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    Bat Week 2020 (Oct 24-31) All Day

    Bat Week is a great time to do something positive for bats. Build bat roosting boxes, pull weeds of

Habitat Steward Dedicates Barn to Wildlife

Are you a good neighbour to nature? This is the question that makes up the foundation of HAT’s Good Neighbours Program. The idea behind the program is that conservation does not have to be a single act but can be a practice that describes how we interact with the natural world around us. People like you can make small changes on your land that can have an incredibly large impact on the ecosystems that we live in. This month HAT would love to highlight a Habitat Steward and Metchosin resident Doris Lundy who is doing spectacular things on her property to enhance the local flora and fauna.


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So what is the big fuss about bats?

By Paige Erickson-McGee (HAT Stewardship Coordinator) and Ben van Drimmelen (HAT Bat Volunteer since 2014)

Bats may roost in unusual places this time of year as they leave summer roosts. (C) L Parker

Bats are known for their remarkably high diversity and broad geographic range. Bats make up one-fifth of all mammals on the planet, are known from all continents except Antarctica, and over 1100 species have been identified. Bats pop up in the fossil record around 52 million years ago in the Green River Formation of Wyoming USA, with a giant walking bat roaming New Zealand around 16 million years ago. It is thought that the first bats could not echolocate and instead relied on sight, smell and touch to find food.

Today BC is particularly rich in bats species; 16 of Canada’s 19 occur in BC and 7 of those are found nowhere else in Canada. There are 9 species that occur on Vancouver Island and all are insectivorous.

Learn more about BC Bats here.

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Join the HAT Team: Conservation Technician -- term position (28 weeks)

Join the HAT Team: Conservation Technician - term position (28 weeks)


We're looking for a hard-working, enthusiastic person to support our programs in conservation. See details below and apply by August 31 2020 at 11:59pm.


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Learn more about the wonderful world of wetlands

The Wonderful World of Wetlands

As part of the Good Neighbours Program, HAT has been focusing on wetland stewardship in and around the Wildwood Watershed. The Stewardship Team has been training with the BC Wildlife Federation's Wetland Education Program learning how to be a Wetlandkeeper and how to Map Our Marshes. With this knowledge, we are putting together a webinar all about WETLANDS, with a special link to pollinators.

WEBINAR: Wetlands for Pollinators

DATE: Wednesday September 2, 1:00pm to 3:00pm

COST: Free!

Register here (full free recording will be available after the webinar)

This webinar is part of a Series of Pollinator Steward Webinars hosted by Pollinator Partnership Canada with Habitat Acquisition Trust, Saanich Native Plants, and Parks Canada. The webinar series is for land managers, students, farmers, and gardeners with a focus on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Webinars will cover the why and how of supporting pollinators through habitat creation and maintenance, outreach, and citizen science. Discover why bees and other pollinators are so important, common misconceptions that are hindering conservation, how to create and maintain habitat (with specific information for Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands), how to maximize benefits through outreach and education, and how to observe and monitor pollinators. Join local experts with the opportunity to ask questions during the live webinars.

In this webinar, learn unique opportunities, challenges, and benefits of restoring wetland areas for pollinators. Learn how to incorporate wet areas into landscapes, extending floral bloom for late-season pollinator species and support a diversity of wildlife. Local techniques and examples will be presented.


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