Giving Tuesday 4 Paths to Generosity: There's no place like Habitat for the Holidays!

If a shopping frenzy is not exactly aligned with your values as the ideal way to enter the season of giving and celebration, HAT has your back. Giving Tuesday (Nov 28th) is a day to kick off the winter holidays infused with the holiday spirit of seflessness, giving, and looking out for the community.



In keeping with that spirit of spreading good cheer, we've rounded up four inspirational ways to do good locally and spread cheer this year:

1. Make a donation in support of conservation with HAT

The simplest way to have a direct impact on the preservation of nature is to make a gift from your heart straight to the wild places and species that need it most. It's that simple.

Click here or call in to 250-995-2428 today to enter the holidays with a cheer for conservation and the warm feeling only a gift of good will can give.

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2. Share your #UNselfie

Love them or hate them, it turns out that selfies can be a tool for good. When your selfie shows the kindness and the time you gift to the community, you're showing the world how they can take part too. It's such an easy thing to do, and it may get others thinking about how to give back to the community. So if you feel like sharing, use the hastag #UNselfie and #givingtuesday to give an online gift that costs nothing and just keeps giving.

Post a photo of how you give to the community and feel free to share with us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. It could be the inspiration that someone needs to do good too.

3. Give the gift of habitat - Adopt an Acre for wildlife!

Adopt an acre ad 2016You know what they say, "There's no place like home for the holidays!" It's so true, and a huge part of what makes our homes here on the west coast so special is our natural surroundings. You can give animals in this neck of the woods the habitat they need to cozy up with their families too by symbolically adopting an acre.

When you symbolically Adopt an Acre for wildlife to protect, enhance, or restore, you or the person you'd like to give a gift to will receive a certificate of adoption in the mail (or by email).

A wreath or a holiday plant are both traditional gifts, but wouldn't it be even nicer to say you've contributed to the eternal protection of a piece of the local forest or meadow?

These funds will go towards the Land Protection Fund - that will permanently protect habitats for our plants and animals in need of safe and secure place to live.

Your gift is extremely important - it offers immediate resources directed to current needs of native animals, plants, and their habitats at risk of disappearing.

Every living thing requires a home for the holidays and beyond, but our local flora and fauna are rapidly disappearing as human demands on the land increase.

That is why it’s more important than ever to conserve land now, to provide tools to protect and restore nature, to teach future generations about the importance of nature, and their role within it.

How to Adopt an Acre online:

1. Under "Donation Amount" select how many acres you would like to symbolically adopt $50/acre - a steal!

2. Under "Include a message for this charity", you can indicate whether you would like to direct your donation to enhance habitat for wildlife, restore, or protect habitat through the land protection fund.

You can also indicate whether you would like your symbolic adoption certificate to feature a Western Screech Owl | Amphibian | Bat | Blue-grey Taildropper Slug | or Sharptailed Snake as a reminder of the native creatures in need of habitat protection.

3. Under "Dedicate Your Donation" select IN HONOUR OF with recipient name and contact information

You are done!

4. A gift with a positive footprint - Clothing for Conservation with HAT and Hemp & Company

If you're looking for something a little more tangible to give that someone special or place on your wishlist, but still want to make a gift that gives and gives, you don't have to throw shopping off the table entirely. Hemp & Company has partnered with Habitat Acquisiton Trust to offer HAT logo printed organic hemp clothing.

Purchase any Hemp & Company brand clothing online or in store and request the HAT logo printed on it to have 30% of your purchase becomes a gift in support of HAT's conservation programs.

An organic, sustainable, local gift powering conservation, now that's something magical.

Here's how to do it (you don't even have to set foot in a shopping mall):

1. Visit the Hemp & Company store online or in person at 1312 Government Street.

2. Pick your clothing style and colour

3. Request the garment to be printed with the HAT logo in person or by clicking "add to cart" and typing in the "special instructions box". 

4. Celebrate receiving and/or giving a gift that touches the lives of your favourite living beings. Yay!

Whatever your giving style, we know you'll let your generosity shine bright this holiday season. Let's spread joy and cheer with conservation this year!




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Have you explored employee giving?

pecsfimageMany businesses offer their employees matching gift programs or the option to automatically give a portion of their pay to charity. Have you explored this option with your employer? It's an easy way to support programs in the community over time and typically only needs to be set-up once, saving yourself time so you can do more to save the world!

One example of this kind of program is PECSF or the Provincial Employees Community Services Fund.

Are you or someone you know working for the Province of BC?

Through PECSF provincial employees can select Habitat Acquisition Trust to receive your donations through payroll. With the giving season around the corner, we hope you will consider this easy and impactful method of giving to support habitat protection, enhancement, and restoration for local wildlife and towards a resilient future for our communities. 

You can find a step-by-step guide to signing up for PECSF and how to make a difference with HAT here. Please note: we advise you to keep you thinking HATs on, as the directions are a simplified version. Remember to search for "Habitat Acquisition Trust" when making your giving choice. Thank you for choosing to make a difference with nature preservation!


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Recognizing our volunteer of the month for November: Marlo Shaw

marlo and paigeMarlo Shaw (left) first jumped into volunteering with Habitat Acquisition Trust in 2014 and since then has been an incredible force for the good of nature. From ecological restoration to behind-the-scenes office-based work Marlo does a little bit of everything and it really adds up. 

"I love volunteering for HAT because I get the opportunity to spend time with incredible, knowledgable people in places that I wouldn't normally be able to visit. I feel that HAT's goals and initiatives align with my passions for engaging community members and connecting people to nature. I am so grateful to feel love and support from the HAT staff and I am more than happy to return that same love and support to an organization that I care about," says Marlo.

In September, Marlo returned to volunteering with HAT after some time abroad bringing smiles to all of the HAT staff that had worked closely with her before. Since her return, Marlo has been a part of the 20th Birthday Nature Fundraiser team, preparing the online and silent auction items for HATters eager to bid. Marlo has also been a key player on three habitat restoration events and during outreach events at both UVIC and in Sidney for All Buffleheads Day.

"My favourite moment when volunteering with HAT would have to be a quiet lunch that we had on a beautiful day pulling broom on Camas Hill looking out onto a beautiful Garry Oak Meadow. I was very grateful to be in such a beautiful place with such interesting, hard working people." - Marlo

Her willingness to get involved and follow through with enthusiasm is appreciated so very much by everyone at HAT. We are so pleased to feature you Marlo!


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T-SOU-KE Nation Partners with HAT for Pollinators

TSouke pollinator days poster

Sunday, Nov 20th, 10 am - 3:00 PM join other HAT Volunteers and the T'SOU-KE Nation at Ladybug Nursery for a day of native species planting and invasive blackberry removal. The goal is to plant hedgerows of native plants to encourage local pollinating species to help pollinate the nursery's plants too. 

Lunch, tools, and training will be covered by HAT. You need only bring yourself, some water, and the right clothes for a comfortable day of work outside. 

Rides can be arranged, the #61 bus also stops nearby at Sooke and Kaltasin Rd. 

Speaking about the T'Sou-ke community's Ladybug Nursery and comprehensive community planning towards sustainability, Chief Gordon Planes has said,

"We are setting the table for future generations. There is an appetite for change and I really believe that the next generation is the one that is going to make positive changes. The Creator provided the resources for us to take care of ourselves. We are doing that a lot… I see huge opportunity for all of us and I encourage others to get in the canoe with us to build a stronger, sustainable economy. All of us can prosper together."

Please share this poster with people you know that might like to get involved! Bonus habitat stewardship points if you post it on a local community message board or share with a group you're involved with.

Can't make it but like to support HAT's work in the community? Consider making a donation today.


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Why are we out flipping cardboard in the forest?

Ordinarily, if you were out for a walk in a park and saw people leaving cardboard behind, you might have something to say. It might not be good, understandably. But Habitat Acquisition Trust has a reason for you to think twice about removing or disturbing some very particular cardboard you might come across in the woods.

bgt Kristiina ovaska

In the quest to better assess the habitat needs of the elusive and endangered Blue-grey Taildropper Slug (Prophysaon coeruleum, photo right by Kristiina Ovaska) with permission from local parks and private landowners HAT has been intentionally placing small squares of cardboard on the ground in places where these slugs are suspected to live. Believe or not, these pieces of cardboard, referred to as Artificial Cover Objects or ACOs, provide a kind of shelter that slugs and snails will use. This makes regularly spaced ACOs a great way to research an area's gastropod populations. You can tell that these pieces are for research and not garbage because they are marked with numbers and spaced evenly.

So, if you're out for a stroll in the forest and come across some of us flipping soggy cardboard, you might have something to say after all: "Find any Blue-grey Taildropper Slugs?"

If you would like to help out with gastropod surveys, please send a message to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you or your friends and family are free Sat. Nov 19th from 10:30 - 1:30, RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to join us for a day of removing invasive species to imporve Blue-grey Taildropper Slug habitat at Thetis Lake. RSVP for details!

Over the next several weeks HATters will be especially vigilant for the blue beauties. If you've found a Blue-grey Taildropper (BGT) be sure to take a picture right away and send it along to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. It's important to snap a shot fast because once disturbed a BGT on the surface is likely to bury into the litter. This small slug is tough enough to spot as is, but once buried beneath the leaf litter and soil, there's not much of a chance of finding them again.


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