Land in the Highlands Acquired for Conservation

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Located! The Search for the Screech pays off

The Search for the Screech - hoot hoot!

After several years of surveying and coming up short, we are excited to announce that a NEW Western Screech Owl (WESO) territory has been located, in Metchosin on February 18 2021!

Below is a link to our audio clip we posted on Instagram, and if you turn it waaayyy up and you might hear the call of the Metchosinite WESO🦉 recorded by two new HAT Habitat Stewards on their back deck. This is an exciting discovery since we knew these little owls used to have territories in this area, but we hadn't heard them calling during nesting season in over a decade. With only five known territories left in the region (that could be as few as 10 individuals left in the CRD) each new territory is precious, and much be protected.

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Stewardship Mapping Workshop

 This free online workshop is taking place on February 10th, 2021 from 9:30am - 12:30pm. 

See full description below!

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EXTENDED - Call our for a Conservation Connections Forum Facilitator

It has been a few years since the last time HAT convened our Conservation Connections Forum (CCF), and we are excited to announce that we are in the early stages of planning the 2021 event. The CCF has always been a space where conservation organizations from around Southern Vancouver Island and the Southern Gulf Islands, and BC, come together to discuss our work, share our successes, explore challenges, and connect around our shared experiences. Our intention for this year’s Forum (even though it will be online) is to focus on a topical question: How can conservation contribute to Indigenous reconciliation through trust-based partnerships on the territories on Southern Vancouver Island?

To help guide HAT through the organizing process, and to make sure that the Forum comes together in a way that is respectful of Indigenous ways, and to ensure that we are cultivating an inclusive, opened, and ethical space, HAT is looking to identify an Indigenous facilitator who might be this guide. 

We are looking for proposals on what this facilitation would look like to you and for details please see the-- Call for Applicants --and please share with anyone you know who might be a great fit for this position. This is a fixed-term contract, beginning as soon as the candidate can be identified and concluding after the forum.

If you have any questions about the Conservation Connections Forum, or about submitting a proposal for consideration for the Facilitator Position, please email Chris "Kikila" Perrin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Music for a Cause

Music and community, what could be a better pairing when socially isolated and lacking for fun events to participate in? Combining a sense of belonging, and supporting programs that do a lot of good locally, that’s what!

That is exactly what happened Saturday, January 30 2021 when the Wavelengths Community Choir and the Gettin’ Higher Choir (GHC) joined voices for the second time since COVID-19 pushed their individual performances last spring for an online concert event. Both choirs are non-audition, and they have both been bringing people together and sharing the gift of song in powerful ways for many years (the GHC was founded in 1996 and Wavelengths in 2018).

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