Formed in 2003,the Mayne Island Conservancy 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. The Conservancy also works to provide expert advice to government bodies on the ecosystems of Mayne Island.
The Community-Based 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. A broad section of the community will be reached by inviting participation in friendly photo and Biggest Tree contests. Training workshops, beach walks, school field trips and volunteer opportunities will equip community members with knowledge and the tools to take conservation actions.
The Mayne Island Conservancy Society will lead on the ground action such as an early detection rapid response program for the management of invasive species. This resource efficient management style focuses on detecting invasive species introductions quickly and applying management action while the extent of the spread is small. Some invasive species such as giant hogweed, gorse, and Japanese knotweed represent a danger to public health, park access, and infrastructure. 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.
Greenangels is pleased to support this very worthwhile organization.
Read the email sent by Rob Underhill regarding the school project that is currently underway.
“Hi Dave & Ina,
I wanted to give you and the rest of the Green Angels an update on the MICS school program and the great educational programming we have been able to do thanks to the help from the Green Angels! We’ve been developing lessons with a biological focus and teaching them to the Mayne School students. Recently I taught a lesson to the K-4 class on exploring nature with the five senses. We talked about how different animals rely on different senses depending on their environment, including the echolocation of bats and the amazing fish finding whiskers of seals. Next week we’ll be learning about ethnobotany and some of the different ways local first nations used Mayne Island plants.
With the 5-8 class we’ve been learning 3 billion years of Earth’s natural history! From early life such as photosynthetic cyanobacteria that enriched the Earth’s atmosphere with oxygen to the dominance of land life by reptiles. To illustrate the long time-scales involved, we walked through time over 3,000m with each meter representing a 1 million year step backwards in time. We’ll continue the learning adventure until the end of the school year, with new topics and lessons on the way.
A big thanks to all the hard working buckers, choppers, movers, and organizers with the Green Angels, keep up the great work!”
Mayne Island Conservancy Society