Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays
Season’s greetings from all of us at HCTF. Please note that the office will be closed the week of December 23rd, reopening 8:30am Monday, December 30th. Happy holidays!

Christmas Bird Counts Start This Saturday

Christmas Bird Counts Start This Saturday
‘Tis the season for the Christmas Bird Count! Find a Christmas Bird Count near you and participate in the longest-running citizen science survey in the world. Started by the Audobon Society on Christmas Day in 1900, this early winter bird census involves thousands of volunteers across the Western Hemisphere counting birds in designated areas over a 24 hour period. The counts are held on specific days between December 14 th and January 5 th . Anyone can participate (it’s free!) but you must make arrangements in advance with the person designated as circle compiler. You can get the contact details for the circle compiler in your area by visiting the website of HCTF grant recipient Bird Studies Canada .

New Journals Page

New Journals Page
We’ve added a page to our website featuring some of the HCTF projects that have made their way into peer-reviewed journals. We know there are more out there, so if you are an HCTF proponent who has published the results of their project, please send us a link and we’ll add it to the list. Looking for more information about Foundation projects? The Ministry of Environment provides free public access to EcoCat , their Ecological Reports Catalogue. You can search for Foundation projects by entering “Habitat Conservation Trust” into the keywords field of the search page , and then selecting the “Search for Exact Phrase” option. Happy hunting!

Okanagan-Shuswap Schools Use HCTF Funding to Connect Students with the Outdoors

Okanagan-Shuswap Schools Use HCTF Funding to Connect Students with the Outdoors
Thanks to Alice Hucul of the North Okanagan-Shuswap District for sending us the following story about how local schools are planning to use their CEAF and PCAF grants to support hands-on environmental learning. This fall, four schools in the North Okanagan-Shuswap District were successful in earning grants from the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation. M.V. Beattie, South Broadview, Carlin Elementary Middle School and Eagle River Secondary School had their proposals approved for funding. M.V. Beattie's program received a Public Conservation Assistance Fund (PCAF) grant while the other three received funding from the Conservation Education Assistance Fund (CEAF). The grants are being used by the schools for different activities but have one common theme - all will help expand the classroom to include outdoor learning for students! At M.V. Beattie, the $3,200 PCAF grant is helping change a wet "problem area" on the school grounds into a replica of Shuswap River, and will become a place where students can study wetlands. Retired principal and outdoor activist Kim Fulton (aka Dr. Fish) has been helping M.V. Beattie with this project. He explains wetlands are one of the most threatened, undervalued, and misunderstood ecosystems in B.C. By re-creating a wetland system on the playground,...
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Build It and They Will Come

Build It and They Will Come
HCTF has received news that salmon have returned to MacKay Creek! Shown in the photo below, chum salmon were seen making their way up the creek to spawn. Previously, a large concrete weir prevented fish from accessing the upper estuary and creek during low tide. The weir was removed in September and replaced with a naturalized creek outlet as part of the site's restoration under the Burrard Inlet Restoration Pilot Program . Project leaders are hopeful that cutthroat and rainbow trout will also return to the creek in future years. You can read more about the improvements made at MacKay in our recent blog post .
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