HCTF Staff Visit Delta Farmland Project

HCTF Staff Visit Delta Farmland Project
HCTF staff may be coming to a project near you! On April 12th, Lynne Bonner and Jane Algard visited Ladner to do a project site evaluation on the “Provision of Waterfowl and Raptor Habitat within Managed Grasslands on Lower Fraser River Farmland” project.  Christine Terpsma of the Delta Farmland and Wildlife Trust took us on a tour of farmlands that are under stewardship agreements in the Ladner/Delta area near Vancouver.  HCTF funding ensures local farmers plant winter cover crops (for waterfowl) and grassland set-asides (for raptors) to provide a diversity of habitats for wildlife. Trumpeter Swans graze on winter cover crops planted by Ladner-area farmers . We saw the evidence of success: some winter cover crops were eaten down to bare ground, we spotted a number of hunting northern harriers in the set-asides, and hundreds of snow geese landed in a field next to us. As an added bonus – we sighted three snowy owls!  Thanks Christine, for your time and your enthusiasm for wildlife conservation. Above: A flock of Snow Geese comes in for a landing in Ladner.

HCTF Launches New Website

HCTF Launches New Website
We've got a new look for our website! New features include a blog and  profiles  of HCTF projects. We've reorganized some of our content, so you may need to update your bookmarks: if you need assistance finding anything,  you can try the search bar at the top of the screen, or  contact our communications officer . We'd love to hear your feedback!

Burrard Inlet Restoration Program: Approved Projects

Burrard Inlet Restoration Program: Approved Projects
Six projects were approved for seed funding under the Burrard Inlet Restoration Program (BIRP) in the first proposal intake: you can download a list of sucessful projects here .  The next deadline for BIRP proposals will be June 30, 2013 . HCTF On-Line will be open for submissions after June 1st.

Acquisition Proposal Deadline March 31st

Acquisition Proposal Deadline March 31st
The application deadline for 2013-14 HCTF Acquisition proposals is March 31st at 4:30 PST . See our Acquisition Grant page for information on how to apply. Above : Sage and Sparrow Grasslands, South Okanagan. HCTF contributed $300,000 to the purchase of this important conservation property by NCC .

Thank You!

Thank You!
This weekend, HCTF said farewell to three of its board members, whose appointments are coming to a close at the beginning of April. Andrew Wilson, Dave Hatler and Anna Fontana all received a framed wildlife photo by Jared Hobbs in appreciation of their contribution to the Foundation. Both Anna and Dave had been members of the HCTF Board since 2000, an incredible 13 years of volunteering their knowledge and expertise to benefit HCTF’s conservation work. Andrew was a more recent addition to the Board, but his contribution as HCTF’s long-standing chair of the Fisheries Technical Review Committee has been invaluable. Our sincere thanks to all three of these individuals, and best of luck in all your future pursuits!