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The annual Conservation Connection forum is now open for registration! Click here to register now.

The goal of the Conservation Connection Forum is to facilitate co-operation and communication among the many organizations working on environmental stewardship and conservation projects in the Capital Region District, and to find new ways in which we can work together to achieve our goals. This annual event provides opportunities for in-depth interaction with people working on similar issues in your community, and enables us to learn from each other, forge new partnerships, strategize together, and celebrate our successes.

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Congratulations to McTavish

Congratulations to McTavish Elementary School, who placed 1st in the Quantumshift "Be the Change" contest. They won the Grand Prize Package worth $50,000 and includes playground equipment, a green house and organic garden.

Thank you to all of you who voted on-line and helped the McTavish team win!

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Thanks Ron

Ron Carter, Tree Protection Officer for the District of Saanich, spoke to a crowd of treehuggers at Knockan Hill Park on Saturday. He showed us how to prune branches properly, how to look for signs of disease, and how to best care for our native trees. Ron warned us to avoid irrigating the root zones of Garry oaks in the summer to prevent root rot. He also recommended that people plant native species in their yards to support the park ecosystem. After his walk and talk, Ron handed out a thicket of Garry oak seedlings! Reminder: Join us next Saturday, June 14th at 1pm to watch the birds and the bees with Darren and Claudia Copley.

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Colquitz stewards at PFC

If you're a 3 year old oak tree, life is tough. Deer nibble your shoots, drought and invasive grasses take your water, and you just might get stepped on. On Thursday, June 12, volunteers from the Pacific Forestry Centre learned how to help seedlings planted in the fall of 2005. Planted as a part of HAT's Colquitz River Good Neighbours Project, native shrubs and trees were installed to restore the natural creek buffer that protects this rare urban salmon waterway. Staff collared the plants with large sheets of cardboard then mulched on top with compost produced onsite from oak leaves and fir needles. Thanks to Arezoo Zamani for organising the event!

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Forest Ghosts Emerge

Few people have ever seen the rare and enchanting Phantom orchid blooming in the deep woods. Yet right now, this endangerd saprophytic plant is emerging around the region. Thin white stalks rise up to 40 cm high with yellow-centred white flowers in dark, sparsely vegetated fir forest. The similar Indian pipe is also white, but its single flowers droop from short and thick stalks. HAT provides landowners with information on Species at Risk and how to maintain them on their land. If you spot this spectre, let us know. We're also interested in sightings of Western painted turtle and Sharp-tailed snakes. Painted turtles are red underneath but have no red spot on their ears like the exotic Red-eared slider. Sharp-tailed snakes are brown, pencil thin, less than 30 cm long, and feature black & white belly bands. They live on sunny slopes, but they don't bask in the sun or flee from people like garter snakes would. Call the HATline (995 2428) or send in your pics for identification (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

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