Annual General Meeting 2020

It is always a great pleasure to spend the evening with members of the HAT community, and every January the Annual General Meeting gives us a chance to check in with you folks, to come together for a bit of business and some socializing. It is also a chance for the HAT board to report to you, HAT's members, about how we are doing as an organization. This year we spent a rainy Thursday evening at Hatley Castle in Colewood, in several ways a meeting point between where HAT works in Metchosin, the Highlands, and the Saanich Peninsula.

For those of you that weren't able to make it to the AGM on January 30th, though we are sad to say goodbye to two of our board members Pia Archibald and Rick Kool, we are pleased to announce the addition of 3 new members to the HAT Board. We would like to welcome Katie Bell, Charlie Gordon, and Pierre Iachetti who were elected last week and will be joining the HAT board at their next meeting in March.

We were also lucky enough to enjoy a reading by HAT supporter & member Anny Scoones. Anny is a local author known for her wit, humour, and her keen observations of life on Vancouver Island. Reading from her latest release, Island Home, Anny had us all in stitches, giving us a pause between business items. Two lucky winners also won copies of Anny's books which she kindly provided for a door-raffle.

With this year's AGM behind us, HAT staff are looking forward to other events that focus on our community like the HAT Member Lunch that will be taking place this spring, as well as the Conservation Connections Forum, and Volunteer Appreciation Day later on in the year.

If you would like to take a look at HAT's Annual Report 2019, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will be happy to send you a copy!


HAT launches Invasive Species Speaking Tour with CRD

HAT launches Invasive Species Speaking Tour with CRD 

HAT and CRD Environmental Services are working together to deliver presentations around the region for residents interested in removing invasive plant species from their property. 

Talk title: Invasive Plants in Your Garden and How to Conquer Them

Bothered by blackberry, bindweed, and ivy? Join Paige, Stewardship Coordinator for Habitat Acquisition Trust, as she talks about how to support nature in our backyards with native plants, and how to get rid of invasive species in your yard once and for all with some easy-to-do techniques. Paige grew up on Shawnigan Lake exploring nature with her dogs, and has been enthralled by the natural world from a young age. After studying geography and botany at UVic and working with HAT, Paige is now the Pollinator Steward for the Haliburton Farm Urban Biodiversity Enhancement and Restoration Project and is co-chair of the Native Plant Study Group.

Upcoming Dates:

Saturday February 15, Victoria Seedy Saturday, Victoria Conference Centre Downtown - Visit Website for more information - $8 entry fee includes a full day of speakers

Wednesday February 26 7:00pm, View Royal Garden Club, Esquimalt United Church @ 500 Admirals Road. - Entry by Donation

Thursday February 27 7:00pm, St. Mary's Church Metchosin Challenge! at St Mary's Church @ 4125 Metchosin Rd - Free



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HAT's Annual General Meeting is NEXT WEEK!

You are invited to HAT's Annual General Meeting

This is it: You're chance to vote on some of the things that help HAT do the conservation work that means so much to all of us. HAT and organizations like it are nothing if not the coming together of a community, it is the expression of our collective desire to see the ecosystems that sustain us stewarded in a good way, building a relationship between not only those of us in the HAT community, but between us humans and the other-than-humans that are our neighbours.

Participating in these meetings are our chance as members (literally, for voting purposes) to add our voices to the governance of this wonderful organization, to meet the board, and to chat with and hear from staff on projects that went on last year.

Please join us. It means a lot, and you will be pleased to enjoy a special reading by local author Anny Scoones from her book Island Home.

WHEN: January 30th at the Hatley Castle Drawing Room (2005 Sooke Road, Colwood)

What Time: 6:00pm for mingling, 6:30pm for the meeting.

If you need any more information, please call us at the HAT office 250.995.2428



HAT Holiday Office Hours 2019-2020

Happy Holidays from everyone at the HAT office. Our office hours will be as follows:

December 23 & 24 - Open by appointment only, donations can be made by phone 250-995-2428, e-transfer to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or via Canada Helps

December 25 to January 1 - Office closed, donations can be made by phone 250-995-2428, e-transfer to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or via Canada Helps

January 2 - HAT office reopens

All the best to you and yours this holiday season!




HAT and YMCA Seek Salamanders in the Forest

We are excited to partner with YMCA-YWCA of Greater Victoria Camp Thunderbird Program Manager Hana Kucera to monitor for our local salamander species with 5 of these artificial cover objects (ACOs) - specially designed boards that allow for creatures to crawl under and into the little spaces it creates. To learn more about salamanders, visit our Amphibians and Roads Project or Check out our Amphibian Stewardship Series

Then the visiting campers will be monitoring the boards once per week to assess which species are present. Science in Action! Huge thanks to YMCA Camp Thunderbird

This is thanks to our Good Neighbours Wildwood Wetland Stewardship Program funded by Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, EcoAction, Sitka Foundation, the Province of BC, and donors like you. To support the work HAT does, you can become an Amphibian Ally.

Donate Now Through!   Become an Amphibian Ally - Support the Project!



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