Colquitz stewards at PFC

If you're a 3 year old oak tree, life is tough. Deer nibble your shoots, drought and invasive grasses take your water, and you just might get stepped on. On Thursday, June 12, volunteers from the Pacific Forestry Centre learned how to help seedlings planted in the fall of 2005. Planted as a part of HAT's Colquitz River Good Neighbours Project, native shrubs and trees were installed to restore the natural creek buffer that protects this rare urban salmon waterway. Staff collared the plants with large sheets of cardboard then mulched on top with compost produced onsite from oak leaves and fir needles. Thanks to Arezoo Zamani for organising the event!



Forest Ghosts Emerge

Few people have ever seen the rare and enchanting Phantom orchid blooming in the deep woods. Yet right now, this endangerd saprophytic plant is emerging around the region. Thin white stalks rise up to 40 cm high with yellow-centred white flowers in dark, sparsely vegetated fir forest. The similar Indian pipe is also white, but its single flowers droop from short and thick stalks. HAT provides landowners with information on Species at Risk and how to maintain them on their land. If you spot this spectre, let us know. We're also interested in sightings of Western painted turtle and Sharp-tailed snakes. Painted turtles are red underneath but have no red spot on their ears like the exotic Red-eared slider. Sharp-tailed snakes are brown, pencil thin, less than 30 cm long, and feature black & white belly bands. They live on sunny slopes, but they don't bask in the sun or flee from people like garter snakes would. Call the HATline (995 2428) or send in your pics for identification (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

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Conservation Connection Forum

This just in:

The date for the Conservation Connection Forum has been confirmed for September 19th, 2008. We are very excited to be holding this year's event at the Burnside Gorge Community Center. Stay tuned for more information and registration details.


Knockan Hill Speaker Series

Join HAT and a special guest at Knockan Hill this May and June for our Speaker Series. Each Saturday from May 24 to June 14, HAT will be hosting a special guest speaker on topics ranging from Nature Photogrpahy to birds and bugs. Check our calendar for more details.


New Website

Welcome to Habitat Acquisition Trust's new website! Let us know what you think by adding a comment in our Blog.


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