Have you ever found yourself in nature, contemplating its history? Photo monitoring offers a glimpse into the past, capturing the same spot over the years. It’s a tool that helps us answer questions like, “How long did these trees take to grow?” and, “Is Scotch broom re-sprouting after removal?” Currently, the Mayne Conservancy has set up this program in Henderson Park and the Hedgerow forest and wetland, allowing us to witness the progress of these restoration sites.

Coming to work here this April, I had no idea how far along these sites had come. I want to share this with the public, as I found it so interesting and inspiring to watch these sites flourish into diverse ecosystems. It shows the difference the Conservancy is making. These photos will give future Mayne Islanders context and allow them a look into the past.

Henderson Park Photo Monitoring Sites

Henderson Park photo monitoring has been taking place every two years since 2010. I hope to return in decades to come and see towering trees with rich understories.

Click the arrows in the slideshows below to see how monitoring areas have changed over the years.

Hedgerow Farm Photo Monitoring Sites

Hedgerow forest and wetland photo monitoring has been taking place every year since 2019. The photos within the forests, along with vegetation surveys, allow us to track how sites are growing within fenced areas compared to unfenced areas that are subject to deer browse.

Click the arrows in the slideshows below to see how monitoring areas have changed over the years.

The wetland area within Hedgerow has transformed from a hay field to a wetland that provides fresh water and a habitat for wildlife. It’s a peaceful world in the wetland, with blackbirds chatting away, dragonflies zooming around, ducklings, and tadpoles. You can read more about the value of wetlands and the goals of this restoration project in Rob’s article, The Value of Wetlands – Mayne Island Conservancy (mayneconservancy.ca). Stay tuned for some awesome drone video footage that was captured this season.

Please enjoy the following B-roll photos from our survey days.

If you are interested in volunteering with our habitat restoration projects, please email info@mayneconservancy.ca so we can add you to our mailing list for restoration events. Our work at Henderson Community Park, Hedgerow Wetland, St. John Point Regional Park, and Bennett Bay would not be possible without the amazing help of community volunteers.


alice · July 6, 2024 at 7:53 am

Really enjoyed the photo series. Sure gets the “picture” across!

    Tamara Bonsdorf · July 8, 2024 at 3:28 pm

    Thanks Alice! It’s nice to “focus” on positive stories.

Danielle · July 8, 2024 at 5:24 am

Amazing to see the transformation over the years. Thank you for the hard work and for sharing the results. Everything looks so healthy and vibrant.

    Rob Underhill · July 8, 2024 at 10:40 am

    Thanks Danielle! It’s been very rewarding to see the recovery of vegetation at Henderson Park and the changes in the wetland.

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