Volunteer Spotlight: Emily Rudderham

Emily Rudderham and Roger Hird Havenwood Park Volunteer 2017Emily Rudderham first reached out to Habitat Acquisition Trust about volunteering in December of last year. Since then, she has shown us lots of love through taking on the role as Volunteer Restoration Coordinator. Even with a busy schedule, Emily regularly takes the time to help organize the habitat restoration days many of us take part in and enjoy.

For all of Emily's good work volunteering with us, we would like to shine the spotlight on her this month. Thank you Emily!

Emily says, "Volunteering with HAT has been awesome - it's given me so many opportunities to learn, and a first hand look at what it's like to make a career out of conservation. So a gigantic 'thank you' to everyone at HAT for taking me on!"

Volunteering in the field at Senanus Island, Havenwood Park, as well as Ruby Creek this year as well, Emily says her favourite experience though has been, "a monitoring survey of the Ivan Island conservation covenant which I did with Wendy and Barb."

Emily Rudderham and Roger Hird Havenwood Park Volunteer 2017 digging up blackberry root crowns"We traversed a beautiful piece of densely forested property, that had a mind-boggling array of native wildflowers. We were monitoring the movement of invasive species. It gave me a chance to participate in environmental monitoring and to see how strong (and important) the bonds are between the landowner and HAT."

Emily adds, "It's been incredibly eye-opening and interesting to have a behind-the-scenes look at the sheer amount of work that goes into running HAT's various programs. If anything, working with HAT and seeing the passion of the staff and volunteers has really reinforced my decision to pursure a career in conservation."

Fall promises to be an exceptionally productive habitat restoration season here at HAT. We are so grateful to have a team-player like Emily to count on as we bring the community together for nature.

Photos: (left) Here she is at the Havenwood Park Restoration day this spring! Emily is a champion of digging up invasive Himalayan Blackberries. Go Emily, go!



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