Located! The Search for the Screech pays off

The Search for the Screech - hoot hoot!

After several years of surveying and coming up short, we are excited to announce that a NEW Western Screech Owl (WESO) territory has been located, in Metchosin on February 18 2021!

Below is a link to our audio clip we posted on Instagram, and if you turn it waaayyy up and you might hear the call of the Metchosinite WESO🦉 recorded by two new HAT Habitat Stewards on their back deck. This is an exciting discovery since we knew these little owls used to have territories in this area, but we hadn't heard them calling during nesting season in over a decade. With only five known territories left in the region (that could be as few as 10 individuals left in the CRD) each new territory is precious, and much be protected.

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Stewardship Mapping Workshop

 This free online workshop is taking place on February 10th, 2021 from 9:30am - 12:30pm. 

See full description below!

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Music for a Cause

Music and community, what could be a better pairing when socially isolated and lacking for fun events to participate in? Combining a sense of belonging, and supporting programs that do a lot of good locally, that’s what!

That is exactly what happened Saturday, January 30 2021 when the Wavelengths Community Choir and the Gettin’ Higher Choir (GHC) joined voices for the second time since COVID-19 pushed their individual performances last spring for an online concert event. Both choirs are non-audition, and they have both been bringing people together and sharing the gift of song in powerful ways for many years (the GHC was founded in 1996 and Wavelengths in 2018).

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AGM Recap!

Check out our ANNUAL REPORT!

After such a long, socially distanced 10 months, it was an absolute pleasure to host HAT’s Annual General Meeting! Sure, the event was virtual and took place (like everything else these days) over Zoom, and we weren’t able to spend time together physically, but these are all the things we’re slowly growing accustomed to.

On Wednesday, 27 January, the HAT board & staff were lucky enough to spend some quality time in a “Zoom” room with nearly 30 HAT members. It was a wonderful chance for us all to reconnect around HAT, and to see some faces that we haven’t seen in many months. Coming together as a community is a special thing, and we can’t thank you members who participated enough, especially this year.

Participating in HAT governance is a very important membership responsibility, and we are grateful to all of our members for their guidance, advice, and perspective. We hold our annual general meeting every year at the end of January where the board reports out on the general direction and financial state of the organisation. It is also a chance for the HAT staff to report to members on everything that had been accomplished in the previous fiscal year (and HAT fiscal years run 1 Nov-31 Oct). New board members are voted on at AGMs, answer also say our thanks and our farewells to board members completing their terms. 

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HAT Annual General Meeting 2021

Happy December HAT Community!

HAT has booked the day for our Annual General Meeting (AGM), and we are excited to extend an invitation to all of our members who are able to attend. As a membership-based not-for-profit, the AGM is a very important part of HAT's governance structure. It is a chance for the staff and board to present to our membership what HAT has been doing over the past year, and to seek approval for our plans moving into the coming year. As always, only members can vote at the AGM, so please, if you are interested in attending email Chris Perrin, HAT's Community & Development Coordinator (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to confirm your membership status. Making a donation does not automatically make you a member, so please confirm before registering.

This year, because of COVID-19, we are holding the AGM virtually on Zoom.

Because of these technological limitations, registration is limited to 80 members. To register, please email Chris (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Registration will remain opened until all 80 spots have been filled.

We are also very excited to let you know that local botanist Matt Fairbarns, well-known for his work with community at Trial Island, will be joining us as a guest speaker.

Hope to see you there!

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