Creatures of Habitat - Students Taking Action

Todd and Peter had the pleasure of contributing to an annual childrens' stewardship event coordinated by Peninsula Streams known as Creatures of Habitat. Each year they set up an activity filled day at Royal Oak Middle School (ROMS) and others, focusing on ecosystem restoration on their school property. Mulching, weeding, invasive plant removal and garbage clean up were all a part of this fun filled day that saw upwards of 300 different students get outside to care for and improve their school grounds. It was really inspirational to see middle school children working hard to ensure that their school's streams and meadows would become better habitat for fish and wildlife. ROMS students led by Angus Stewart have been restoring their Garry Oak Meadow and an onsite tributary of the salmon bearing Colquitz Creek through HAT's Green Spots Program since 2008. For some students it was their third year of attacking blackberry. We look forward to helping out with these type of events more in the future and they will continue to inspire us to always push the limits with our own projects. For more information on the Creatures of Habitat Event click here.

 

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FREE Native Plant Garden Tour - April 29th

Update April 30th, 2012:Thank you to the Garden hosts and everyone who came out!

Talk about the perfect opportunity to get out on your bike and have a wonderful afternoon engaging with native plant gardens in Victoria! This free event is one that you will not want to miss and the best part about it is that you get to choose when and where you want to go! Join us for a very special garden tour. See Garry oak ecosystems and other native plant species in five very different private gardens around Victoria. Some gardens are small, others are much larger; some are young, others are older; some contain high plant species diversity, others have mass plantings of a few species.

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On News: Both Letters & Papers

HAT SPRING CHAT with links Page 1Our latest newsletter, HAT Chat is out - you can download the pdf here - and in it we featured Nancy Powell, who recently protected 7 acres of her property with a conservation covenant. 

The Goldstream Gazette featured Nancy and her commitment to conserving her land, which you can read here.  It is a wonderful good news story, and a great example of how one person can make a difference in our efforts to conserve nature in our region.

Of course not everyone has property to conserve, and we each have to find where we can make a difference, but Nancy's efforts can be inspiration for all of us.

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We've got Spring Gardening Resources!

Pink Fawn LilyThe Fawn Lilies and Shooting Stars are out here in Victoria, so it must be time to start planting our gardens!  Unlike some delicate garden plants, native species establish well in the wet soil and cooler days of spring.  And while many of our native flowers take a long time to go from seed to flower, the payoff is defintely worth it !  

 To help inspire you, we've been working on the gardening section of our website. There are articles on some of our favorite native species in the garden, such as Pacific Ninebark and Mock Orange, as well as our Gardening with Native Plants guide.  There are also articles on other ecologically friendly gardening practices, such as Lasagna Gardening to re-vegetate areas, building a pond, and organic lawn care.

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Join us at the 2012 Land Trust Alliance Seminar Series

Join HAT and many others from around the Province at the Land Trust Alliance of BC annual seminar series, this year in Cowichan Bay.

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Highlights include workshops on Social Media, Covenants, Fundraising, and Species at Risk, not to mention a canoe trip in Cowichan Bay!

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