Mayne Island Conservancy Society


Welcome to the Mayne Island Conservancy Society (MICS). Formed in 2003, our mission is to foster harmony between nature and community on Mayne Island BC. Staff and volunteers further this mission through offering general education and hands-on experiences for Mayne Island residents and visitors related to preserving the ecological integrity of the island for future generations. We also work to provide expert advice to government bodies on the ecosystems of Mayne Island.

Please browse our site to find out more information about our education and stewardship activities, our events and projects, information on ecological issues and also how you can help us with our mission. If you have any comments or questions you can contact us via phone (250-539-5168), email (, or pop by our office at 478 Village Bay Rd.

News and Announcements from The Conservancy

Spring Plant Sale - Saturday, April 22nd 10:00 am - 1:00 pm on the Ag Hall Grounds 

Spring is finally arriving in the native plant nursery. Most species are just waking up, while some such as camas and Indian plum show up as bursts of spring green. The lazy bones red-osier dogwood and big-leaf maple slumber on. Latest pictures from our Native Plant Nursery are posted on our Facebook page

For more on the Conservancy's Nursery please click here

Announcing Our Community Survey - The Conservancy Needs Your Feedback 

MICS is growing, and we'd like your input. Please take a minute to answer a dozen or so questions about our programs, communications, and future direction. Please click here to go to our survey page. We really appreciate your input and we'll share the community's insights with you when the results are available.

Silent Auction for St. John Point  

Many thanks are due to Alvan Maxwell and friends for organizing a marine themed auction of donated items, the entire proceeds of which benefited "Save St. John Point." Bidding is now closed and seven buyers have their marine treasures! So also thanks to both the donors and the successful bidders. The campaign is $1,575 closer to its target.

Priority Ecosystems Restoration Project

2017 sees the ramping up of our priority ecosystems project as a result of funding from Environment Canada's Ecoaction Program, the Victoria Foundation, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, The Province of British Columbia, and the Mayne Island Parks and Recreation Commission; we are most grateful for their support. Briefly the project will contribute to the long term conservation of four designated Sensitive Ecosystems on Mayne Island - Woodland, Herbaceous, Cliff, and Mature Forest. A fuller description of the project and ongoing notes about developments visit our Priority Ecosystems page.

Suppers & Soirées for St. John Point&  

Astrid Bellem of Astrid's Kitchen and others are hosting a series of community feasts to help raise funds for the Mayne Island Conservancy's Save St. John Point Campaign. Many thanks to those involved in this wonderful community initiative! Dates, times, venue and menus are posted here as well as the number to call to make your reservation - seating limited!

Festival Active Pass will be hosted on Mayne Island in 2017!

The third annual Festival Active Pass 2017 will be held on Mayne Island April 21 to 23, 2017 and planning is well underway. There will be something for everyone - from free events to special excursions that will take festival goers to memorable places in the Southern Gulf Islands. More about this year's Festival please click here

Guided Walks on St. John Point 

Response to the Save St. John Point campaign has been excellent, particularly from the Mayne Island community. And while some of us are familiar with the beautiful and nearly-wild peninsula, many others have requested a chance to walk the point, see the beauty of its shores and forests, and get to know the precious natural and cultural resource that we are working to conserve forever.

To that end, Mayne Island Conservancy Society has been granted permission from the property owners to lead guided walks on Sunday mornings - just a few things to note:

  1. Access to the property is through these guided walks only. The land remains privately owned, and as good neighbours we intend to respect the owners' wishes.
  2. Mayne Island Conservancy has secured a special extension on our insurance to cover group visits within these parameters only.
  3. Group size is limited. In order to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for all, we are limiting each group to 16 participants. Please RSVP in advance using the link below.
  4. Visits are free of charge; we will be asking for a donation to cover the cost of the bus service.
  5. There is no parking at St. John Point. Guided walks will meet at the Mayne Island Conservancy Society Office in Miners Bay, and proceed by bus from there.
For the Sunday dates and to sign up for a particular walk please follow this link

St. John Point

The Board of Directors of MICS have been working diligently over that last few months to prepare for the major announcement that the Conservancy, the Mayne Island Community and environmental groups and individuals across BC and the country have an opportunity to Save St. John Point for public use. On Saturday Deceber 3rd a very enthusiastic crowd of 75 or so Islanders & Visitors welcomed the news and many promised to support our fund raising efforts over the next few months - at the right Sandy Tassel representing American Friends of Canadian Land Trusts talks to the group about the opportunity.

Do We Know Where Our Bats Are?

Over the Summer we have made small beginnings with a project that monitors the local bat population, colony by colony. This is part of a province- wide effort to evaluate emerging threats to bat populations. Descriptions of our efforts in this direction will be reported here.

Eelgrass & Henderson Park videos  

One small part of Grayson Mortimer's Summer Intern tasks was to create updated information videos for the Conservancy. This work is now done and we are very pleased with the results which are now posted on our You Tube channel - one documenting the Eelgrass Monitoring Project and the other carrying a description of the progress achieved on Henderson Hill. Do check them out.

Endowment Fund

MICS is pleased to announce the creation of an endowment fund, managed by the Victoria Foundation. This registered charity accepts donations and bequests that donors can direct to support a specific charity - like MICS - with a permanent, secure, income-generating endowment. ..more..

Book "Walkabouts with the Conservancy" for 2017  

The Mayne Island Conservancy continues to offer free walkabouts - a source of valuable knowledge and insights for the landholder.. We can offer information on a variety of topics, including:

  • Plants, bird species, and ecology of your property
  • Native plants that are well-suited to your conditions
  • Re-vegetation of disturbed areas
  • Covenants and other land-protection measures
To find out more, please contact us at 250-539-5168, by email at, or come by our office at 478 Village Bay Rd. (the old Root Seller Building). Walkabouts are important part of this year's Conservation Action & Community Stewardship project and a few more details appear here.

Conservation Action

The Community-Based Conservation Action Project will empower community members to take conservation actions where they live. Often people unwittingly disturb sensitive ecosystems and given the knowledge would act differently. Conservation, restoration, education and volunteer actions will target sensitive ecosystems including wetlands, marine riparian and Garry Oak ecosystems.

The Mayne Island Conservancy Society will lead on the ground action such as an early detection of, and rapid response to the emergence of invasive plants such as giant hogweed, gorse, and Japanese knotweed. These species represent a danger to public health, park access, and infrastructure, and due to the island nature of Mayne and the small number of infestations, these species can be successfully eradicated from the island before they spread.

Schools Program

Thanks to funding from Environment Canada and recently the Green Angels Wood Choppers, the MICS has been working with the Mayne School to develop and deliver educational programing with a biological focus.

To read about topics introduced to the K to 8 children at the Mayne School click here.

Native Plant Nursery

Mayne Island Conservancy has created a native plant nursery. Now that it's third growing season the goal of this project of providing native plants for restoration projects is being achieved. Further we are able to offer seedlings and well started plants to those interested in native flora. Click here to see what plants we have for sale and to learn more about this project.

If you want to know more about the variety and beauty of native plants you would do well to vist our Facebook page regularly to look at the photographs and comments appearing in our Native Plant of the Week series.

Thanks to Supporting Agencies & Individuals

The Mayne Island Conservancy Society would like to thank the agencies that have played a part in advancing our Shoreline Care project, and the conduct of this year's Conservation Action component of the Mayne Island Community Stewardship program:

Edith Point - Photo: Rob Underhill
The Lower Footpath: Edith Point
- Rob Underhill
  • Mayne Island Parks & Recreation Commission   

  • Capital Regional District     

  • TD Friends of the Environment     

  • Environment Canada's EcoAction    

  • Government of British Columbia   

  • Green Angels Woodchoppers

  • Victoria Foundation      
  • Public Assistance Conservation Fund                        
  • Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation                        

For a complete list of those groups and corporations that have assisted the Mayne Island Conservancy Society financially and to learn about our project partners please visit our Supporters page. We also offer particular thanks to our individual donors and members who do so much to propel the organization with their enthusiasm and generosity. If you would like to join the Mayne Island Conservancy Society - dues $5.00 per year - or assist in any other way, an on-line form can be found on our How You Can Help page.

Staff & Volunteers

From time to time the Society hires staff, some under contract, to assist with the execution of projects and day to day administrative functions - pictured at right: the summer 2012 staff roster: Leanna Boyer, Rob Underhill and Rheanna Drennan at the MICS display at the Fall Fair. Current employees are featured on our Board and Staff page. For 2016 we are pleased to welcome Stephanie Hurst and Grayson Mortimer as our multi-talented summer interns.

There are many opportunities to be involved in the Conservancy's projects. At the beginning of the year we will be most active in the Stewardship arena. For information on how you might participate visit the project's Community Involvement page. In the Spring there will be a need for assistance with Shoreline Care as well. Meanwhile contact information and details of specific volunteer activities are to be found here

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