- Created: Thursday, 18 December 2008 15:57
Join us for a free presentation by Todd Carnahan
at Swan Lake Nature House
7-9 pm, Wednesday, December 17th
~ How the Turtle Got Painted ~
and Other Tales
HAT's man in the field Todd Carnahan presents anecdotes from a season chasing turtles, snakes, and kids with rakes. Also, a Special Guest TBA... From Knockan Hill to Havenwood Park, HAT has been working in your community to create conservation legacies. 2008 was a busy time for the land trust - We'll survey the highlights of HAT's outreach and research over the last 12 months.
Learn why the Painted Turtle crossed the road and other mysteries. Find out what it takes to get over 100 children planting a naturescape garden in winter weather. Discover Vancouver Island's smallest snake and meet the hardest working conservationists in your region. Coffee, Tea, snacks, and excellent taxidermy.
HAT members, staff, board members, and other volunteers invite you to join them for our Annual General Meeting. We promise less bureaucracy and more nature photos.
Call 250 995 2428 for details.
Directions to Swan Lake
By Car: (From Downtown Victoria) Go North on Blanshard St. ( Pat Bay Highway #17) and take the McKenzie Avenue exit, right on Rainbow St., left on Ralph St., right on Swan Lake Road. The parking lot entrance is on the left.
By Bus: (From Downtown Victoria) Take Pat Bay Highway #70 or Central Saanich #75 to McKenzie interchange, walk east one block on McKenzie Avenue, right on Rainbow St., left on Ralph St., right on Swan Lake Road, follow the road into the Nature House. Total walking time is around 10 minutes.
November 21st was a fantastic day at the new KELSET Elementary School. The day was crisp and windy, but the rain held off as we got to work with our shovels and rakes.
As a part of HAT's Green Spots education program, 6 classes from Kindergarten to grade 5 planted the naturescape garden with over 200 native shrubs and trees. The students planned the garden, deciding where the plants would go and which features will be included in the space.
Thank you to all the students and staff at KELSET for all of their hard work, and to the parent volunteers who came out to lend a hand. JB and Earl Claxton Jr. from the TSAWOUT First Nations Community were there as well, and Dave Friend of Friendly organics. There were special appearances at the end of the day from Holly Arntzen and Kevin Wright, as well as HAT's own Garry Oakley! Shaw Daily came to cover the event, so keep your eyes open for the segment on TV.
The garden will be used as an outdoor classroom by the staff at KELSET, where students can learn about the local ecosystem and the history of the land around them. This is just the first part of the natural school ground that is planned for the new school.
This little critter would sit neatly on a loonie, but he'd rather hide under a rock pile or rotten log in some woodland. More unicorns have been spotted in our region than Sharp-tailed Snakes because most haven't even heard of Sharpies. Despite their probable objections, HAT is trying to increase the little serpent's profile so that it can persist for another few thousand years in our region. This snake and 117 other Species at Risk in the same habitats (Garry oak ecosystems) are facing the greatest threat since the ice age - explosive urban development. For three years HAT and biologist Christian Engelstoft have been locating previously unknown Sharpie populations from Metchosin to Galiano Island with the help of landowners with suitable habitats. We want to know where the snakes live so that as development occurs, their needs are taken into consideration. We're only now learning about their habitat requirements and what it will take to maintain this biological hotspot called Southern Vancouver Island. For more information on this project including a comparison of Sharpies to garter snakes, click here.