New Reports Available

Reports on our 2011 Stewardship work for Western Painted Turtles and Blue-grey Taildropper slugs are now available.  These technical reports include recommendations for future stewardship work and highlight opportunities to protect these endangered species.

Find the reports in the Publications & Resources section of our website.

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Blue-grey Taildropper ID Guide Available Now!

Update: A new, graphically improved and (slightly) revised version of the Blue-grey Taildropper ID Guide is now available!  There have been some small changes to content as well to improve results.

Little is known about the habits and habitat of the diminutive Blue-grey Taildropper.  In order to better steward this endangered species, HAT needs the help of keen eyed naturalists and nature-lovers to find out where these slugs are.  Unfortunately, accurately identifying this seldom-seen slug can be difficult.  But now help is on the way!

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New Year and new Board Members

Happy New Year!

2012 mark 15 years for Habitat Acquisition Trust,and throughout the year we celebrate our past, but to begin we would to announce something new - new Board members that is.  HAT is pleased to welcome Jan Garnett and Rob Mortin to the Board for their first terms.

Well, not quite first term for Jan.  In fact, Jan was one of HAT's founding Board Members in December 1996.  Since then, she's been the Regional Vice-President of the BC Region of the Nature Conservancy of Canada, and currently the President of EcoLegacy International.  Jan has a one the driving forces behind BC's growing Land Trust community for many years, and has helped lead many successful conservation projects, including the acquisition of Darkwoods, 136,000 acres of natural habitat in the southern Interior.

Rob Mortin is the Controller for the BC region of the Nature Conservancy of Canada, and brings his passion for the environment, fishing, and his knowledge of conservation finance to the Board.  Engaged in conservation at the Provincial level, his volunteerism with HAT will allow him to apply his knowledge to local issues as well.

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15 Years of HAT - A Historical Slideshow

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Celebrate HAT's 15th Birthday by scrolling through this amazing slideshow, filled with fifteen years of history of a local land trust. Press play and go through the slide show by using the left and right arrows. You will notice that there are some question marks and blanks for faces we do not recognize. If you see someone you know on one of the slides, let us know who they are by emailing us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or by giving us a call at 250-995-2428.

 

 

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Green Spots Underway

Since 2005 sixteen local elementary and middle schools created outdoor naturescape gardens through our Green Spots Program.

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With unprecedented three-year funding from the Natural Sciences and Energy Research Council (NSERC) we plan to bring this innovative teaching program to many more growing minds in outdoor classrooms throughout the Region. This year’s planting season includes over 170 students at Lansdowne and Glanford Middle Schools. On November 29 at Landsdowne Middle School, Esquimalt First Nation drummer Augie Thomas welcomed the new native plant garden planned by a committee including HAT’s Todd Carnahan, School District 61 Grounds Foreman Al Hood, Principal Ken Andrews, parents, teachers, and UVic Restoration of Natural Systems program students. Connecting kids to nature is part of HAT’s core mandate. If your school community is looking for guidance on creating outdoor classrooms, contact Todd Carnahan at 250.995.2428 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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