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Kids Take Part in Moberly Lake Trout Conservation Efforts

Kids Take Part in Moberly Lake Trout Conservation Efforts
At  Moberly Lake last Tuesday, fifty elementary students (and HCTF Chair Ross Peck) helped government staff release 8,000 juvenile lake trout as part of an ongoing effort to rebuild a population that has come dangerously close to extinction. When the Province began the Moberly Lake rehabilitation program back in 2010, there were less than 400 trout in the lake. Their extreme drop in numbers was thought to be caused by a combination of overfishing and competition or predation from other fish species. Historically, Moberly Lake’s lake trout were an important part of the local First Nations fishery and a favourite of local anglers, but the lake has been closed to all trout fishing since 2002, and is closed to all fishing from September 15 to October 31 to protect lake trout during their spawning season.   Last Tuesday’s lake trout release was the third release of the rehabilitation program, for a total of 36,000 released fish. The Ministry is hopeful these releases will aid in re-establishing a stable lake trout population on Moberly Lake. Over the past four years, the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation has provided funding to the Ministry to evaluate the effectiveness of their lake trout recovery program. As well...
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PCAF Deadline May 16th, 2016

PCAF Deadline May 16th, 2016
It's time to submit your applications for PCAF funding! The Public Conservation Assistance Fund provides small grants to organizations and individuals who have a great idea for a conservation project, but need financial assistance to make it happen. Projects can include activities such as wetland restoration, reptile monitoring, bird banding, and bat box construction - there are all sorts of possibilities, so long as the project provides clear conservation benefits for BC fish and wildlife and has a strong volunteer component. Application instructions and forms are available here . Applications must be submitted to HCTF by 4:30PM on May 16, 2016 to be eligible for funding.    Since 1974, the Province of BC and the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation have provided approximately $150,000 in PCAF grants to help implement on-the-ground conservation work, with a particular focus on hands-on, community based and public awareness initiatives. More than 1000 such projects have been carried out under the program so far.    

HCTF Announces 2016-17 Approved Projects

HCTF Announces 2016-17 Approved Projects
  HCTF is pleased to announce that 119 BC conservation projects will receive HCTF Enhancement & Restoration grants in 2016-17. In aggregate, these grants represent close to a $6 Million investment in British Columbia's fish, wildlife and habitats.  You can view the complete  2016-17 HCTF Approved Project List here , or download one of the region-specific lists below. The lists describe the conservation projects taking place in each region, their approved grant amounts, and project leader contact information. Please note that some of our multi-region projects may also be taking place in your area: check back soon for the updated 2016-17 interactive project map. (Click on any of the photo thumbnails below to display a larger image)       Vancouver Island Project List     The Provincial Government received a grant to relocate elk to areas on Vancouver Island where they had been extirpated (click on photo for larger image). A pair of Western bluebirds return to their nestbox. The pair are being reintroduced to the Cowichan Valley by the Garry Oak Ecosystem Recovery Team.     The Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation will provide over $100,000 for bat science and stewardship projects in BC.     Lower Mainland Project...
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White-Nose Syndrome Moves Closer to BC

White-Nose Syndrome Moves Closer to BC
This weekend’s headlines contained the disturbing news that White-nose syndrome has reached Washington State . This represents a huge geographic jump from previous detection sites on the East Coast and Midwestern United States, further supporting the idea that humans are likely playing a role in the spread of the disease. Though primarily spread by bat-to-bat contact, fungal spores can be transported on equipment or clothing used at affected sites if not properly decontaminated . Though not currently known to affect humans, white-nose is devastating to bat populations: it’s estimated the fungus has been responsible for the death of 6 million bats to date. White-nose is named for the fuzzy white fungus that appears on the muzzles and wings of hibernating bats. The bats wake frequently to try to groom the fungus off these areas, and the disease also causes acidosis of the blood, forcing the bats to burn more energy. The result is bats leaving their winter hibernacula in search of food, which ends in death by starvation. The recent discovery of white-nose in Washington makes BC bat conservation efforts all the more critical. Biologist Cori Lausen is leading an HCTF-funded project that is working with cavers and other citizen...
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Scholarship Opportunity

Scholarship Opportunity
  Attention BC post-secondary students: applications are now being accepted for the John B. Holdstock scholarship . Applicants must be residents of British Columbia that will be attending university or college in Fall of 2016. Students must be enrolled in the sciences or a related outdoors field, hold a GPA of 3.5 (B) or better, and provide evidence of their participation in fish, wildlife and habitat conservation in BC. Applicants must also submit a brief essay on their interest in pursuing fish, wildlife and habitat conservation as a part of their academic studies. Full scholarship criteria and an online application form are available on the BC Conservation Foundation website. About the John B Holdstock Scholarship John Holdstock was an avid outdoorsman who was committed to conservation. John played an active role in numerous BC conservation organizations, and was well-respected as a recreationalist, conservationist, volunteer and friend. The John B. Holdstock scholarship was created following John’s passing on December 25, 2010 with contributions from the BC Conservation Foundation, The Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, The Nature Trust of BC and The Okanagan Region Wildlife Heritage Society and others who wished to see John’s passion and commitment sustained by the next generation of...
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