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BC Kids Granted Opportunities for Outdoor Learning

Victoria –The Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF) has announced it will provide over $66,000 for BC schools to get their students out of the classroom and into the outdoors. Their aptly-named GO (Get Outdoor) Grants will be used to pay for bus transportation, project materials and program fees to provide hands-on outdoor learning experiences for more than 4500 students. The North Okanagan Shuswap School District was one of many school districts across the province who will be benefitting from GO Grants this spring. In total, 5 of the District’s schools plus an additional 10 classes through a district-wide grant will receive just over $7700 for outdoor, environmental education field trips, including some of the following: Armstrong Elementary’ s grade 4 and 5 classes will visit Kingfisher Interpretive Centre to learn about salmon and salmon habitat Salmon Arm West Elementary’ s grade 2/3 and 4/5 classes will be getting out on the Shuswap River to explore life along the river and conduct local indigenous plantings Shuswap Middle School class of grade 6/7 will be going to Norfolk Wild Regional Park to investigate and measure biodiversity in the park Hillcrest Elementary grade 2/3 classes will take a trip Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park...
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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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More Photo Contest Favourites

More Photo Contest Favourites
  Here are some more of our favourite 2015 photo contest entries.      Winners   |  Page 1  |  Page 2 |  Page 3   Pied Grebe - Adam Wang A pied-billed grebe swimming in evening sunshine at Lost Lagoon, Vancouver.  © Adam Wang Fog on the Cowichan - Kristy Webster A foggy winter day, fly fishing the Cowichan River. © Kristy Webster   Black Bear  - Stuart Sanders A lone black bear emerges from the shadows. © Stuart Sanders Crow in Flight - Louis Gabriel View of the Murray River Canyon, within the Tumbler Ridge Global Geopark, in Northeastern British Columbia. © Louis Gabriel Canoeing - Kevin Lanthier Canoeing in Widgeon Creek, near Pitt Lake. © Kevin Lanthier Catch of the Day - Noel Morris Pelicans on Kamloops Lake, one in mid-swallow. © Noel Morris Hiking in Stone Sheep country - Brian Johnson Brian Johnson took this photo whilst hunting in Northern BC. © Brian Johnson Northern Pygmy Owl rests between hunts in Chilliwack, BC. © Robbie Keen NEXT>>   Winners |  Page 1  |  Page 2 | Page 3    
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Two Weeks Until Acquisition Grant Deadline

Two Weeks Until Acquisition Grant Deadline
The deadline for submitting your completed application for HCTF acquisition funding is March 31 st . Application forms and information are available here . To read about previous HCTF acquisition grant recipients and the conservation properties secured with this funding, see our Conservation Land Acquisitions webpage.