New Nesting Platform Eagle-Approved

New Nesting Platform Eagle-Approved
Residents of Vancouver’s North Shore have some new feathery neighbours. A pair of bald eagles has moved into a nesting platform built last summer at MacKay Creek estuary, which was recently restored as part of HCTF’s Burrard Inlet Restoration Pilot Program . Eric Anderson of the BC Institute of Technology led the project to construct a platform at the head of the estuary, adjacent to the Spirit Trail. The host tree was selected by biologist David Hancock , whose extensive experience with eagle nest construction was critical to identifying a cottonwood of suitable size, shape, and location. To get the tree eagle-ready, arborists carefully pruned some of the non-dominant stems to improve accessibility. Next, a cedar frame was attached using special lines designed to allow the tree to move and grow unharmed.   Finally, the frame was lined with cedar boughs to make it a little more inviting for any prospective tenants.   It appears to have worked!       HCTF provided a grant both for the construction of the platform as well as complementary studies by four BCIT students​ of eagle ecology that will inform future nest construction projects. The grant was made possible through an endowment HCTF...
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Change is Afoot at HCTF

Change is Afoot at HCTF
As a granting organization, HCTF relies very heavily on our science based technical review process to review grant applications and make recommendations to the Board regarding project funding. Since 2010, Lynne Bonner in her role as Manager, Evaluation has been the person who leads and manages this critical business function for HCTF. As many of you know, Lynne recently decided to retire effective March 31, 2016, and the Foundation subsequently ran a competition to find a replacement for Lynne - no simple task! The position garnered a lot of attention and we had 78 applicants from across North America. Following a thorough interview and screening process (of which Lynne was one of the panel members), we are happy to announce that Kathryn Martell was the successful candidate for the position. Kathryn has an M. Sc from the University of Alberta and brings experience working with both government and NGOs, including The Land Conservancy of BC and the Garry Oak Ecosystem Recovery Team. Kathryn starts with the Foundation in January of 2016, and there will be an overlap and transition period from that point until the end of March 2016. Thru that time, Lynne will mentor Kathryn in her new role,...
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Building the Next Generation of Fish & Wildlife Biologists

Building the Next Generation of Fish & Wildlife Biologists
British Columbia is currently undergoing a period of rapid environmental change: the province’s accelerated rate of industrial expansion combined with climate change has increased the need for experienced professionals capable of addressing growing environmental challenges. The imminent retirement of a significant percentage of BC's current conservation experts has upped the urgency in cultivating the next generation of fish and wildlife professionals. Training for these hands-on careers requires moving beyond the classroom and out into the field. As part of HCTF’s commitment to building a better future for BC's fish, wildlife and habitat, we’ve helped fund paid summer internships for BCIT students in the  Ecological Restoration Program . These internships provide invaluable real-world experience for students as they work alongside professional biologists from HCTF partner organizations. In the following video series, you’ll hear from students and their mentors about the benefits of this program for building conservation capacity in BC. After you’ve watched the videos, scroll down for a more in-depth conversation with the students about their experiences with the internship program, and some advice for young people considering a career in conservation. Part 1: Introduction Part 2: Delta Farmland Project Part 3: Grauer Wetland Project Meet the Interns Emma de...
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HCTF's New Strategic Plan

HCTF's New Strategic Plan
The Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation has released its new Strategic Plan. Over the next five years, this plan will serve as a roadmap to help us work towards our vision of a future where fish, wildlife and habitats are healthy and valued by all British Columbians. View plan>>

Homes for Wildlife Weekend - Sunshine Coast

Homes for Wildlife Weekend - Sunshine Coast
The Sunshine Coast Wildlife Project is inviting wildlife stewards of all ages to drop by the Sechelt Legion any time between 11am and 4pm on November 14 th and 15 th to learn how they can help wildlife at home and in their community. Community members can pick up a ready-made owl nest box, bat house or Mason bee box, or build their own from an easy-to-assemble kit with the assistance of Wildlife Project volunteers. Those who already have Mason bee homes can bring in their tubes or blocks for assistance cleaning their cocoons and guidance about how to care for the bees over the winter. People can nominate sites for shoreline restoration or learn how to become Wildlife Habitat Stewards or volunteer with wildlife monitoring efforts on the Sunshine Coast. The Wildlife Project’s community stewardship programs are generously supported by Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, Public Conservation Assistance Fund, Habitat Stewardship Program, and the Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program. For more information, please visit the project’s website at https://www.coastwildlife.ca/park-blog/how-to-help/homes-for-wildlife , email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or phone 604-989-1007.