SMUS Crew Pulls Broom

SMUS broom

When it comes to carrying broom, bundled in large tarpaulines down a steep mountain face, there is quite a bit of team work that is required. We were fortunate enough to have a large group of young men from St. Michaels University School (SMUS) who were up to the challenge and worked in unison to clear a large amount of the invasive plant from Havenwood Park. A typical Saturday afternoon for a teenager may involve playing video games or watching a movie with friends but these boys decided to get away from all of that and immerse themselves in nature. They used their teenage energy to help restore an important ecosystem in one of HAT's covenants that also serves as a public park to the residents of Colwood.


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SJ Willis School Conquers Invasive Species

SJ Willis weeding panorama Peter

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


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.


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!

BGTD Guide 2


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