Mayne Island Conservancy Society


  • Georgina Point Lighthouse Mission Statement
    The Mayne Island Conservancy Society fosters harmony between nature and community on Mayne Island BC.
  • View from Halliday Ridge How You Can Help
    Help our continuing mission on Mayne Island by becoming a member, making a one-time or recurring donation, or volunteering to assist in the execution of our projects. ...Or all of the above!
  • May Day Celebrations on Mayne Program of Events
    We do May Day Celebrations, support the Farmers Market & Fall Fair, show movies, run workshops, sponsor speaker evenings & co-sponsor community events.
  • Volunteers count eelgrass shoots in a transect square Shoreline Care
    The Shoreline Care Program began in 2009 to raise awareness about the marine life that surrounds Mayne Island.
  • A Volunteer removes Scotch Broom on Henderson Hill Community Park Caring for the Land
    The Mayne Island Conservation Action Program is geared towards building capacity within the Mayne Island community to be active stewards of Mayne Island's ecosystems.

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

Pipelines, Power & Democracy Movie Night: Fri Oct 28 Ag Hall 7:30pm

Jointly sponsored by the Conservancy and the Mayne Island Library - The expansion of Canada’s oil sands industry, one of the most polluting on the planet, represents a huge environmental challenge. And, as the documentary Pipelines, Power and Democracy makes clear, when it comes to fossil fuels, political power doesn’t always lie where we think it does. More info here.

Christmas Bird Count - Saturday December 17th  

Information on how to participate in this year's Bird Count is on our Birding page. This fun and healthy event has been happening on Mayne Island for the last 40 years. Novice "counters" are welcome!

Moss Identification - November 26th, 10:00 am to 4:30 pm  

Workshop with Dr. Terry McIntosh will be a two part exercise - workshop at the MICS office and an afternoon field trip. Lunch is included . More on our Talks & Walks page. Advance reservations needed due to limited space

Community Oil Spill Response Forum - November 5th, 1:00 pm - 4:15 pm  

We be will hosting a workshop at the Ag Hall concerning planning for oil spill response in local waters. Representatives of the West Coast Marine Response Corporation will be in attendance. For more information and agenda timing click here.

Mushroom Day - Sunday October 30th, 2016 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Stephanie Hurst will lead this year's "mushroom workshop" in the Ag Hall. Come for an entertaining talk on all things fungal and bring any mysteries in for an ID session - more here.

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.

Photo Contest 2016  

The 2016 Photo Nature Contest is now closed and the winners announced. Thanks to all our entrants and the judges for a job well done. Go to the Results page for links to the images that will appear in the 2017 Nature Calendar, now in preparation.

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.

Remote Sensing Lab Studies

Eelgrass studies undertaken by the Spectral Remote Sensing Lab at UVic are ongoing using High Angle UAV's. Surveys are taking place on Mayne Island at the end of June 2016. Our Facebook page has the story and results can be found on the UVic project page as they become available.

The University of Victoria Kelp Study

A paper entitled "Spatial temporal extent of bull kelp..floating canopies.." on the west coast carried out at UVic has been published. It is worth noting that the Conservancy's annual kelp surveys have been used in ground-truthing the results of satellite based photography. Needless to say we are delighted that our work continues to be useful in so many ways. Find a link to the study here

Welcome to the Conservancy's 2016 Ecosystems Interns

In the second week of May Stephanie Hurst and Grayson Mortimer joined our staff to help move our projects forward during the summer months. They will be much in evidence at our volunteer work parties at Henderson Hill Community Park, and Bennett Bay as well as on the Farmers Market days and other MICS events. We are delighted to have Stephanie and Grayson with us until the beginning of September. There is more about them on the Board and Staff page

Endowment Fund

MICS is pleased to announce our 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..

Ecological Gifts Certification

The Mayne Island Conservancy is pleased to announce that it has been approved as an eligible recipient of Environment Canada's Ecological Gifts. The approval process has been quite rigorous and its successful conclusion speaks to the stability and capabilities of our organization.

Canada’s Ecological Gifts Program (EGP) provides a way for Canadians who own ecologically sensitive land to protect nature and leave a legacy for future generations. Made possible by the provisions of the Income Tax Act of Canada,the program offers significant tax benefits to landowners who donate land, or an eligible interest or right in land, to a qualified recipient. Outside the Province of Quebec, eligible interests in land are constituted of covenants or conservation easements and can be donated to the program. The eligible right in land considered by the EGP for a donation in the Province of Quebec is a real servitude. Recipients ensure that the land’s biodiversity and environmental heritage are conserved in perpetuity.
More about this program may be found on Environment Canada's web site

Wetlands Report Completed

Our Wetland Mapping and Restoration Pilot Project is now complete and a final report has been written - click the cover image to the right to read the illustrated full report in .pdf format.

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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