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    HAT invites you to Haliburton Farm for the Sunset Serenade to celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd

    at 7:30pm 'til the frogs sing and the bats fly!

    Come tour the Haliburton Urban Biodiversity Project wetland and grassland restoration sites, samples some fabulous desserts, and stay to hear the beautiful spring chorus of the Pacific Chorus frog (Tree Frogs). Renowned bat expert Dr. Cori Lausen will be there to talk about the fascinating life of bats and (weather permitting) will demonstrate an echolocation recording device LIVE at the wetland!


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    Happy Holidays from everyone at Habitat Acquisition Trust! For the first time, HAT is offering the opportunity to give the gift of nature - a wonderful way to #givenature over the holidays and into the new year. 

    As HAT begins the Western Screech Owl Project, we are offering a gift certificate for the symbolic protection of Western Screech Owl Forest Habitat: 

    One parcel (city lot size = 8500 sq ft) for the cost of $50. 


  • HAT is thrilled to be nominated by a supporter for the Phillips Brewing Company Benefit Brew! The winner receives a portion of the proceeds from the sale of a delicious limited edition beer. The proceeds can be upwards of $10,000! HAT has been chosen for the Blackberry Hefeweizen - yum!

    Voting is open and you can vote once a day on each device (computer, smartphone, tablet, at the library, at work, everywhere!)

    Visit to vote! 

    Vote for HAT benefit brew - Flyer


  • Co-hosted with Lohbrunner Community Farm Co-operative, 24 eager participants attend this workshop and workparty event. Despite the cold and frosty morning, everyone was full of energy and excited to learn about propagation of native species that will help local ecosystem resiliency and overall wellbeing. Attendees learned how to prepare a site for a hedgerow planting next spring, and propagate Oceanspray, Pacific Ninebark and Black Twinberry from semi-hardwood, and Oceanspray from seed. We were grateful to have in attendance Ian McKenzie, an active longstanding Habitat Steward of the Bilston Creek watershed for decades, and he is back to join us for the Wildwood and Bilston Creek Wildlife Corridor Stewardship Program!

    For more information on these types of events, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling our office 250.995.2428. You can also sign up for the Fern, HAT's e-newsletter, and stay up-to-date with all of HAT and our partners' events around Southern Vancouver Island.

    Thank you to our funders of this project: EcoAction, Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, Sitka Foundation, and Metchosin Foundation. 


  • Are you passionate about pollinators and local food?

    As part of the Good Neighbours Program, we have recently launched the Hedgerows for Habitat Initiative, helping farmers create habitat for pollinators on the borders and fringes of the cultivated fields. We have partnered up with Lohbrunner Community Farm Co-op to create a habitat hedgerow corridor for our native pollinators in Langford - a quickly expanding community in need of pollinator-friendly spaces. This 60 metre (~200ft) line of native shrubs and perennial wildflowers were sourced from Saanich Native Plants Nursery. This site is in the Bilston Creek floodplain, and therefore is seasonally wet (sometimes underwater!) in the winter, so we chose plant species that are well-adapted to flooding conditions for part of the year.

    This video just gives you a sneak peek into the planting process. More videos to come!

    Thank you to our funders - EcoAction Community Fund and Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, and private donors like you. Find out how to support this and other initiatives:


    This video was created by the talented filmmaker Rodrigo Inostroza - find him on Instagram as @inomonke



  • My Internship with Habitat Acquisition Trust                                                                         

    by Caroline Merner       

    Fall has crept up quickly and I cannot help but reminisce about the amazing season I spent as the Outreach Intern for Habitat Acquisition Trust this summer.  At Thanksgiving, I contemplate why I am so grateful for having had this opportunity. This internship put the theory from my environmental studies at Dalhousie University into practice. Aside from being biology-based, I developed essential communication and outreach skills.

    Caroline Merner Senanus Island

    Caroline (front, centre) and other volunteers with HAT staff returning from Senanus Island


  • Poster04 HavenwoodAug292015Havenwood Park is a beautiful hidden greenspace in Colwood. Havenwood will be undergoing extensive restoration this fall, but for now it needs invasive species removal on the outcrops. Learn about restoring rare Garry Oak habitat, and lend a hand! Tools, training, coffee, and snacks provided. Please bring water, a lunch or snack, and gloves if you have them. Co-hosted by Friends of Havenwood Park.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 250-995-2428.

    Coffee at 9:30am, work begins at 10am. Meet at the gravel pull-out lot for Havenwood Park on Veteran's Memorial Parkway  - carpooling is available from Victoria.

    See location on Google Maps:


  • Join us on an adventure to Senanus Island

    Free Boat ride with T’sartlip Elders for volunteers restoring sacred Senanus Island

    Wednesday May 27 9am to 3pm

    On Wednesday May 27th - a crew of HAT volunteers and staff will join Peninsual Streams, Tsartlip First Nation members, and high school students from ȽÁU, WELṈEW̱ Tribal School for the ḰENNES (Hagan/Graham Creek, pronounced qua-nis) Watershed Project on the 10th Annual Senanus Island Restoration Day!

    Spots are limited, please call 250-995-2428 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to secure a spot on the boat to Senanus. The boat trips leaving from the Brentwood Lodge dock will begin at 9am. 

    We will be removing invasive blackberry, daphne and other species. Please bring water, sun protection, sturdy shoes, a lunch, gloves if you have them, and some energy!


  • Our last event was be held on Saturday, April 26 at Oak Haven Park in Brentwood Bay. We had Richard Hebda with us to lead a short “walk and talk” and saw the spring wild flowers which are just beautiful at this time of the year. Our work will focused on removing invasive species, mostly scotch broom. Morning coffee and snack was provided by Keating Coffee. It was a mix of good exercise, some nature education and excellent conversation.

    If you would like to join us for volunteer events, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 250.995.2428.

    Oak Haven Municipal Park is a 10-hectare rocky outcrop of endangered Garry Oak and associated ecosystems. Unique and beautiful, Garry Oak ecosystems are considered one of the three most threatened in Canada.

    HAT holds a Conservation Covenant on Oak Haven Park - a Central Saanich municipal park. Central Saanich asked HAT to register a covenant on the park to ensure that future generations would continue to respect and protect the rare Garry Oak meadows and wildflowers that give the park its name.



  • On Wednesday June 4th - a crew of 14 HAT volunteers and staff joined with Denis Coupland from Peninsual Streams, Tsartlip First Nation members, and high school students from ȽÁU, WELṈEW̱ Tribal School for the ḰENNES (Hagan/Graham Creek, pronounced qua-nis) Watershed Project on the 9th Annual Senanus Island Restoration Day!



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    Habitat Acquisition Trust and the Greater Victoria Green Team welcomes you to a day of restoration at Ruby Creek, along Witty's Lagoon. This is one of the covenants that HAT helps manage, so this event offers an opportunity to see a lovely area not usually open to the public.

    Lend a hand removing invasive plants with tools, training, snacks and refreshments provided by GVGT & HAT.

    Bring your lunch, weather-ready gear, water, and we'll bring the rest. Please note, we'll be tackling Laurel-daphne, so this particular trip won't be kid-friendly. Keep your eye on our events and sign up for our volunteer newsletter if you're keen on getting the little habitat stewards out and involved. Don't forget to RSVP at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    January 23 9:30 am to 2:00 pm - come for all or part of the day.

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    Location :Metchosin, RSVP for details (private property)
    Contact : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 250-995-2428


  • From time to time, HAT is lucky enough to include students in our projects. Today, we'd like to do a student highlight, and feature one of our student collaborators' projects from her perspective:

    Bryana conducting restoration on HAT's Prospect Lake Covenant


  • On January 24, a crew of 23 fantastic volunteers made a huge impact to the ecology of Oak Haven Park. Removing over 3 pick-up truck loads worth of invasive species, primarily Scotch Broom and Daphne Laurel, the native wildflowers in the open meadows of the park will have more sunlight for germination this coming spring. 

    Oak Haven Park is a Central Saanich 10.2 hectare hilltop park with a HAT Conservation Covenant in place to protect the Garry Oak ecosystems and other important ecological features.

    A big thank you to JJ's Coffee House (7088 W Saanich Rd, Brentwood Bay) for donating delicious coffee to our volunteers!


    This Event was made possible by TD Friends of the Environment Foundation


    See Photo Gallery


  • Sat Feb 21 2015: Galiano Restoration Day!

    A total of 26 HAT volunteers joined Paige and Wendy for a trip to Galiano Island to help maintain the special ecology of Trincomali Nature Sanctuary.

    After removing invasive broom for the past 3 years, Covenants Coordinator Wendy had several keen folks help plant 150 native species in the cleared areas.

    We even got a tour of the new Galiano Conservancy Association Learning Centre currently being developed by volunteers, thanks to Jenna Falk and Ken Millard, as well as Keith Erickson and Kate Emmings.

    A big thanks to Jubilee Moka House for donating the coffee!

    See Photo Gallery here


    This project is made possible by Islands Trust Fund and TD Friends of Environment Foundation



  • smaller version group Havenwood 14March2015Success! Restoring Havenwood Park

    Our mighty volunteers came out in rain and wind to battle English Holly and Daphne at Havenwood Park! We only had a few hours, until the wind storm forced us to leave the site!

    Thanks to all our volunteers for their hard work including folks from the newly formed Friends of Havenwood Park and the Greater Victoria Green Team!

    Also, a huge thanks goes out to Evedar's Bistro for once again providing yummy cake and hot coffee, which were a major treat in the cold weather! Another thanks to Councillor Cynthia Day for coming out to support our event!

     See the Photo Album here


  • March 28 9:30 to 2 | Habitat Restoration in Havenwood Park, ColwoodHavenwoodMarch282015

    Please come and join HAT for a day of invasive species removal at Havenwood Park. We are continuing the battle of the weeds, with a focus on daphne, English holly and Scotch broom.

    Coffee, water & tools are provided. Please bring gloves, water bottle, a lunch and if you love to bake... treats to share!

    Work begins at 10am, after 30 minute orientation with coffee. Drop-ins welcome!

    Please RSVP or to secure a carpool spot, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 250-995-2428. Contact HAT  for information on our events with HAT.

    Map Location here - we will meet at the Veteran's Memorial Pkwy entrance, you will see it on the right hand side of the road. Look for HAT Volunteer Signs


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    HAT is restoring a section of Tod Creek to benefit the watershed downstream!

    HAT Land Care Coordinator Todd Carnahan trained participants in riparian habitat, species identification, planting skills, and invasive management. Learn about how our local farmers are working to restore the creek as part of the Good Neighbours Program Habitat Acquisition Trust volunteers, local neighbours and farmers had some family-friendly tree planting and streamside restoration

     on Saturday October 18th.

    We hosted the Greater Victoria Green Team who were so helpful and a great enthusiastic group of individuals!


  • Caroline Merner - Copy smallIn the Field or Office: Interested in joining us outdoors each month to maintain and restore habitat on our protected lands? Or, how about in helping with fundraising events, GIS mapping, photography, or other activities? Contact us with your interests and we’ll try to match you up with our current volunteer needs! Or sign up for our e-news on our website to receive updates about restoration, office, or other volunteer opportunities.

    Upcoming Restoration Events:

    To sign up for an event or find out more information, call 250-995-2428 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


  • Habitat Acquisition Trust is continuing an active program of conservation initiatives, including the restoration of valuable public and private land under conservation covenants.

    We will be hosting a habitat restoration work party at Havenwood Park in Colwood on Saturday May 24, starting at 10:00 am, meeting at the parking lot off of Veteran’s Memorial.  We'll provide morning coffee and snack to get you going, you just need to bring your own lunch.  We also hope to have a short "walk and talk" at the beginning. The attached poster and letter has more information and to share with your fellow restorationists.

    If you can join us kindly RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 250 995 2428 and we will happily respond with detailed directions with a map and help with rides or carpooling.

    The park is looking beautiful now with an array of spring wild flowers.  Hope to see you on the 24th! See poster below.


  • Saturday January 24: Oak Haven Park Restoration 1/2 day

    9:30am to 2:00pm

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  • Wildwood Watershed Landowners Learn Frog-Friendly Creek Stewardship

    By Paige Erickson-McGee & Wendy Tyrrell

    On November 30, 2018, HAT hosted the workshop Creating Frog Friendly Spaces with Native Plantsaimed toward landowners with creeks or wetland areas on their properties. HAT was thrilled to have 22 registered workshop participants, including 10 Habitat Stewards in the Wildwood Creek Watershed. The workshop was held on a HAT Conservation Covenant property in Metchosin where the landowner is also a Habitat Steward with the Good Neighbours Program.


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