We are thrilled to be starting 2017 with a new staff member! Christina Waddle has joined HCTF as our Conservation Specialist. This is a new position at HCTF, created to help administer our growing investments in conservation lands management, as well as our acquisition and fisheries operations & maintenance granting programs. Christina has a wealth of experience in both administration and conservation lands management. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree with the University of Manitoba in 2001. Following graduation, she moved to Victoria and began working for The Land Conservancy of BC in various positions, eventually as Regional Manager for Vancouver Island. More recently, she spent 5 years with the University of Victoria’s Ocean Networks Canada in administrative roles. Welcome Christina!
Our best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season. Please note that our office will be closed December 26th through January 2nd. We look forward to working with you in 2017.
'Tis the season for the Christmas Bird Count , and Bird Studies Canada is hosting an event especially designed for young birders. The Ladner Christmas Bird Count for Kids will take place this Saturday at the Reifel Bird Sanctuary in Delta, BC. Full detail are available here . Not in Delta? Visit Bird Studies Canada's website to see if there's another Christmas Bird Count event happening near you!
We are pleased to announce that the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF) has signed a Letter of Agreement (LOA) with the Forest Enhancement Society of British Columbia (FESBC). This one-year agreement will result in increased funding available for wildlife habitat projects, with FESBC prepared to contribute up to half a million dollars. This will be in addition to the two to three million dollars that HCTF grants to wildlife projects annually. About FEBSC In February 2016, the BC Government announced the formation of a new organization called the Forest Enhancement Society of BC (FESBC). At the time of its formation, the BC Government provided an initial contribution of $85 million to the Society. The purpose of the Society is as follows: A. To advance environmental and resource stewardship of British Columbia’s forests by: preventing and mitigating the impact of wildfires; improving damaged or low value forests; improving habitat for wildlife; supporting the use of fibre from damaged and low value forests; and treating forests to improve the management of greenhouse gases. B. To advocate for the environmental and resource stewardship of British Columbia’s forests. C. To do all such other things as are incidental and ancillary to the...
As a follow-up to our video series on the HCTF Summer Internship Program , we received the following article from the Delta Farmland and Wildlife Trust (DFWT), written by their 2016 intern, Jennifer Sibbald. Jennifer is the third BCIT student to complete a summer internship with DFWT under this program. Each morning, from May through July, I was up with the sunrise. It wasn’t that I had trouble sleeping or because I’m naturally an early-riser: I was there for the birds. In spring, as migrating songbirds travel toward their food-rich breeding grounds, many stop in the productive agricultural lands of Delta, BC. This stop-over results in a flurry of morning activity, known by many as the ‘dawn chorus’. This musical cacophony is the sound of many male birds singing to attract a mate, each with their own unique song. In the birding world, these moments are the perfect time to survey birds, as one can identify them by sight as well as sound. Though waking at dawn may not be for everyone, it was the perfect way for me to spend a summer. As a student in the Ecological Restoration Program at British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), I jumped...