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SJ Willis School Conquers Invasive Species

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Our guess would be that not many people have heard of SJ Willis, a large education centre located right in the heart of Victoria. It is tucked away behind Hillside and Blanshard but the school property itself was once a Garry Oak Meadow. We often forget that the downtown core was once covered with native species and that with the removal of invasive ones we can restore these ecosystems. School education assistant Caroline and biology teacher Ashley realized the potential of their school property and contacted HAT to do an initial scouting of their area to see what could be done to help to bring native species such as Oregon grape back to life. We discovered that there was plenty of native species still alive and blooming in some areas of their school grounds and that we needed to remove some hefty blackberry bushes to ensure proper growth in the spring.

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Joanne Thomson on display at the HAT Gallery

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Have you visited the HAT Gallery lately? It is located at 827 Broughton Street and houses local artists who are passionate about nature. You can also find our staff working right inside the gallery! We are pleased to announce that we have works on display from local artist and staff favourite Joanne Thomson. All works are for sale and she also has some greeting cards with her art for sale here at our gallery. Please feel free to stop by Monday to Friday and support local art and conservation in one convenient stop.

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New Reports Available

Reports on our 2011 Stewardship work for Western Painted Turtles and Blue-grey Taildropper slugs are now available.  These technical reports include recommendations for future stewardship work and highlight opportunities to protect these endangered species.

Find the reports in the Publications & Resources section of our website.

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Blue-grey Taildropper ID Guide Available Now!

Update: A new, graphically improved and (slightly) revised version of the Blue-grey Taildropper ID Guide is now available!  There have been some small changes to content as well to improve results.

Little is known about the habits and habitat of the diminutive Blue-grey Taildropper.  In order to better steward this endangered species, HAT needs the help of keen eyed naturalists and nature-lovers to find out where these slugs are.  Unfortunately, accurately identifying this seldom-seen slug can be difficult.  But now help is on the way!

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New Year and new Board Members

Happy New Year!

2012 mark 15 years for Habitat Acquisition Trust,and throughout the year we celebrate our past, but to begin we would to announce something new - new Board members that is.  HAT is pleased to welcome Jan Garnett and Rob Mortin to the Board for their first terms.

Well, not quite first term for Jan.  In fact, Jan was one of HAT's founding Board Members in December 1996.  Since then, she's been the Regional Vice-President of the BC Region of the Nature Conservancy of Canada, and currently the President of EcoLegacy International.  Jan has a one the driving forces behind BC's growing Land Trust community for many years, and has helped lead many successful conservation projects, including the acquisition of Darkwoods, 136,000 acres of natural habitat in the southern Interior.

Rob Mortin is the Controller for the BC region of the Nature Conservancy of Canada, and brings his passion for the environment, fishing, and his knowledge of conservation finance to the Board.  Engaged in conservation at the Provincial level, his volunteerism with HAT will allow him to apply his knowledge to local issues as well.

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