Mayne Island Conservancy Society


The Georgina Point Lighthouse Lighthouse Park from the Point.
Photo credit: Toby Snelgrove

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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

Native Plant Nursery Yard Sale  

On Saturday September 27th The Conservancy will not only have their usual tables at the farmers market but we will also be mounting a season end display and sale of native plants from our nursery on the front lawn of the Root Seller (our office address) at 478 Village Bay Road: more ...

Field Work for Broom Team  

Our restoration teams will be out at Hederson Hill on 27th to repair or replace damaged or missing browse protection cones. They will be tackling old growth of scotch broom as well cutting new growth in previuosly managed areas. More here

Western Bluebird Restoration  

Last week marked the official end of the 2014 field season for the Bring Back the Bluebirds Project. With 4 families leaving their nesting territories several days earlier than expected, and a 5th showing a decreasing interest ...more

Conversation on Kinder Morgan

MICS has been granted permission to be a commenter at the National Energy Board hearings re the proposed Trans Mountain Pipeline Extension (Kinder Morgan.) The deadline for submission was September 9 up until a day or so ago and has now been extended to March 16, 2015 because Kinder Morgan wants to change the route of the pipelines. We want to hear from the community, your views on the potential environmental and socio-economic effects of marine shipping activities that would result from the proposed project, including the potential effects of accidents or malfunctions that may occur. To this end MICS and Mayne Island Coastal Watch, who also have commenter status, sponsored a COMMUNITY CONVERSATION about the consequences of increased oil-tanker traffic in the Salish Sea on Wednesday August 6th at the Ag Hall. Eighteen people attended, some to learn more, soe with information ans some with constructive comments that will be useful in shaping our letter.

Active Pass Arts Festival 2015  

The Mayne Island Conservancy is a joint sponsor of this event which is planned for April 2015. We will be adding notes about plans, as they develop, and sharing social media, web site links & contact info. Meantime here is a Press Release which gives a great overview of the organizers' intentions.

Walkabouts with the Conservancy Still Available

As Summer comes to an end we want to let you know that the Mayne Island Conservancy continues to offer free walkabouts. We have been scheduling one walkabout a week over the last couple of months..

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.

Nature Photo Contest Closed

The entries are all in! The Mayne Island Conservancy Society's Nature Photo Contest closed on August 31st, 2014. All entries received before midnight on that day will go to the judges panel shortly. Watch for announcements on our Facebook page. To see what you missed, full details are 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 2014 we were pleased to welcome Olivia Gray and Laura Adlakha as our summer interns; they have both now returned to their UBC studies. They will be missed!

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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