Shaping up Seymour

Shaping up Seymour
Seymour River Estuary is well on its way to being restored to an important transition ground for juvenile seagoing trout, char and salmon making their way out to Burrard Inlet. Major earth moving work for this BIRPP project was completed last week, reshaping and contouring the estuary to make it more hospitable for the fish and other organisms that historically thrived there. Creosote-soaked structures leaking contaminants and invasive plants were removed from the estuary, and huge logs and boulders were strategically placed to both provide cover for young salmonids and to protect the native vegetation that will be planted here next spring. These plantings will complete the site’s transformation from an estuary with virtually no cover or foraging habitat to a functional ecosystem offering multiple benefits to fish, wildlife and humans .   The work at the Seymour River estuary will soon be followed by earth moving at another BIRPP estuary restoration project, Mosquito Creek. This estuary has been reduced to 1% of its historical size through waterfront industrial development. This will be an excellent opportunity to view restoration work in progress, as the site is located at a key junction point for the North Shore Spirit Trail. Check back...
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Inspiring Images

Inspiring Images
Looking for some inspiration for our photo contest ? Check out our Flickr album of some great project photos submitted by our proponents! 

Summer Newsletter

Summer Newsletter
HCTF's Summer Newsletter is out now! View it on our Newsletter  page, where you can also sign up to have future editions delivered right to your inbox.

Project Evaluation: Bringing Back the Bluebirds

Project Evaluation: Bringing Back the Bluebirds
A few times a year, HCTF staff get to escape from the office and check out some of our projects in the field. We conduct project site evaluations as an accountability measure, and to gain a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing our proponents. These evaluations include a financial review and a site visit, where we get to see firsthand the important conservation work being done by our proponents. This summer, HCTF Biologist Lynne Bonner and Finance Officer Katelynn Sander were excited to spend some time with the Garry Oak Ecosystems Recovery Team (GOERT) and get the inside scoop on their Bring Back the Bluebirds project.   Though once plentiful, Western Bluebirds have been extirpated (locally extinct) in southwestern BC since 1995. They like to make their nests in Garry Oak meadows, but these ecosystems have become increasingly rare due to human development. As their habitat was lost and fragmented, Western Bluebirds eventually stopped returning to Vancouver Island to nest and raise their young. In their Bring Back the Bluebirds project, GOERT is aiming to re-establish a breeding population of Western Bluebirds on Vancouver Island. This project took flight in 2012, and has hatched an international partnership which...
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HCTF Photo Contest Starts Today!

HCTF Photo Contest Starts Today!
The HCTF photo contest is now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted an entry. We will be announcing winners on our website on or before January 31 st , 2015, and will also be featuring some of our favourite photos in the Winter edition of  our newsletter .   The Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation is holding its first ever photo contest! We’re looking for spectacular images of British Columbia's fish, wildlife and habitats, or people outdoors enjoying these resources. Specifically, HCTF is looking for photos of: Freshwater fish ( species native to BC ) BC wildlife (terrestrial and freshwater, not in captivity) BC landscapes where freshwater fish and wildlife are found, including lakes, rivers, wetlands, forests, and grasslands. Fishing, hunting, wildlife viewing and outdoor education.  Our favorite three images will win VISA gift cards, and be featured on our website. Please note that entries may also be used by HCTF in future communications materials. Judges The winning entries will be selected by a panel established by HCTF. Each photo shall be judged on originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact and artistic merit. Winners will be announced on the Foundation’s website by January 31 st , 2015. Deadline Entries must...
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