A Warm Welcome to Danielle Buckle!

 
 
Originally from Calgary, Danielle developed a passion for the outdoors while spending her summers and winters learning and playing in the Rocky Mountains surrounding Canmore, Fernie, and Invermere. In 2015 she moved to Victoria (the unceded Lək̓ʷəŋən and W̱SÁNEĆ territories) to pursue her passion for the environment further through a BSc in Geography at the University of Victoria. She immediately fell in love with the ecology and natural history of this beautiful place, exploring everywhere from the intertidal zone to Garry Oak meadows.
 
Her time in the geography department afforded her many opportunities to get her hands dirty. She has performed ecological surveys in California, studied small mammal populations as a research assistant at the Applied Conservation Science Lab, and worked as a mapping technologist for the Ministry of Transportation. 

HAT Garry Oak Ecosystem Restoration Youth Crew

 
We are thrilled to announce that we have now hired a full-time contract Garry oak ecosystem restoration youth crew! This crew has been made possible through new one-year Conservation Economic Stimulus Initiative funding provided by the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation and the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy as part of the B.C. Economic Recovery Plan. 

Public help needed to find bat roosts and count bats.

Spring is here and bats are returning to summer roost sites. One of our more familiar species in buildings and bat boxes is the Little Brown Myotis. Like all BC bats, the Little Brown Myotis is an essential part of our ecology, consuming many insect pests each night. Unfortunately, the Little Brown Myotis is now endangered in Canada. In fact, bats in BC suffer from many threats, and almost half of our 15 species are ‘at-risk’.

Sign up/volunteer for the Greater Victoria ANNUAL BC BAT COUNT

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The Victoria Harbour Migratory Bird Sanctuary and HAT's Matson Conservation Area

You can walk the length of Victoria’s bustling harbour where the sea meets the land, but the only place you’ll find the once plentiful Garry Oak ecosystem there is at the Matson Conservation Area. Head down the Westsong Walkway from the direction of Westbay Marina, Esquimalt and you will find this precious protected place. This conservation covenanted land is bisected by a great elevated staircase, designed to provide passage but not trampling for people above and native species below. Overlooking the natural scene is Swallow’s Landing, a testament to how development and conservation don’t have to be at odds. Joggers, birdwatchers, photographers, and visitors from around the world often enjoy the Matson Lands.

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