are testing positive for dangerous European salmon viruses associated with salmon farming worldwide, a chain of events is set off to suppress the findings. Tracking viruses, Morton moves from courtrooms, into British Columbia’s most remote rivers, Vancouver grocery stores and sushi restaurants. The film documents Morton’s journey as she attempts to overcome multiple roadblocks thrown in her path and works to bring critical information to the public in time to save BC’s wild salmon.

A film by Twyla Roscovich - Produced by Salmon Are Sacred - Admission by Donation
We are located upstairs in the Root Seller. This will be the first movie night in our Mary Jeffery Resource Room!


Movie Nights

Come to the Ag Hall on a Saturday evening for a private showing of conservation-themed movies. Sometimes the evening is hosted and lively question and answer sessions ensue.

Admission is free and your donation gets you popcorn and occasionally other refreshments.

Movies are at the Ag Hall and start at 7:30 pm

Movies for 2016

You are invited to a private showing of "This Changes Everything"

Director Avi Lewis (The Take) and journalist Naomi Klein return to environmentally active cinema with This Changes Everything, narrated by Klein and based on her hefty 2014 best-seller. Traveling from the tar sands of Canada to a Montana oil spill and around the world, Lewis films the protests of common citizens against big companies whose indiscriminate exploitation of Mother Earth is paving the way to hellish climate change.

In striking images he captures real anger at what is happening, but chooses to emphasize the positive successes that grassroots protests have had.

                            - from the New Times review at TIFF in October 2015

Movies for 2015

See "Salon Movie Nights" above.

Movies for 2014

  • Friday October 24th, 2014    Vanishing Point

    This 2012 National Film Board of Canada documentary tells the story of 2 Inuit communities of the circumpolar north—one on Canada’s Baffin Island, the other in Northwest Greenland—that are linked by a migration led by an intrepid shaman in 1860.The film is narrated in Inuktitut by Navarana K'avigak' Sørensen, a polyglot Inughuit linguist who is the great-great-great-niece of the Baffin Island shaman. The filmmakers, environmental scientists Stephen A. Smith and Julia Szucs, accompanied Navarana on three hunting trips across the remote north and what we see contrasts traditional life on the tundra with life in modern-day communities. The film draws inspiration and hope from the ties that still bind the 2 communities to face the consequences of rapid social and environmental change.

    • “Excellent film, finely observed...Beautifully shot and edited in a natural, almost real time way. It reworks Flaherty in a more human authentic way”

      - Peter Wintonick

    • “Cinema verité at its finest.. within 3 minutes we were seduced”

      - Steve Rosenberg

    • “An evocative, beautiful presentation of a vanishing way of life..”

      - David Suzuki

    More at at the NFB Vanishing Point page

Vanishing Point is presented in cooperation with the Mayne Island Library. Movies are at the Ag Hall and start at 7:30 pm

Field Trips


Interpretive Nature Walk - 10:00 am Saturday May 13th in Cotton Park

Meet at the foot of Cotton Road at 10:00 for an interpretative nature walk on the eight acres of low bank waterfront located on Active Pass. This property was added to the Mayne Island Parks holdings in 2015 through the generous donation of Mayne Island residents Fred and Bette Cotton. The property was donated to the MIPRC through a land trustee after the passing of Fred and Bette, and has been named the "Fred & Bette Cotton Community Park."

This walk is organised jointly by the Mayne Island Conservancy Society and Mayne Island Parks & Recreation Commission.

Forests & Fungi with Andy McKinnon - 7:00pm Saturday Aug 1st, 2016

Meet at the Community Centre! This is a Talk and a Walk

Andy is Research Ecologist B.C. Ministry of Forests with areas of responsibility that include research in forest ecology and ecosystem-based management, biogeoclimatic ecosystem classification and mapping. His current research interests include natural disturbance, old-growth forests, non-timber forest products, and native plants, fungi and lichens.

For a talk on forest ecology and the special "niche" occupied by fungi of many types come and join Andy and the Conservancy at the Community Centre on Saturday evening for a great illustrated conversation. Admission is by donation at the door.

Andy will lead a walk on Sunday morning August 2nd reflecting on some of the examples talked about the night before. Space on the walk is limited, so do phone Carly at 5168 or email carly@conservancyonmayne.com to reserve your place.

Interpretive Beach Walks - Throughout the Summer

Following up on Carly Palmer's successful event on Oceans Day 2015 Carly will lead four more expeditions into the interidal zone of Miners Bay. The tide is low in the middle of the day and we will take advantage of that to explore the weird and wonderful world revealed when the waters retreat. Focus will be on the animals that live in this area and their adaptations to life in this extreme environment. Bring suitable footwear (boots or sturdy shoes that can get wet) and your sense of curiosity! Meet outside Tru Value at 1:30 on June 20th, July 18th, August 1st anfd 15th.

Beach Walk Series - 2014

After the Farmers Market closes join either Olivia or Laura on most Saturdays for an interesting and informative beach walk around Miners Bay. Two programs will run in rotation, one focuses on sea critters while the other investigates the "Greens, Reds & Browns" to be found on the shoreline. Dates and details here

Community Oceans Day Celebration 2014

Saturday June 14 12-3:30 pm at Miners Bay

Oceans Day Poster 2014 Join the Conservancy for a day of learning about the Salish Sea in celebration of World Oceans Day. The Mayne Island event coincides with low tide so that we explore the beach! Displays, aquarium, kids activities and more will take place on Miners Bay dock. We welcome a special friend from Georgia Strait Alliance who is black and white, has fins and needs a name!.

Timetable - all times approximate
  • 12:00 pm Miners Bay Dock displays with Raincoast, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, Georgia Strait Alliance
  • 12:00-1:30 pm – Beach walk and beach seine with aquarium Miners Bay
  • 1:00-2:00 pm - Plankton tow and microscope on dock
  • 1:30 – Divers in water to collect marine organisms
  • 2:00 – 3:00 pm – Deep water aquarium on display
  • 3:30 pm – Afternoon Event closes

The Raincoast Conservation Foundation will present "Through the Lense of Ecology: Marine Mammals in the Salish Sea" at the Agricultural Hall at 7 pm:

Do you love sea mammals? How about spectacular nature footage? If so come learn with the Mayne Island Conservancy as we host Raincoast’s Misty McDuffee for an evening of engaging dialogue and powerful film. The film, Groundswell, is a small film about making a big stand. Word-class surfers surf the gnarly waves of the Great Bear Rainforest following the proposed route of the Enbridge pipeline. The presentation will focus on marine mammals of our very own Salish Sea. There will be DOOR PRIZES!

For stories about Oceans Day in prior years visit our Program Archive

Saturday December 3rd, Church House 10:00 am - Know Your Winter Birds

The Winter Birds Poster



Join Michael Dunn at the Church House, December 3, 2011 for a fun and hands-on workshop on identifying birds. This session will focus on those bird species that winter on Mayne, and around Mayne Island. Michael will provide participants with the basic skills and techniques for improving observations of birds and increasing abilities to identify them. The workshop will be part indoors and part outdoors so please bring appropriate outdoor clothing. Session starts at 10:00 am and will end around 1:00 pm. Also please bring your most used bird identification guide, paper and pens. Contact Michael if you have any further questions at 250-539-5745.

Winter Birds field trippersWinter Dird ID attendees in the field on Miners Bay
Photo credit: Michael Dunn


Some of the attendee's at Michael's presentation and many of those on the foray to Miners Bay were observers in the Active Pass IBA Project.

More information about this project and its 2010 annual report, complete comprehensive tables of observations can be found on the project page.



More Pictures

Andy takes the group
			 forest-trolling for fungi
Andy Mckinnon Talks & Walks
Out on a misty morning 
			practicing recognition skills
Field Trippers Walk & Listen
Ppl gather round to 
			inspect a sample
Attention Focused on a Fun Guy
Doug Biffard is 
			his name and intertidal ecology is his game
Doug Biffard Leads a Beach Party!
Pam Thuringer 
			talks about sandlance & their eggs
They're about THIS size - bit smaller?
For a record of Talks & Walks events from last year please visit our Program Archive page

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