Dec 12 Hibernation Celebration - Open House and Conservation Craft Fair

You are invited to the: 

HAT Open House and Conservation Craft Fair

Thursday December 12


661 Burnside Road East, above the Blanshard Winery

Suite #202

We present an evening in the HAT office with snacks, drinks, and a chance to peruse holiday gifts by and wonderful art by a curated selection of local conservation-minded artists. Get to know the HAT staff and ask your questions about restoration, conservation, and native plants.

Poster of Hibernation Celebration Craft Fair and Open House


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Hedgerow & Propagation Event at Lohbrunner

Co-hosted with Lohbrunner Community Farm Co-operative, 24 eager participants attend this workshop and workparty event. Despite the cold and frosty morning, everyone was full of energy and excited to learn about propagation of native species that will help local ecosystem resiliency and overall wellbeing. Attendees learned how to prepare a site for a hedgerow planting next spring, and propagate Oceanspray, Pacific Ninebark and Black Twinberry from semi-hardwood, and Oceanspray from seed. We were grateful to have in attendance Ian McKenzie, an active longstanding Habitat Steward of the Bilston Creek watershed for decades, and he is back to join us for the Wildwood and Bilston Creek Wildlife Corridor Stewardship Program!

For more information on these types of events, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling our office 250.995.2428. You can also sign up for the Fern, HAT's e-newsletter, and stay up-to-date with all of HAT and our partners' events around Southern Vancouver Island.

Thank you to our funders of this project: EcoAction, Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, Sitka Foundation, and Metchosin Foundation. 


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Talk: Animal Signs - The Essence of Animal Communication

The Good Neighbours Wildwood Wetland Stewardship Project is about creating safe and effective wildlife corridors for all manner of wildlife from bears to bees, and everything in between. Have you ever been curious about how to identify wildlife tracks and other signs while in nature? We are thrilled to present the talk: Animal Signs, the Essence of Animal Communication.

Doors: 6:00pm | Presentation at 6:45pm | Q&A: 8:00pm
Limited to the first 50 people | Admission by donation

Charters River Salmon Interpretive Centre
2895 Sooke River Rd, Sooke

Join Gary Schroyen for a video presentation on how to read animal signs. With emphasis on the Columbia Black-Tailed Deer, Roosevelt Elk, American Black Bear, Cougar and Vancouver Island Wolf. Open your eyes to a whole new world of animal communication. Once you learn these signs, your hikes will never be quite the same.

Gary is a naturalist, educator, citizen scientist, tracker and a vocal advocate of protecting wildlife and their native habitat. It's been said that he is somewhat of a local pioneer in the unique way in which he photographs wildlife with his homemade game cameras. Notable articles and contributions have been carried by Chek News, Sierra Club of BC, Black Press Media, CRD Parks and the BC SPCA. Based on his research, Gary was instrumental in helping to protect a critical wildlife corridor within the Sooke Hills. His thought provoking video presentation was arguably a pivotal force in the CRD's Board of Directors rejection of the Malahat Highway. expansion through a portion of the Sooke Hills.


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NEW! Invasive Plant Guide by HAT

We have finally released a new publication about Invasive Plants!

Invasive species are plants or animals are introduced (non-native) species that cause harm or negative impacts to the environment, economy and human and animal health. Invasive plants spread quickly and out-compete other species. They have few natural controls to keep their population in check. Some invasive plants modify soil chemistry to reduce success of plants nearby. The below list offers additional resources to the information found in HAT's Invasive Plants In Your Garden Guide. The links below offer a variety of resources, groups, and other supplemental materials that can help us stay up to date, or simply more informed on invasive species and methods of interacting with them.


NEW Invasive Plants In Your Garden Guide DOWNLOAD (PDF - DROPBOX)

If you do not use Dropbox or cannot access the file, we can send an copy by email if you contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Additional Resources:


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Bat Week? It’s for the bats!

Bat Week? It’s for the bats!


October 24, 2019

As Halloween approaches, bat enthusiasts around BC are celebrating and supporting bats by participating in International Bat Week (October 24-31).

Bat Week is all about appreciating these amazing animals and their benefits, from eating insects to pollinating the agave plant used to make tequila.  Take a moment to learn about the many ways bats contribute to our lives, and what you can do locally for bats, at or through the BC Community Bat Program at

“Bats in BC help control agricultural and forest pests, as well as mosquitoes in our yards - but now bats need our help” says Mandy Kellner, Coordinator for the BC Community Bat Program. “The conservation of bats in BC has always been important, since over half the species in this province are considered at risk. With the continuing spread of White-nose Syndrome in Washington State, bat conservation is more important than ever.”

White-nose Syndrome (WNS) is a disease caused by an introduced fungus, first detected in North America in a cave in New York in 2006. Since it was discovered, it has spread to 33 states and 7 provinces in North America, decimating bat populations along the way. “Luckily, WNS is not yet in BC” continues Kellner, “But we are preparing for its arrival by raising awareness about bats, working with landowners who have bats in buildings, enhancing bat habitat, and monitoring populations.

Monitoring for WNS in BC will continue this winter, with Community Bat Programs requesting reports of dead bats or sightings of winter bat activity starting November 1. You can report sightings at, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 1-855-922-2287.



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