Have you seen a Turtle?

Professional biologists Kristina Ovaska (pictured here at Magic Lake, Pender Island) and Christian Engelstoft are working with Todd Carnahan at HAT on a Species at Risk Outreach Project sponsored by Environment Canada. We're looking for the rare and endangered Western Painted Turtle on Vancouver Island and the Southern Gulf Islands. We are particularly interested in turtles found on land up to 300 metres from their aquatic habitats. Turtles on land are females looking for sandy nesting sites. Basking features like emergent logs and rocks in ponds, wetlands, or lakes are also critical habitat sites we hope to protect through this project. If you've seen a turtle recently, we'd love to hear from you! Please send turtle photos and its location to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Todd at 250.995.2428.

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Register for the Conservation Connection forum

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.

Hope to see you there!

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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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