Nature Literature and Living with the Land: Perspectives from the Haig-Brown Family

Mary Haig Brown Volunteer CounterA writer, fisherman, and conservationist, now recognized as a National Historic Figure for Canada, Roderick Haig-Brown said this about conservation:

"I have been, all my life, what is known as a conservationist. It seems clear beyond possibility of argument that any given generation of men can have only lease, not ownership, of the earth; and one essential term of the lease is that the earth be handed down to the next generation with unimpaired potentialities. This is the conservationist’s concern."

We spoke with the late Mr. Haig-Brown's daughter Mary about her family's involvement in protecting nature and about her father's inspiring writings. Mary Haig-Brown a HAT supporter and Habitat Steward not only protects important space for wildlife on her land, but also takes the lead actively volunteering with Friends of Tod Creek Watershed alongside Peninsula Streams Society for the restoration of Todd Creek.

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February Volunteer Spotlight Recognizing Margaret How and James Chapman

Margaret How and James Chapman at MatsonThis month HAT would like to recognize the inspiring volunteerism of Margaret How and James Chapman.

When we asked the HAT staff, who should we shine the spotlight on to say thank you to next? HAT Biologist Kristiina Ovaska instantly chimed in, "these two! They're at every event I've organized."

If you've been out volunteering with us there's a good chance you've met James and Margaret. We asked these two to share something about themselves that you may not already know.

Margaret says, "I have become passionate about nature here and it extends to restoring wood furniture rather than it becoming garbage."

James says, "I moved to Victoria in 1984 from the Peace River Country. I love animals and cartoons."

Margaret and James come together for conservation, time after time.
That kind of regular commitment is certainly something to praise. In fact, we'll be seeing them both at Habitat Acquisition Trust's first restoration event of the season in only a short while. Margaret also selflessly volunteered her time to set-up the AGM that so many guests enjoyed.

"Volunteering with HAT and CRD parks is the best way we can think of to express and share our gratitude for the amazing natural world we live in," explains Margaret.

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A Fresh New Series of HAT Brochures Online Now

about hat jpgHabitat Acquisition Trust is pleased to release a fresh new series of brochures detailing the work being done towards conservation in your community. Each leaflet gives insights into how you can share this work and get involved in new ways.

If you would like a hard copy for personal use or distribution please contact 250-995-2428, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or visit the HAT Office at 825 Broughton during weekdays 9:30 - 5:00 pm.

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Naturescaping Tips for a lovely Garden Year Round

Red Osier Dogwood Stems Flickr Credit Erik JacksonWhile you might not be thinking too much about naturescaping in the chilly, frosty weather here's something to warm you up to the idea.

When you plan your plantings, make sure to incorporate evergreen varieties of native plants and plants with attractive features in winter such as:

  • Kinnikinick
  • Oregon Grape
  • Stonecrop
  • Sword and licorice fern
  • Red Osier-Dogwood (beautiful stems in winter - photo left)

For a more extensive list of evergreen native plants check out this one put together by the Capital Regional Disctrict.

Another good idea to give your garden character in the mostly bloomless months is to incorporate attractive hardscape design, in the form of rock placement and other permanent features such as bird baths that can also enhance habitat for wildlife. Wood features, although less permanent, can also add some interest to a winterscape. A fallen branch or log can be incoporated in a way that is not only attractive, but offers a source of nutrients for widlife and other plants.

For more tips on creating a native garden in our region Louise Goulet's presentation offers many helpful insights from designing to maintaing your naturescape. Click here for more inspiration.

Photo left Red Osier Dogwood Stems in early spring: By Erik Jackson.

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