Landsdowne Middle School Students Restore Garry Oak Meadow

P1120614Two seperate days this month, we were fortunate enough to have a large group of students from Landsdown Middle School come help us restory the Garry Oak meadows at the Matson Conservation Area. They were an enthusiastic group lead by their teacher Mme.Couture and were keen to not only pull invasive species but to learn about the creatures and various plant life that exists in a Garry Oak Meadow. It is an important time of year to get rid of the ivy and these students were able to make a big difference. It is important to never undersestimate the power of youth, their energy and tenacity when it came to pulling ivy and blackberry was great to see. Lansdowne Middle School also has a native plant garden on their property and are a great example and leader in terms of a school taking charge and helping to shape ecosystems at their school and abroad.

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HAT Wins Land Trust Award for Conservation Connection

IMG 3157We are proud to announce that we have recently been awarded a 2012 Land Trust Award - Best Program (non-land) for our 2011 Conservation Connection Forum. We cannot be happier receiving this award for an event that we put so much time and effort into to ensure that all conservation groups attending leave the event feeling inspired and educated on a new topic. The 2011 forum was a highlight for HAT as we had an amazing group of facilitators and workshop gurus during the day and then capped it off with an uplifting speech from the one and only Bob McDonald. You can read more about Conservation Connection here and we look forward to seeing you all again this September for the 2012 forum. Thanks again to Land Trust Alliance of BC for hosting a great conference and a wonderful awards ceremony,

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Nature Conservancy of Canada Helps Matson Lands

Katy-Fulton-n-Hailey-ONeill-NCC-covenant-monitors-at-matsonHAT and the Nature Conservancy of Canada have worked together for many years to create conservation legacies including the Matson Lands in 2004. NCC holds and monitors the covenant on this HAT property which is a demonstration site for urban habitat management. Enjoying May’s spectacular wildflower blooms, NCC staff Katy Fulton and intern Hailey O’Neill review conservation covenant monitoring procedures at Matson’s nationally-significant harbourside oak meadows.

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Creatures of Habitat - Students Taking Action

Todd and Peter had the pleasure of contributing to an annual childrens' stewardship event coordinated by Peninsula Streams known as Creatures of Habitat. Each year they set up an activity filled day at Royal Oak Middle School (ROMS) and others, focusing on ecosystem restoration on their school property. Mulching, weeding, invasive plant removal and garbage clean up were all a part of this fun filled day that saw upwards of 300 different students get outside to care for and improve their school grounds. It was really inspirational to see middle school children working hard to ensure that their school's streams and meadows would become better habitat for fish and wildlife. ROMS students led by Angus Stewart have been restoring their Garry Oak Meadow and an onsite tributary of the salmon bearing Colquitz Creek through HAT's Green Spots Program since 2008. For some students it was their third year of attacking blackberry. We look forward to helping out with these type of events more in the future and they will continue to inspire us to always push the limits with our own projects. For more information on the Creatures of Habitat Event click here.

 

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FREE Native Plant Garden Tour - April 29th

Update April 30th, 2012:Thank you to the Garden hosts and everyone who came out!

Talk about the perfect opportunity to get out on your bike and have a wonderful afternoon engaging with native plant gardens in Victoria! This free event is one that you will not want to miss and the best part about it is that you get to choose when and where you want to go! Join us for a very special garden tour. See Garry oak ecosystems and other native plant species in five very different private gardens around Victoria. Some gardens are small, others are much larger; some are young, others are older; some contain high plant species diversity, others have mass plantings of a few species.

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