An updated version of "Local Conservation Funds in British Columbia" has been published an is available here . The guide outlines key steps for local governments and NGOs looking to establish a dedicated source of funding for conservation in their communities. It includes case studies of regional districts that have been successful in establishing local conservation funds, including the Regional District of East Kootenay, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen, and the Regional District of Central Okanagan. HCTF is proud to support the creation of this guide through grants to the South Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Program .
HCTF project leader Irene Teske was recently awarded the Wildlife Officer of the Year award by the Province of BC. Irene works for the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and has been an HCTF grant recipient stretching all the way back to 2001 when she was assessing fisher reintroductions in the East Kootenays. Since then, Irene has worked on a variety of HCTF projects, including inventorying mountain goats and conserving bighorn sheep winter range. Congratulations Irene on this well-deserved award! Irene Teske presenting the results of HCTF project 4-517, East Kootenay Mountain Goat Population Assessment at the 2015 BCWF AGM in Fernie.
Winners | Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 Following the announcement of our 2017 photo contest winners , here are some more of our favourite entries. Otter in the Rain (above) and Mountain Bluebird (below) - Adam Wang Adam photographed this otter during a thunderstorm in Stanley Park, Vancouver BC and the mountain bluebird was photographed foraging on the beach in Boundary Bay Regional Park. "It was a rare sighting in that area," says Adam. © Adam Wang Northern Pygmy Owl and Water Vole - Devon Yu The photographer of this year's winning photo also sent us this image of a Northern Pygmy Owl after a successful hunt in Coquitlam, BC. © Devon Yu Trout for Two - Ryan Cunningham Ryan sent us this adorable photo of his two children out fishing in the Cariboo. Their facial expressions and hands indicate the siblings have different feelings about the experience! © Ryan Cunningham Winners | Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3