Elizabeth Easton Board Biography

Elizabeth EastonElizabeth Easton;


Elizabeth holds a BA in Physical Geography from the University of Victoria with a focus on resource management and a strong interest in environmental systems and processes. She has spent over 25 years with the "dirt" ministries of the BC government (Forests, Parks and Environment) in program and administration and management. In her spare time she is a keen organizer of the annual Botany BC conference, has spent time with salmon enhancement programs on Vancouver Island and worked on early mapping and land use planning for Bowker Creek. Having grown up in the Victoria area she is enthusiastic to work with HAT and partners to stay involved in the management and conservation of the precious lands and habitats of southern Vancouver Island and the southern gulf islands.


Conservation Connection Benefit Banquet Silent Auction Items

earth light studio avalanche liliesTicket sales are extended while space remains for the Thurs, Oct 12th Conservation Connection Forum & Benefit Banquet

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There will be a silent auction and raffle with all funds raised going to Habitat Acquisition Trust's nature conservation programs. Raffle tickets are $2 each, so bring your cash to take part in the fun.

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Thank you to all of our sponsors that donated in support of the Conservation Connection Forum & Benefit Banquet!


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Conservation Connection Forum & Benefit Banquet Speakers Teaser

Conservation Connection Plain LogoThe Conservation Connection Forum and Benefit Banquet will be held Thurs, Oct 12th at the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific Couvelier Pavillion (505 Quayle Rd). 

Tickets on sale at hat.bc.ca/c4c while space remains, until Oct 1st. 

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Conservation Connection Forum Topics

hcpCollaborative, large-scale Conservation
First session: “why large scale conservation?” Highlighting experts representing different taxonomic groups (birds, pollinators, carnivores, forests/fungi)

Second session: “collaborative approaches to conservation” effective partnerships that are working together on collaborative conservation initiatives (stewardship, education, and restoration)

Third Session: “conservation planning tools”. Discussions on how to identify priorities and focus efforts in large scale conservation. (mapping tools, data sharing, identifying priorities and effective collaboration)
Fourth Session: Facilitated group discussion. Sharing of goals, priorities and conservation planning.

the weeding unearthed live hatchlings possibly unable to dig out of nest in dry spring soilNature Walk and Talk

Western Painted Turtle and Bat Conservation. Featuring the habitat steward done for these species on the Horticulcutre Centre of the Pacific's property. Led by HAT Biologist Christian Engelstoft.


Dr. Lora Morandin: bees and pollinator conservation and citizen science
Dr. Kem Luther: the importance of mosses, fungi, lichens (The Boundary Layer)
Nitya Harris:
collaborative stewardship and the Coexisting with Carnivores Alliance
Jacques Sirois: outreach and education on Marine Bird Sanctuaries and modern-day Naturehoods
Pippi Lawn: community restoration and Coastal Sands Ecosystems in the Gulf Islands
Dr. Stephanie Hazlitt: approaches to Open Science, Data sharing and conservation planning tools
Jens Wieting: old growth forest protection, First Nations support and prosperous communities

Benefit Banquet Keynote Speaker

Dr. Rick Kool:
The Blue Boundary Report: developing a collaborative plan for the sustainability of Vancouver Island


Children's Wildlife 5-Book Series to help conserve Canadian animals

sherryTeacher, artist, illustrator, and local author, Sherry Ewacha-Poole is lending her support to Habitat Acquisition Trust (HAT) with proceeds from a new book series raising funds for nature.

Written by Sherry Ewacha-Poole and published by Wildlife Matters Publishing, the A-Z Wildlife Series highlights 130 animals from all over Canada with each of the 5 books focusing on a different region, including our own West Coast.

Each book features 26 well-loved creatures. Some of the animals showcased in The West Coast are the Orca whale, the Spirit Bear, and the Vancouver Island Marmot, with informational fun facts about their natural history alongside colourful illustrations done by hand. These books bring a menagerie of educational wonder to any family’s bookshelf. They also give children a chance to take part in helping these animals remain living in our forests, mountains, rivers, and seas, as $5.00 from the purchase goes directly to habitat protection, enhancement, and restoration programs with HAT.

“When we learn about and admire the animals around us, it’s only natural to want to see them protected and remain a part of our shared world. With this partnership, children get a chance to not only grow their understanding of wildlife, but also feel empowered that they are a part bookf anof keeping them safe. These are the kind of special books that make a wonderful and meaningful gift full of inspiration.” - Alanah Nasadyk Community and Development Coordinator, HAT.

Sherry has chosen to donate $5.00 from the sale of each book to the Habitat Acquisition Trust to fund the protection of habitat for wildlife featured in her illustrations. Books can be purchased at 825 Broughton St., Victoria. Those purchasing books are advised to call ahead at 250-995-2428 to ensure copies are on hand. The series can also be purchased online at: https://wildlifematters.ca/the-a-z-wildlife-series/ , and purchasers are reminded to mention Habitat Acquisition Trust in a note before check-out to ensure a portion of proceeds goes to local wildlife conservation.

“Compassion and concern for our wildlife starts with knowledge and awareness, and if these books can raise that awareness, then I have accomplished what I set out to do,” says Sherry.

Sherry has already donated two sets of the books directly to HAT. These books will be available at the Conservation Connection Benefit Banquet through a silent auction on Oct 12th. Tickets for this nature fundraiser event are on sale at http://hat.bc.ca/c4c until Oct 1st.


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East Sooke Conservaton Covenants

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orchidHabitat Acquisition Trust protects two stunning private natural areas in East Sooke with conservation covenants. These properties are maintained by caring landowners, HAT, two co-covenant holders, the Capital Regional District and The Land Conservancy, and a number of volunteers and supporters that contribute to the covenants’ long-term management. These covenants total 17.3 hectares (42.7 acres) of precious habitat.

The first of these two covenants places protection over a beautiful Douglas fir forest. The hillsides are lush with an abundance and variety of pillowing green moss. Tiny, delicate orchids that defy human cultivation grow here by the plenty in tandem with the symbiotic fungi they depend on, hidden away beneath the soil. During spring, white fawn lilies and shooting star flowers pop up, decorating the landscape with fleeting, fragile beauty. As the summer dries out much of the region, this covenant remains much wetter, being close to the ocean, often blanketed by dense fog that seems to wrap itself snuggly around the hill tops, until a swift wind disperses it. Marking the landscape are a number of standing dead trees or snags, with old peeling bark and hollows excavated by woodpeckers, which are teaming with life, big and small.

Living among the trees and hills are many different animals, some seen, some heard. A cougar takes its meal watching from a waterside ledge, brown squirrels twitch and skitter along tree branches, and a bear lumbers by contently filled with today’s forage. A chorus of bird life fills the air with chirps and tweets; a Belted Kingfisher’s persistent patience pays off as she dives and perches, dives and perches, finally scooping up her just deserts, the Stellar’s Jays dip and swoop, woodpeckers, both downy and pileated peck away, and raven’s call is heard from beyond the fog. Even birds like sooty grouse and, a species considered of special concern provincially, the olive-sided flycatcher are spotted in this natural refuge. Dragonflies also zip by and the Golden skipper butterflies pass through, never staying still for long.

The second covenant in East Sooke is a nursery for amphibians, a place where animals like newts can breed safely and migrate within a protected forest and wetland. Here, years of teamwork tackling the invasive Scotch Broom by the landowners and Habitat Acquisition Trust staff and volunteers have left the land virtually cleared of the most invasive plants, including the persistent yellow-flowered shrub, a success story in many ways.

“Do we love this land? Yes. Do we want to walk this land as its guardians? Yes. We want to ensure that some land in BC stays in its natural state for generations to come.” – Covenant Landowner.

The landowners that protect this natural area are passionate. They know the land very well and care deeply about the incredible virtues it holds, explaining,

“Winter here is magic. When the fog is in the Sooke Basin, you can look down and watch it slowly rise. Then come whipping past in the wind. It’s almost like you’re living in a cloud.”

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From the wetlands and older forests to the open meadows, these 17 hectares are home to many plants, animals and ecosystems that are becoming increasingly rare within the CRD. For example: Olive-sided flycatchers, Band-tailed pigeons, and Red-legged frogs, which are all considered species of special concern both provincially and federally live in these covenants. Forested ecosystems represented in these covenants such as the Douglas-fir/Arbutus, Arbutus/Hairy manzanita, and Western red cedar/Douglas-fir /Oregon beaked moss are considered provincially red-listed, meaning they are threatened or endangered.

If you are interested in learning more about how you can create a conservation legacy with a covenant, please contact HAT at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To sponsor the East Sooke conservation covenants today with a gift to the HAT Land Protection program visit hat.bc.ca/donate or call 250-995-2428.



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