HAT welcomes summer at the beach

The Cordova Shore Good Neighbours Project has had a successful launch in Central Saanich this month accompanied by gloriously sunny beach weather. Over the past two weeks, HAT has been at Island View Beach and throughout the neighbourhood working with residents and visitors to better understand and conserve the rare habitats of the Saanich Peninsula. The dune ecosystems around Island View contain many sensitive plants that have been protected and used for food and medicinal purposes by the TSAWOUT First Nation for centuries. Judith Lavoie highlighted the significance of these species under the direction of ethno botanists Lewis Williams and Earl Claxton Jr. in a recent Times Colonist article: "The sand dunes we love to death."

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On Sunday, July 11, HAT successfully co-hosted an Eelgrass Mapping Event with Seachange Marine Conservation Society and TSAWOUT. Nikki Wright IBVeel1webled an informative talk about eelgrass habitats and their importance in the lives of nearly all of our wild salmon on the coast. For this event we also conducted a valuable eelgrass mapping exercise, were led on a dune walk with Lewis Williams, and visited with birds of prey from Pacific Northwest Raptors. We have two more exciting events planned for this summer, for details please click here

Learning about salt marshes and intertidal plants is essential for a complete understanding of our coastal ecosystems, but the real progress on the project occurs as a result of local landowners who make a personal IBVeel2webcommitment to habitat conservation. Since early July, HAT has been visiting with residents in the Tetayut Creek watershed, Noble Creek watershed, and ocean catchment watersheds throughout Central Saanich and the bordering municipalities. We’re finding that residents in this area are passionate about creating natural habitats on their properties, buffering and protecting streams, removing invasive weed species, and continuing to spread the word about stewardship opportunities in the community. To these, we say thank you.

For more information about the Good Neighbours Project, CLICK HERE.

If you have any questions, or would like to book a free and confidential visit on your property with our HAT land care biologist, please contact Todd or Kimberly at 250-995-2428.

 

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Organic Islands Festival

Update: Thanks to everyone who joined HAT at the Organic Islands Festival this past weekend and made it such a great event!

From the Organic Islands website:

“The Organic Islands Festival and Sustainability Expo features fun and entertainment for all ages:

  • Discover provocative, inspiring education about health and sustainability, and how to effectively make it part of everyday life.
  • Shop and learn from 150 eco-friendly, local businesses, farms, fair trade and community organizations.
  • Get expert advice on greening your home, garden, body and soul at the Expo and on the Main Stage.
  • Sample organic food, fair trade coffee, chocolate, beverages and enjoy farm fresh produce from forty exhibits.
  • Test drive a $1 million fuel cell vehicle. See sustainable technology demos at work."
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Conservation Connection 2010

Connect with conservation leaders in our community, including Elizabeth May, leader of the Green Party of Canada; Ken Cossey, Tsawout Lands Manager; local MPs and MLAs, many other presenters, and representatives from local conservation organizations and governments.

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The 10th annual Conservation Connection forum brings together organizations working on environmental issues in our region to build partnerships and capacity.  This full day forum is organized by Habitat Acquisition Trust and sponsored by Continuing Studies Royal Roads University.  There will be mix of topical, facilitated discussions, and capacity-building workshops.  This year will include sessions on fundraising and planned giving, land use planning on First Nations land, linking academic research with conservation initiatives, an Open Space session, and “big picture” politics and local conservation with regional MPs and MLAs.

Any individual who works or volunteers for a not-for-profit organization is welcome to register under the Not-for-Profit rate.

For more information, keep an eye on our Conservation Connection page, where the agenda and speaker list will be posted.  Online registration at Royal Roads University will be open soon.

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Double your donation!

Here is a chance for you to double your support of HAT! For every new dollar HAT gets in monthly donations, the Pinch Group will match it.
  • If you become a new monthly donor your donation will be matched dollar for dollar
  • If you are already a monthly donor and you increase the amount you donate, it will also be matched

This is an incredible opportunity for HAT and we are seeking new monthly donations until the end of the summer. To become a monthly donor by credit card click on the "Donate Now" logo to the left (CanadaHelps.org). To set up an automatic bank account debit, or if you would like to increase the amount you currently donate, please call the office (250 995-2428).

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Island View Beach events

It’s time to talk about survival in some of British Columbia’s rarest ecosystems. The endangered sand dunes of IslandViewBeach along the TIXEN/Cordova Shore are an fishfunexceptionally beautiful and rare part of the SaanichPeninsula. HAT has partnered with the Tsawout First Nation and CRDParks, to host community events in July and August through our Cordova Shore Good Neighbours Project. The Project aims to engage landowners, families, and other park visitors in stewardship of sensitive natural areas along the Shore. The upcoming events for this summer include:

Eelgrass Mapping Workshop

Sunday, July 11th

9am to 2pm

IslandViewBeachRegionalPark

Help SeaChange and Habitat Acquisition Trust (HAT) map rare and sensitive Eelgrass habitat during a super low tide! Seagrass Conservation Working Group Co-Chair Nikki Wright leads a workshop training session beginning at 9am. Find out why this unique park is home to threatened eelgrass "meadows" that nurture fish populations. Your family may see shore birds, hermit crabs, and moon snails residing along Island View's living beaches.  Participants please bring your GPS (optional) and beachwear. Meet us at the parking lot at the end of 

Homathko Road
, left turn off
Island View Road
(drive one kilometre parallel to the beach and through the campground). Call 250 995 2428 for more information, or call 250 812 7467 on the date.

 

Birding at Low Tide 

Sunday, July 25

11am to 2pm

IslandViewBeachRegionalPark

A morning low tide during the full moon attracts feeding shorebirds, and IslandViewBeach is one of the best places to see them. Visit the bird of prey demonstration and watch the ScallyWags Dog Agility Group stars run challenge courses (two show times: 12:30pm & 1:30pm). Observe wild birds through high-powered scopes in the beach and dunes, and visit the tidal touch tank. Get your free guide to gardening for birds. This special family event is co-hosted by Habitat Acquisition Trust (HAT) and CRDParks.  Meet us at the CRD tents off

Homathko Road
, off
Island View Road
(drive one kilometre parallel to the beach and through the campground). Call 250 995 2428 for more information, or call 250 812 7467 on the date.

 

Super Dog Day

Saturday, August 14

11am to 2pm  

Island View Beach Regional Park

The dogs days of summer are super on the beach with your pet! See the amazing Wonder Dogs perform stunts at IslandViewBeach (two show times: 12:30pm & 1:30pm).  Take the dunes tour with biologists and other dog lovers to learn about the wild side of the seaside. Meet us at the CRD tents along

Homathko Road
, left off
Island View Road
(drive 400 metres parallel to the beach, parking before the campground entrance). Call 250 995 2428 for more information, or call 250 812 7467 on the date.

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