Cutters Gallery: Community broom bash - April, 2009
Photo credit: Bill Warning
Introduction to the Conservancy Projects
The Mayne Island Conservancy was born out of a community desire to protect the lands on Mount Park and very quickly expanded its field of interest to include general environmental conservation via the elimination of invasive plant species and the protection and promotion of the native ecologies of the island. Hence the formation of the Broom Action Team as our first "Project," which was an all volunteer effort but with the encouragement of Mayne Island Parks and Recreation Committee the need for funding was minimal. Nonetheless some of our early donors wished that their donations be dedicated to the removal of broom and other invasive species.
Today all the Society's projects attract dedicated funding from individuals and agencies and we report on them in this way in our business plans and in these pages. A short overview of each project appears here. More information is available via links in the body of the page or through the "Project Quick Links" on the sidebar.
The 2010 Shoreline Care Project will monitor the status of the Eelgrass Beds
mapped in 2008-9 and build on last year's successful search for Sand Lance
eggs, expanding the Society's mapping activities to the Kelp Forests and adding Surf Smelt to the list of "Forage Fish" to be documented.
For more information on the Shoreline Carel Project please visit the Shoreline Care page
Pictured - Project Contractors for Shoreline & Henderson: Chris Fretwell, Zoe Cocker, & Miriam Isaac-Renton with Executive Director, Leanna Boyer
The Mayne Island Community Stewardship Program, partially the by-product of formal community sustainability planning, is geared towards building capacity within the Mayne Island community to be active stewards of Mayne Island's ecosystems. The program includes a series of workshops and demonstrations designed to help community members get to know their island better, followed by a full season of walkabout tours on island properties. The program also involves developing a set of species home-range maps for Mayne, the establishment of a small native plants nursery, and activities with the children at the Mayne School.
The vehicle for some of these stewardship activities is to be found in the "Henderson Park Restoration Plan" which is available in the Library. Native plant restoration and the removal of invasive species is a key part of these plans and thus the park activities will be an example of stewardship that might be put into practice elsewhere in the community and at the individual level. Accordingly the Mayne Island Community Stewardship Plan encompasses Sustainability Planning, Landowner Stewardship and the Broom Action Team
For more information on this project please visit the Community Stewardship page
Active Pass was designated an Important Bird Area because it supports significant numbers of two species of waterbirds over winter (Pacific Loon and Brandt's Cormorant) and supports populations of a third species during the fall and spring migration (Bonaparte's Gull). As well, up to ten pairs of Bald Eagles nest along the shores of the IBA, and upwards of 100 eagles occasionally forage here in the winter months. In all, there are about 40 species of marine and marine associated birds that regularly use Active Pass at some time in their annual life cycle.
For more information on the Important Bird Area Project please visit the IBA page