Mayne Island Conservancy News Conservation related news and important web site updates from the Mayne Island Conservancy Society Baillie Birdathon - Mayne Island Results Micharl Dunn Reports on the 2011 Bird Count: "On Thursday May 19th, I did my annual spring bird blitz for the Baillie Birdathon. Incredibly I was able to tally 74 species this year. I was rewarded with seeing a Yellow Warbler which I have not seen for quite a few years; also Surf Scoters and Harlequin Ducks in molting plumage...." More details, follow the link May Day Report 2011 Because of the May Day date we were not able to make the Mayneliner June deadline, as a result, and having regard to the "signature" nature of the event in the Conservancy's year, we are reproducing Maggi Cheetham's May Day Report in full. "The Mayne Island Conservancy's May Day Festival was held on Saturday May 21st. In spite of the inclement weather people were decked out in their very best and we had great fun. There were more little fairies than ever plus we had one tiger - a first in our event. What a show of finery and fantasy....." Read the rest of the story and and check out some pictures at the link Earth Week Beach Clean-up - April 17, 2011 - Full Report Wow!! We did it again! More debris, more crab floats and more 'interesting treasures! 135 volunteers turned out: 40 school kids with 9 staff and parents on Thursday to clean up Miners Bay, and 86 other community members 'crewed' 15 or more of our other beaches on Sunday. Congratulations to all-especially the 10 Beach Captains! And the sun shone! Our total haul was 2,915 pounds or 1322 kilograms. Although materials were all weighed, the category numbers must be considered estimates as much material was co-mingled. The comparative total figures from 2010 were 2,594 lb or1177 kg. More details and pictures at link H.A.T. is Calling all Citizen Scientists! Spring is here: the wildflower meadows are getting ready to burst, and the songbirds are trilling with all their might. This is when the Sharp-tailed Snake is most active, seeking out meals of molluscs when the ground is wet, but warming. Western Painted Turtles are waking too. More at link Journey Below the Surface is Back On Due to a confusion about ferry times to Mayne, the previously announced cancellation of this April 16th 'Conservation Talk' is void The talk is back on as originally scheduled . Many apologies - we do, after all, look forward to Doug Biffard and his Below the Surface world. Journey Below the Surface is Cancelled Due to unforseen circumstances this April 16th 'Conservation Talk' has been cancelled. We hope to be able to reschedule this interesting evening with Doug Biffard and the Below the Surface world. Journey Below the Surface Due to unforseen circumstances this April 16th 'Conservation Talk' has been cancelled. We hope to be able to reschedule this interesting evening with Doug Biffard and the Below the Surface world. Marine Atlas and Data Library Published The British Columbia Marine Conservation Analysis (BCMCA) is a collaborative project designed to provide information about marine biodiversity and human activity in BC's marine waters. With the creation of a comprehensive atlas and in-depth analysis, they are providing tools to help inform decisions about ocean management. They have just published their updated marine atlas and data library. The Mayne Island Conservancy Society's Eelgrass Mapping Project contributed data to this important repository for marine research of all kinds. Active Pass Important Bird Area - 2010 Report An excerpt from the report, authored by Michael Dunn and Mike Hoebel, has been published on the MICS IBA Project page together with a link to the original document AGM Guest Speaker and his Presentation Froggy Festivities and Salamandrid Shindigs: Spring Stirrings in the Amphibian World - advance notice of David Cunnington's talk at the MICS Annual General Meeting Gulf Islands National Park Reserve Speaker Event Plants & Mammals & Birds - Oh My! Invasive species such as Himalayan blackberry, fallow deer, and non-migratory Canada geese have had devastating effects on the unique ecosystems of this region. The Henderson Park project's restoration aims for 2011 Action plans for 2011 are now published on the Henderson Park Resoration Project page and the various descriptive and news sections of the page have been updated to reflect the achievements of the past year Sand Lance Spawning Video Here is the FIRST underwater video of Pacific Sand Lance spawning in B.C., shot by "Amphibiographer" and posted on You Tube MICS CONTRACTED BY PARKS CANADA Mayne Island Conservancy to prepare a Restoration Plan for Bennett Bay FIELD GUIDE TO COASTAL B.C.'S RARE SPECIES NOW AVAILABLE ON-LINE British Columbia's Coast Region: Species and Ecosystems of Conservation Concern MICS RECEIVES A DONATION FROM THE TD BANK The TD Bank Friends of the Environment donate $4500 to the Henderson Hill Restoration Project SOFTSHORES FOR SHORELINE CARE MICS Offers a Shoreline Workshop featuring Doug Biffard & Nikki Wright.on Sat Feb 19th MAYNE ISLAND CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT Michael Dunn Reports on the 2010 Christmas Bird Count on Mayne. LTABC ANNOUNCES ANNUAL SEMINAR SERIES Land Trust Alliance of BC's Annual Conservation and Stewardship Seminar Series GOERT ANNOUNCES RESEARCH COLLOQUIUM It's time to mark your calendars for Friday, February 11th, 2011 for the 8th annual GOERT Research Colloquium!