Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary

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Introducing our New Board Member: 
Robin June Hood (Director) First Nations Liaisons



Robin is a cultural geographer, educator, filmmaker and activist/academic. She worked for several years in Latin America supporting Mayan efforts to strengthen indigenous knowledge traditions, and secure cultural survival. During 25 years as an international development consultant and educator she has focused on protecting endangered peoples and landscapes and creating strategies for educational renewal. Robin completed a post doctorate position at the University on cultural keystone species research using digital storytelling. Robin was the co founder of the Global Village Store, Youth Speaks, the Gaia Project, and Gumboot Productions. She was on the Rainforest Solutions team that crafted the landmark Great Bear Rainforest Agreement. Her recent bookFor the Love of Nature: Solutions for Biodiversity was published in 2010. Robin was the Director of the Community Based Research Institute at Vancouver Island University until 2011.


Stewardship Work


The GVGS is now a member of the BC Lake Stewardship Society


The Broom Bash Success

As part of Invasive Species Month, the Greater Victoria Green Team spent a good part of a Sunday helping to restore the ecologically diverse Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary!
We removed 14 cubic metres of invasive Scotch Broom and some Himalayan Blackberry!

So grateful for these enthusiastic volunteers.
Thank you! Greater Victoria Green Team



Haley Glass a graduate student at the University of Calgary returned again this year
to study newts in and around Mary Lake


H.A.T. our Conservation Partner


An acoustic recorder was placed by H.A.T. among the owl boxes and it recorded
forest sounds from 6 to midnight in late April early May (2 weeks)
No screech owls heard, but a northern pygmy owl was calling quite close by. A good sign.


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Mary Lake Nature Sanctuary

1772 Millstream Rd,
Victoria, BC V9B 6E4

Greater Victoria Greenbelt Society

499 Millstream Lake Rd.
Victoria, BC. V9B 6H5
Registered Charity BN: 11894 6953 RR0001

WSÁNEC Coast Salish

Mary Lake lies within the traditional territories of the WSÁNEC (Saanich) Coast Salish Peoples.

​We recognize the integral role the ancestors of the WSÁNEC Coast Salish Peoples have played as past stewards of the Mary Lake and Highlands lands.

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