2016 in Review - from Habitat Acquisition Trust's Land Acquisition Coordinator
Thank you to all of you for a wonderful first year as the Land Acquisition Coordinator with Habitat Acquisition Trust. It’s been a great privilege getting to meet so many caring and committed landowners and caretakers over the past year.
Throughout the year, I appreciated the time many of you have taken to let me know what makes a place special to you, to walk the land with me and share stories of your connections to your land.
I’m looking forward to another year of learning more from you, the experts about your land, and as always I appreciate hearing from you about what is happening on your covenant from wildlife observations, to photos of the changing seasons, to changes you’ve observed in waterways and plant life. I look forward to our continued work together to protect special places in our region.
HAT's Compliance Monitoring
This spring and summer HAT staff and volunteers will again be monitoring the covenants in the Greater Victoria Area. Annual monitoring allows HAT to observe changes on the land and in conjunction with landowners, identify and respond to any changes or activities that may not be consistent with our conservation covenant terms.
Species Highlight: Pollinators
Why do we care?
Pollinators make up a wide range of species far beyond the traditional honey bee that we tend to think of. In fact there are over 450 of species of native bees in BC! But pollinators also include butterflies, moths, beetles, birds and elsewhere in the world even bats. Pollinators are important to all of us as their work sustains ecosystems, pollinates wildflowers and also provides pollination for as much as 1/3 of the food we eat.
Declines in some populations of pollinators are attributed to habitat loss, invasive species, and climate change.
You can help by creating habitat for pollinator’s by:
- Buying pollinator friendly plants. For more information visit: http://hat.bc.ca/gardening-with-native-plants
- Providing basking spots for butterflies by placing a few flat stones in sunny, sheltered locations.
-Ensuring a clean, reliable water source that has shallow or sloping sides to provide drinking and bathing opportunities for pollinators.
Visit www.pollinatorpartnership.ca for more information on pollinators. Habitat Acquisition Trust's next Stewardship Series Guide will feature Pollinators, sign up as a member today for your free copy in the mail.
Ocean Spray—Holodiscus discolor not only provides a showy display of cream colored cascading flowers in June—August but is also an important plant for pollinators including bees, butterflies and flies.
Keep and eye out for...
Bur Chervil - Anthriscus caucalis is native to Europe. This annual is from the carrot family and adapts well to shaded sites and poor, sandy soils as well as moist fields, ditches, disturbed sites and waste places.
You can help!
You can help by lending your efforts to control the population and spread of invasive Bur Chervil if it occurs on your land.
-Remove any plants you find as soon as possible, before seeds develop.
-Pull when soil is moist or cut to ground level after flowering but before seeds mature.
-Remove cut material containing flowering stems and seeds from your property.
-The CRD recommends placing invasive plants in clear plastic bags clearly marked ‘INVASIVE SPECIES’ so your service provider can identify them as garbage, not yard and garden material.
-Contact your local waste service provider for further information on collection and disposal options.
Visit ISCL http://www.coastalisc.com/priority-invasive-plants/ for more information on invasive plants.