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Habitat Restoration Update!

Spring has sprung and HAT has been busy doing some restoration work with our volunteers!

Wednesday, March 8th brought a restoration session on our Matson lands with a team of 15 lovely volunteers. The team dug up invasive plant bulbs to make room for an expanse of native species! 

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Thanks to Cafe fantastico for keeping us warm during this chilly start to spring!  

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Shoreline Protection and Stewardship - A New Addition to our Stewardship Series

shorelineguidephotoThis year, HAT is focusing on Shoreline Stewardship and the protection of the delicate coastal environment. We have added a new guide, Shoreline Protection and Stewardship, to our Stewardship Series which you can download from our Publications Page. It is brimming with information to help you maintain and rehabilitate your waterfront property, including the best native plants for soft-scaping, how to beach comb responsibly, and how to adapt to changing shores.

 

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Bat Boxers: Stewards for Chiroptera on South Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands

Xavier Mouy and bat boxEvery summer dedicated Bat Monitors are able to gather data on our local Chiroptera (that's the order bats belong to!) This is done at 16 sites thanks to the Bat Stewards that cooperate with HAT to protect their bat roosts.

Recently we've connected several proud new Bat Stewards with their very own bat houses. These maternity boxes can house up to 90 mothers and pups.

Pictured to to the top right is Bat Steward extraordinaire Xavier Mouy with a stand-alone rocket box for bats.

Stewardship Coordinator Paige Erickson-McGee says, "Xavier is a stellar volunteer who has been helping us with analyzing Western Screech Owl call recordings with professional software."

Also pictured here is Tyler Brown with his bat box. Tyler has kindly agreed to do his part for bats by purchasing, installing, and monitoring his new box for any bats that decide to make it their home.

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 The HAT Community Bat Program is supported by LUSH and MEC

You can help HAT steward bats with a gift today at hat.bc.ca/donate

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Nature Literature and Living with the Land: Perspectives from the Haig-Brown Family

Mary Haig Brown Volunteer CounterA writer, fisherman, and conservationist, now recognized as a National Historic Figure for Canada, Roderick Haig-Brown said this about conservation:

"I have been, all my life, what is known as a conservationist. It seems clear beyond possibility of argument that any given generation of men can have only lease, not ownership, of the earth; and one essential term of the lease is that the earth be handed down to the next generation with unimpaired potentialities. This is the conservationist’s concern."

We spoke with the late Mr. Haig-Brown's daughter Mary about her family's involvement in protecting nature and about her father's inspiring writings. Mary Haig-Brown a HAT supporter and Habitat Steward not only protects important space for wildlife on her land, but also takes the lead actively volunteering with Friends of Tod Creek Watershed alongside Peninsula Streams Society for the restoration of Todd Creek.

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February Volunteer Spotlight Recognizing Margaret How and James Chapman

Margaret How and James Chapman at MatsonThis month HAT would like to recognize the inspiring volunteerism of Margaret How and James Chapman.

When we asked the HAT staff, who should we shine the spotlight on to say thank you to next? HAT Biologist Kristiina Ovaska instantly chimed in, "these two! They're at every event I've organized."

If you've been out volunteering with us there's a good chance you've met James and Margaret. We asked these two to share something about themselves that you may not already know.

Margaret says, "I have become passionate about nature here and it extends to restoring wood furniture rather than it becoming garbage."

James says, "I moved to Victoria in 1984 from the Peace River Country. I love animals and cartoons."

Margaret and James come together for conservation, time after time.
That kind of regular commitment is certainly something to praise. In fact, we'll be seeing them both at Habitat Acquisition Trust's first restoration event of the season in only a short while. Margaret also selflessly volunteered her time to set-up the AGM that so many guests enjoyed.

"Volunteering with HAT and CRD parks is the best way we can think of to express and share our gratitude for the amazing natural world we live in," explains Margaret.

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