HABITAT ACQUISITION TRUST

Victoria's Local Land Trust

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  • 28 Nov
    Giving Tuesday! All Day

    Its Giving Tuesday, a chance to counter consumer

  • 13 Jan
    Volunteer Appreciation Day! 12:00 PM to 02:00 PM

    Sat, Jan 13 9 - 11 am at Martin Bachelor Gallery (712 Cormorant St) featuring artist Joanne Thomson's

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Focal Species

Amphibians and Roads

Many of our frogs & salamanders are crossing roads. Find out how you can help.

Focus on Species

Amphibians and Roads

These little moist migrators need your help.

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Life can be tricky if you're a bat

Help us treat bats well

Whether you'd like to protect bats against habitat loss with your own gift or you'd care to fundraise with us, find out how to give bats a wing u

Bat Habitat

Big Bat Bike Ride Oct 29th

The local bats and HAT need your help to keep the Bat Habitat Stewardship Program going strong.

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Where we work

South Vancouver Island

On South Vancouver Island & the Southern Gulf Islands HAT works with people to care for nature..

Mission Area

A Local Land Trust

HAT's work is on south Vancouver Island.

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The Western Painted Turtle is Vancouver Island's last remaining native turtle species.  They are an endangered species, and they need your help!

If you find a turtle

Many people are concerned for Western Painted Turtles they find in unexpected places, including backyards, roads, and ditches. While it is tempting to "help", often we ending doing more harm than good. Turtles are almost never lost - they are where they are for reason, even if it's only known to them. Sometimes, unfortunately, where they are is not safe, and that's when it's time to help.

When to help

painted turtle on road truckIf the turtle is in immediate danger, such as on a road, please move it out of danger in the same direction it was facing.

When to record and report

If the turtle is somewhere unexpected - a backyard for instance - do not move the turtle unless absolutely necessary.  Instead take a picture of the turtle and its surroundings, make a note what it is doing, and send us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us at 250 995-2428.  Do make sure the turtle is safe from threats, such as dogs and cars.

If you have a turtle on your property

Turtles typically live in wetlands or lakes, but they do use "dry land" for nesting and mitigation. If you find a turtle on your property, please record and report it, but try to interfere with it as little as possible.  Some land care practices can make life very difficult for turtles.  Retaining walls are impossible for turtles to climb, and replacing sandy soils with turf can accidentally disrupt nesting sites.  If you live in an area frequented by Western Painted Turtles, HAT would be happy to visit you, and help you find ways to conserve habitat features on your property that are important for turtles and other species that rely on wetlands and riparian areas.

As a Volunteer

Volunteers are needed track Western Painted Turtles at the Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary. A very regular committment is needed, but the information you collect will help us not only protect turtles in and around Swan Lake, but give a better understanding of how Western Painted Turtles naviagate complex urban landscapes many now find themselves in.  Contact the Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary for more information about volunteering at the Sanctuary.

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