Volunteer Spotlight January 2019 - Estraven Lupino-Smith

Volunteer Spotlight January 2019 - Estraven Lupino-Smith

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In this, the very first of 2019's Volunteer Spotlights, we'd like to highlight one of our bat-tastic volunteers - Estraven Lupino-Smith! Local artist and one serious "bat-vocate", they have shown time and time again their dedication and commitment to bat conservation. Estraven counted bats with us over the summer and also collaborated with us to help create our biggest batty event ever - the Big Bat Bash, for which they created an incredibly intricate bat art installation and a unique sound and video experience using real footage from the bats living in the attic at the Metchosin Community Hall.

When we asked Estraven what their favourite experience with us has been so far and why they initially became a volunteer with HAT, they enthusiastically replied: 

"[Some of my favourite experiences] are being out at the Metchosin [Community] Hall meeting other enthusiastic bat counters and watching as many as 1200 bats emerge. It's a joy to watch them and see other people from young to old(er) share that wonder. Of course, the Big Bat Bash was absolutely awesome. I got involved because I wanted to partner with a conservation organization that was working on bats, and it seem[ed] like HAT was doing outstanding work with the bat count and beyond. It's been my pleasure to get to know the staff and other volunteers who make HAT a great place with successful programming." 

Thank you to Estraven for all their hard work, and to all who have supported bat conservation with HAT so far. We are truly grateful for the support and hope that Estraven's experience will inspire others to get involved in bat conservation with HAT. If you'd like to volunteer with our bat program in 2019, be sure to watch for opportunities in our summer newsletters.

Estraven, HAT Executive Director Katie Blake, and HAT Stewardship Coordinator Paige Erickson-McGee were also interviewed by the Goldstream Gazette at our Big Bat Bash.

If you'd like to volunteer with our any of our programs in 2019, be sure to watch for opportunities in the Volunteer Opportunities Section of the Fern, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


This article is an excerpt from the January edition of our monthly E-news, The Fern.

View January 2019 The Fern E-news.

Subscribe to The Fern E-news for more articles like these and to keep up to date on all of our activities and volunteer opportunities. 


Monitoring for bat disease requires your help


Hibernating little brown bats - photo by Alan Hicks, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation – Little Brown Bat hibernating in a cave, showing signs of WNS

Monitoring for bat disease requires help from public

WANTED: Reports of dead bats and of bats flying during winter

Date: 5 March 2019

BC bats are threatened by disease and researchers are asking for the public to help. White Nose Syndrome (WNS), a fungal disease responsible for the death of millions of bats in eastern North America, has moved to the west coast.


Read more: Monitoring for bat disease requires your help

Wildwood Watershed Landowners Learn Frog-Friendly Creek Stewardship

Wildwood Watershed Landowners Learn Frog-Friendly Creek Stewardship

By Paige Erickson-McGee & Wendy Tyrrell

On November 30, 2018, HAT hosted the workshop Creating Frog Friendly Spaces with Native Plants aimed toward landowners with creeks or wetland areas on their properties. HAT was thrilled to have 22 registered workshop participants, including 10 Habitat Stewards in the Wildwood Creek Watershed. The workshop was held on a HAT Conservation Covenant property in Metchosin where the landowner is also a Habitat Steward with the Good Neighbours Program.


Read more: Wildwood Watershed Landowners Learn Frog-Friendly Creek Stewardship

Adopt a Species for your Sweetheart this Valentine's Day!

BatValentinePosterValentine's day is fast approaching! Are you looking for a gift for that special someone? Look no further than Habitat Acquisition Trust. 

From now until February 14th, donating $25 or more to our Adopt a Species fundraiser through Facebook, will get you (or your Valentine) a special Valentine's day E-card featuring one of our focus species. Choose from a Western Screech-Owl, Red-legged frog, Townsend's Big-eared Bat or Western Painted Turtle. 

Your symbolic adoption will go towards funding HAT's activities on south Vancouver Island and the southern Gulf Islands, including conserving and protecting valuable wildlife habitat! 

Our campaign will continue after Valentine's day, and also makes an excellent gift for birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, and in memory of loved ones.


Clicking this button will redirect you to our Facebook page where you can make a donation. Because Facebook charges no fees to Non-profits, 100% of the proceeds will go to HAT's programs! 



HAT-TY Holidays Open House

Hatty Holiday Dec 13

You're invited to join us in celebration of the holidays and moving into our new home on the second floor of 661 Burnside Rd. E.

***Please note, our office is regrettably not accessible for those with mobility difficulties***

Enter through the set of double doors next to the "Blanshard St Winery", go up the two sets of stairs and take a left when you reach the top. Go past the washrooms on the left and our office is the last one at the end of the hall.

Drop in any time between 3 pm and 6 pm. Refreshments provided and everyone is welcome! Our new home has lots of street parking on Burnside Rd, so we ask that you please use street parking in order to keep 3 parking spots open for the Blanshard St. Winery customers. Thank you so much friends. We look forward to seeing you there! 


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