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Christmas Bird Count

Christmas Bird Count
'Tis the season for the Christmas Bird Count , and Bird Studies Canada is hosting an event especially designed for young birders.  The Ladner Christmas Bird Count for Kids will take place this Saturday at the Reifel Bird Sanctuary in Delta, BC. Full detail are available here . Not in Delta? Visit Bird Studies Canada's website to see if there's another Christmas Bird Count event happening near you!

HCTF Announces Partnership with Forest Enhancement Society of BC

     We are pleased to announce that the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF) has signed a Letter of Agreement (LOA) with the Forest Enhancement Society of British Columbia (FESBC). This one-year agreement will result in increased funding available for wildlife habitat projects, with FESBC prepared to contribute up to half a million dollars. This will be in addition to the two to three million dollars that HCTF grants to wildlife projects annually. About FEBSC In February 2016, the BC Government announced the formation of a new organization called the Forest Enhancement Society of BC (FESBC). At the time of its formation, the BC Government provided an initial contribution of $85 million to the Society. The purpose of the Society is as follows: A. To advance environmental and resource stewardship of British Columbia’s forests by: preventing and mitigating the impact of wildfires; improving damaged or low value forests; improving habitat for wildlife; supporting the use of fibre from damaged and low value forests; and treating forests to improve the management of greenhouse gases. B. To advocate for the environmental and resource stewardship of British Columbia’s forests. C. To do all such other things as are incidental and ancillary to the...
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A Summer with the Birds – Student Shares Her Experiences Working with the Delta Farmland and Wildlife Trust

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As a follow-up to our video series on the HCTF Summer Internship Program , we received the following article from the Delta Farmland and Wildlife Trust (DFWT), written by their 2016 intern, Jennifer Sibbald. Jennifer is the third BCIT student to complete a summer internship with DFWT under this program. Each morning, from May through July, I was up with the sunrise. It wasn’t that I had trouble sleeping or because I’m naturally an early-riser: I was there for the birds. In spring, as migrating songbirds travel toward their food-rich breeding grounds, many stop in the productive agricultural lands of Delta, BC. This stop-over results in a flurry of morning activity, known by many as the ‘dawn chorus’. This musical cacophony is the sound of many male birds singing to attract a mate, each with their own unique song. In the birding world, these moments are the perfect time to survey birds, as one can identify them by sight as well as sound. Though waking at dawn may not be for everyone, it was the perfect way for me to spend a summer. As a student in the Ecological Restoration Program at British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), I jumped...
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HCTF Visits the Cariboo

HCTF Visits the Cariboo
As part of our evaluation program to ensure HCTF funds are benefiting fish and wildlife conservation, HCTF staff regularly visit project leaders to get an in-depth look at their projects – both on paper (financials) and on the ground. In late September HCTF staff biologist Kathryn Martell and financial officer Katelynn Sander travelled to Williams Lake to conduct evaluations on two projects. The first was the Fisher Artificial Reproductive Den Box Study  led by Larry Davis of Davis Environmental Ltd. Fishers are a threatened species in British Columbia and are also the largest obligate tree-cavity user in North America. They typically use cavities in large diameter trees both for resting in winter, and as reproductive dens. Suitable den trees are rare in the landscape and impacts in many areas of the province have further reduced the availability of this habitat feature. Larry’s project seeks to determine if fishers will use artificial (man-made) den boxes for reproductive dens, as a way to augment denning habitat in areas where natural den trees have been reduced. This year of the study continued the monitoring efforts on the 56 den boxes installed during this project. Larry has been successful in attracting fishers to 50%...
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Volunteer at Salmon River Estuary

Volunteer at Salmon River Estuary
The Nature Trust (TNT) of BC ia hosting a volunteer event October 12-14 at the Salmon River Estuary Conservation Area near Sayward, Vancouver Island. Organizers are looking for volunteers to help replant native shrubs and trees to help restore this important wetland and riparian habitat. This conservation property was purchased in 2015 by the Nature Trust of BC, with funding support from the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program, Campbell River Salmon Foundation, Barnet Rifle Club, Steelhead Society of BC, Kingfishers Rod & Gun Club, Ducks Unlimited Canada, Totem Fly Fishers, Parksville-Qualicum Fish & Game Association, BC Federation of Fly Fishers, and individual donors from across BC. You can read more about the property here .  Anyone interested in helping with the planting is welcome to join TNT staff for all or part of the time. Bring your lunch, rain gear, gloves, and a shovel, if possible. The property is located south of the Village of Sayward, on the west side of the Salmon River, on Sayward Road, east of Frenchman Road, between the Salmon River and Hammond Creek bridges. Go to map>>  For more information, contact Karen Barry on 250-713-3193