Simple Steps: Volunteer, Have Fun, Conserve Nature, Be Appreciated.


Mark August 27th on your calenders for a fun filled day of free food and nature conservation, all while being surrounded by Victoria's natural beauty. We have two events happening on August 27th, one involves some volunteering with our staff while the other involves the staff showing our appreciation for all our volunteers!  Check out all the details below and RSVP on our facebook page.

10:00 - 2:00pm - Havenwood Park Community Nature Walk, Lunch and Weed Warrior session - RSVP HERE -!/event.php?eid=218269331559315

Colwood's largest public park is the beautiful 40-acre Havenwood Park. On Saturday August 27 from 10-2 pm join Habitat Acquisiton Trust at the park for a free lunch, nature walk and free hands-on workshop and work party for habitat restoration. Register asap to reserve your free lunch and your family's spot on the fascinating and educational nature tour. Together Colwood residents and HAT volunteers can protect one of Canada's most endangered ecosystems. The time to act is now before invasives outcompete the rare and sensitive native ecosystem. HAT staff will provide tools, gloves, lunch and expertise. Car pooling space is also available. Please bring long-sleeved clothing with hat, a water bottle, sturdy shoes, and sunscreen.

4:00 - 7:00pm -HAT Volunteer Appreciation Celebration at Francis King - RSVP HERE-!/event.php?eid=216894671696161

Habitat Acquisition Trust depends on fantastic volunteers to help protect Victoria's endangered ecosystems! It's time to celebrate your work! Every single HAT volunteer is invited to Francis King Park's Ranger's Cabin for a casual dinner, free interpretive nature walk and fun. The area is wheelchair accessible. This a family-friendly event so the whole family can attend. We can't wait to see you and to celebrate another suc...cessful year of protecting nature in Victoria! Let us know if you need a ride, We will try to assist you.


Breaking News: Bob McDonald is coming to Conservation Connection 2011

Our Conservation Connection Forum has always been an event that brings out the very best of the conservation community and this year is no different. Entering its 11th year, we are pleased to announce that Vancity is sponsoring CBC Radio's Quirks and Quarks host Bob McDonald keyntote!  Bob has just been named to the Order of Canada and we are all huge fans of his radio program and his blog, which he updates regularly. If you are not familiar with Quirks and Quarks, we have provided some links below and encourage you to jump into the podcast archives. Everyone is dancing with joy in the office right now and we cannot wait to hear Bob speak on September 30th at Royal Roads University.

Bob McDonald

Bob Mcdonald Links!

Podcasts anyone? CLICK HERE!
Bob's Blog!

Bio: Bob McDonald has been communicating science internationally through television, radio, print and live presentations for more than 30 years. He is the host of CBC Radio’s Quirks and Quarks, the award-winning science program with a national audience of nearly 500,000 people. He is also a regular reporter for CBC Television’s The National as well as Gemini winning host and writer of the children’s series Head’s Up. McDonald has also hosted Greatest Canadian Invention and the seven-part series Water Under Fire.

As a print journalist, McDonald has authored three science books and contributed to numerous science textbooks, newspapers and magazines including The Globe and Mail, Owl Magazine and many others. His latest book is Measuring the Earth With a Stick, and he has written the introductions to The Quirks & Quarks Question Book, The Guide to Space: 42 Questions (and Answers) About Life, the Universe, and Everything as well as Nasty, Brutish and Short, the Quirks Guide to Animal Sex.

Beyond his work in media, McDonald is Chairman of Geospace, an exciting new environmental centre and planetarium for the Toronto Waterfront.

McDonald has been honoured for his outstanding contribution to the promotion of science in Canada as the recipient of the Michael Smith Award from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, the Sir Sanford Fleming Medal from the Royal Canadian Institute and the McNeil Medal from The Royal Society of Canada. McDonald was also the recipient of a 2008 Gemini Award for Best Host in a Pre-School, Children's or Youth Program or Series.

He has received six honourary Doctorates, from the University of Guelph, Carleton University, Laurentian, McMaster, University of Winnipeg and University of Calgary.  In 2011, he was appointed to the Order of Canada.

Bob McDonald's talk will be presented by VanCity and we cannot thank our sponsors enough for all they have done to ensure that this year's Conservation Connection will be a memorable one. The Victoria Foundation continues to step up and help us to create this event as well as Royal Roads University who provides the amazing venue and food.

Conservation Connection 2011

Regsiter for the Conservation Connection Forum at the Royal Roads University Department of Continuing Studies:

The Conservation Connection Forum is funded by the:


Bob McDonald's Keynote is sponsored by:


Conference facilities have been provided free of charge by:

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Video Nostalgia






With the help of Shaw TV  and their program The Daily, we were able to dig deep into our video archives and pull out some gems that were filmed over five years ago! It is amazing to watch these clips and see how far HAT has come in terms of conservation of these spaces as well as our other initiatives. We have also launched our own YouTube page here - which we will be updating regularly as we get out and film some of our covenants and upcoming events. Enjoy!





With the latest installment of Conservation Connection just around the corner (September 30th), why not take a look back at what the event looked liked in 2007!


One of our earlist covenants - Matson Land, is still being restored and cared for by our amazing volunteers and staff. Here is a short clip of Todd exploring the land way back in 2005.



Our 15th Anniversary is just around the corner but lets take a look back at where our organization was at on our 10th Anniversary.


Celebrate Community Conservation

We are having a community celebration to show our support for all of the amazing community members that help us restore and protect natural habitats. Everyone from our habitat stewards to our board of directors deserve recognition for all the work they do! Check out the details on the event poster below:




Hot Fun in the Summertime!

"End of the spring and here she comes back...them summer days, those summer days" - Sly & The Family Stone


Here at HAT we cannot be more excited for SUMMER! Family fun has never been so accessible and educational!

This summer HAT is partening with local groups  and CRD parks to host events for the entire family. Kids can beachcomb and discover the amazingly diverse ecosystems of Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park, budding naturalists can enjoy birding with trained naturalists and the hands-on type can enhance ecosystems at our ecosystem enhancement events.

Tuesday, July 5 | 10am—2pm Marine Day (Drop-in Event)—All ages. Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park (Metchosin) Join CRD Regional Parks’ naturalists for this celebration of our precious marine environment. Scuba divers will bring up creatures from the deep, see live displays, view resident harbour seals, make sand creature creations and more! Drop by anytime between 10am and 2pm. Be prepared to get your feet wet (bring sandals or beach shoes). Bring a picnic lunch and plan to stay awhile. Park in the main parking lot off Metchosin Road and follow the 20-minute forest trail to the beach to the CRD Regional Parks’ tents. BC Transit #54 or #55

Sunday, July 17 | 10am—1pm A Taste of Wonderful Witty’s (Drop-in Event)–All ages, Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park (Metchosin) Witty’s Lagoon is a beautiful and diverse ocean park – from brilliant birdwatching to fantastic beachcombing, CRD Regional Park’ naturalists and Habitat Acquisition Trust team up at this family drop-in event to help you discover Witty’s amazing diversity. High—powered spotting scopes, binoculars, dip nets, and crafts await your exploration.  Meet at the grassy area adjacent to the main beach. BC Transit # 54 or #55

Saturday, July 23 | 10-2pm "Firehall Creek" enhancement site Luxton Fairgrounds (RSVP to Volunteer!)- 1040 Marwood Ave. just off of Sooke Road. Firehall Creek enhancement site is located at the historic Luxton Fairgrounds. HAT staff and the Bilston Watershed Habitat Protection Association are hosting a day of habitat enhancement, ecological games and kid’s activities.  Join in the fun by volunteering to enhance ecosystems, by enjoying our activities or by stopping by for a quick chat with our staff biologist.  BC Transit # 50, #54, or #61

Saturday,  August 27 | 10am-2pm Havenwood Park Restoration (RSVP to Volunteer!) Havenwood Park is a 16.5 hectare (40 acre) parcel of land located in Colwood, British Columbia.  You can join HAT staff and members of Friends of Havenwood Park to remove invasive and noxious invasive species and enhancec the beauty of the park. The park has complex topography, comprised of moderately to steeply sloped hillsides with an elevation range of 100m to 165m above sea level. It contains bedrock outcrop Garry Oak ecosystems, wetland/riparian habitat, permanent/ephemeral watercourses and a mixed cover of second growth coniferous and deciduous trees. This will definitely be a day to remember.

Saturday, September 17 | 10am–12pm Super Dog Day (Guided Walk)–All ages. Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park (Metchosin) Bring the family to see a free show by Wonder Dogs Agility Training Group. Join Habitat Acquisition Trust and CRD Regional Parks to enjoy a walk on the trail with your pooch to celebrate another year of successful bird nesting and migration in this bird habitat hotspot. Dog show: 11:30. Meet at the Witty’s Lagoon nature centre off Metchosin RoadBC Transit # 54 or # 55

CRD Parks


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