Conservation Connection Presenters

The line up for the Conservation Connection Forum is quickly taking shape! Dave Fraser, Endangered Species Specialist, Ministry of Environment, will speak on the new Conservation Framework, Nikki Wright will be on a panel discussing the state of aquatic conservation, and eelgrass monitoring and restoration, and Judith Cullington will speak on Wetlands Best Management Practices. There will also be presentations on fundraising, and attracting and managing volunteers. More news will be coming soon. For more information or to register for the Forum, click here.

Conservation Connection 2007


Organic Islands Festival

HAT and Garry Oakley attended this year's Islands Organic Festival at Glendale Gardens. Thousands of people enjoyed the music and exhibits geared towards a sustainable future. Garry Oakley barked: "There were so many tree huggers, I had to leaf early!" Despite an unfortunate incident involving a dog, Garry enjoyed the event thanks to several helpings of compost supplied by eager children

organic fest canoeing with garry oakley


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.



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!


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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