Gala Dinner sold out & map

We pleased to announce that the Gala Dinner is sold ou, though we wish more of you could join us for the evening.

For those who have reserved seats for the evening, we look forward to seeing at 6:00pm at the Fireside Grill at 4509 West Saanich Rd tomorrow (March 10th).  See below for a map to the Fireside, and look for the large Garry oaks as you drive up West Saanich.

Thank you once again to our sponsors, The Pinch Group at Raymond James, and BMO Harris Private Banking, and to the local businesses that have donated items for the silent auction.

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Kids give Carr's lily field a makeover

Students at South Park Elementary have been doing more than planting trees in a corner of their Douglas Street schoolyard -they've been digging into the history of their James Bay community.

Makayla Kew, 9, right, holds up a worm to show her fellow South Park Elementary student Aurora Ralph, 7, while Aurora's sister Asha, 4, examines the soil.

Photograph by: Debra Brash, Times Colonist. Article by Jeff Bell

Students at South Park Elementary have been doing more than planting trees in a corner of their Douglas Street schoolyard -they've been digging into the history of their James Bay community.

With the help of workers from the City of Victoria and the Greater Victoria school district, and guidance from the Habitat Acquisition Trust, the students are creating a nativespecies garden in an area known to have been favoured by one of James Bay's most famous residents -Emily Carr.

One of the inspirations for the South Park students, staff and parents is a Carr essay she wrote in The Book of Small (first published in 1942), which describes the environs of the site they are improving at Douglas and Niagara streets, just across the roadway from Beacon Hill Park.

"Nothing, not even fairyland, could have been so lovely as our lily field," Carr wrote. "The field was roofed by tall, thin pine trees. The lilies were sprinkled everywhere."

The school project is part of the Habitat Acquisition Trust's Green Spots Program, which aims to help children from kindergarten to Grade 7 get closer to nature.

South Park vice-principal Anne Nilsen said the effort is the first part of a plan to reclaim an overgrown area full of invasive species and often fouled with garbage by passersby.

It will be returned to its natural state as a Garry oak meadow. "Eventually we'll have more trees planted in there and all sorts of things to make it really like a lovely garden," Nilsen said.

The assistance of city gardeners from Beacon Hill Park and school district personnel has made a big difference, Nilsen said.

"We've had co-operation from everybody."

Additional plantings will be done over the next several years.

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Thanks to all the Businesses that donated items for the silent auction

Update:  Thank you to Karen Wood for donating 2 fabolous baskets, and a framed, limited edition Sue Coleman giclee.

Also, the Four Seasons Whister has donated a 2 nights stay in a Deluxe King Room, and the Hemp & Company is donating a gift certificate. Four Seasons hotel Whistler

HAT is very lucky to have received donations from many local business for this years silent auction!  We'd like to say THANK YOU to:

Alternatives Magazine www.alternativesjournal.ca

BC Wineguys www.bcwineguys.com

Robert Bateman www.robertbateman.ca

Coastal Fitness Solutions www.coastalfitnesssolutions.com

Good Planet Company www.goodplanet.com

Kiwi Cove Lodge in Ladysmith www.kiwicovelodge.com

The Market Stores www.themarketstores.com

Moksha Yoga  www.mokshayogavictoria.com

Mountain Equipment Coop www.mec.ca

Ocean River Sports  www.oceanriver.com

Pacific Surf School www.pacificsurfschool.com

Pender Cottage Getaway www.penderisland.info

Philips Brewery www.phillipsbeer.com

Sapphire Day Spa www.sapphiredayspa.com

The Soap Exchange www.victoriasoapexchange.com

WetCleaner www.thewetcleaner.com

Wine Kitz www.winekitzsaanich.com

We hope you will join us on March 10th at the Fireside Grill!

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Latest issue of HAT Chat is up

The latest issue of HAT Chat is online.  Find out about the campaign to Save Mary Lake, our next Good Neighbours project, and Rainwolves in this latest issue. 

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Rainwolves

At our Gala Dinner next month, HAT is pleased to have Dr. Chris Darimont speaking.  Chris is a Conservation Biologist and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California (Santa Cruz).  Much of Chris’ research has focused on ecological and niche variation, particularly among predators – such as the unique behavioural adaptations of the wolves of the Great Bear Rainforest.  While the ecosystems of the Central Coast and those of southern Vancouver Island are quite different, the unique relationship between wolves, bears, salmon and people have played an important role in both.

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Chris' research has helped us understand how wolves and salmon interact with other wildlife, and even plants, to help shape BC’s coastal forests into some of the richest, most productive forests on the planet.  Dr Darimont’s work, combined with his passion and spectacular photography, has led him to be featured in the National Geographic documentary Last Stand of the Great Bear, and to co-author of the award-winning book The Last Wild Wolves; Ghosts of the Great Bear Rainforest. His research has been recognized as well – in 2009 Discover magazine cited a paper Chris was the lead author of as number 30 on their list of the top 100 science stories.  Our understanding of the role of apex predators, particularly wolves and bears, in coastal forests as expanded greatly in the past decade as Chris and other conservation biologists use technology, and a great deal of patience, to reveal the hidden lives of these charismatic creatures.

Twyla Roscovich posted this short documentary entitled Last of Wild Wolves, featuring Chris and his colleagues at the Raincoast Conservation Society.

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