Public help needed to find bat roosts and count bats.

Spring is here and bats are returning to summer roost sites. One of our more familiar species in buildings and bat boxes is the Little Brown Myotis. Like all BC bats, the Little Brown Myotis is an essential part of our ecology, consuming many insect pests each night. Unfortunately, the Little Brown Myotis is now endangered in Canada. In fact, bats in BC suffer from many threats, and almost half of our 15 species are ‘at-risk’.

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The Victoria Harbour Migratory Bird Sanctuary and HAT's Matson Conservation Area

You can walk the length of Victoria’s bustling harbour where the sea meets the land, but the only place you’ll find the once plentiful Garry Oak ecosystem there is at the Matson Conservation Area. Head down the Westsong Walkway from the direction of Westbay Marina, Esquimalt and you will find this precious protected place. This conservation covenanted land is bisected by a great elevated staircase, designed to provide passage but not trampling for people above and native species below. Overlooking the natural scene is Swallow’s Landing, a testament to how development and conservation don’t have to be at odds. Joggers, birdwatchers, photographers, and visitors from around the world often enjoy the Matson Lands.

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Pathfinder Bat House Build

More often than not the incredible work of habitat creation and stewardship initiatives come from within our local communities. When this happens all we can do at HAT is smile with joy and share their story with the world. Here is the story of a small group coming together to accomplish big work written by Jill Marchand, Contact Guider.

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National Volunteer Week, Day 5 - Liz Belcher

The final day of our volunteer appreciation posts celebrating National Volunteer Week comes from HAT's Executive Director Katie Blake who would like to regonize HAT board member Liz Belcher for her considerable and deep involvement with HAT, and with conservation and restoration around Southern Vancouver Island.
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