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In This Issue:
  • Photo Contest Winners
  • Preliminary Approved Project List
  • PCAF Grants
  • Reporting Reminder
  • Scholarship Opportunity
  • Bat Cavers
  • Angling Licence Renewal Reminder
  • New Board Member
  • A Fond Farewell 
March 2016
 
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Photo Contest Winners

Congratulations to Kameko Walker, winner of HCTF's Second Annual Photo Contest. Kameko captured the above photo of a green heron in Vancouver, BC. Kameko writes:

"A rare summer visitor the lower mainland, a Green Heron (Butorides virescens)  fishes in a small pond located in a busy East Vancouver neighbourhood. I went out searching for this one after learning of its whereabouts and having heard how elusive they are. Once I located it, I quickly set my camera up, prepared for it to take flight. I spent over an hour observing it while it fished and hawked for dragonflies." 
 
A huge thank you to everyone who entered the contest. You can view the runner-up prize winning images (along with some other fantastic entries) on our website.  
 

2016-17 Approved Projects


The preliminary list of approved enhancement & restoration projects for 2016-17 is now available on HCTF’s website.  By now, all HCTF enhancement and restoration grant applicants will have received an email stating whether or not their project was approved. HCTF will make its official funding announcement on April 22nd at the BC Wildlife Federation AGM. A full project backgrounder (including descriptions of projects and their approved budgets) will be available on the HCTF website at that time.

Public Conservation Assistance Fund


This year, PCAF applications are due on Monday, May 16. If your organization has a conservation project in mind and a group of eager volunteers ready to pitch in, PCAF is designed to help. A description of eligible activities, instructions, and application forms are all available here. Be sure to give us a call if you want to talk about your idea or ask questions about the process.  Phone 250-940-9781 or email Jane at jane.algard@hctf.ca.

Reminder: Reports Due March 31st 


A reminder to 2015-16 grant recipients that your annual Grant Reports are due March 31st, 2016. Reports should be submitted as part of a package with the final invoice and any photos from the project. The Grant Report template is available on our website, and completed report packages can be sent to Reporting@hctf.ca.
 


Scholarship Opportunity


Applications are now being accepted for the John B. Holdstock scholarship.  John was a passionate advocate for fish and wildlife in BC, a lifelong supporter of education, and he lived by the motto “the world is run by those who show up”. Upon John’s passing in 2010, HCTF joined the BC Conservation Foundation, the Nature Trust of BC, the Okanagan Region Wildlife Heritage Society and other partners to establish a scholarship trust in John’s name. Scholarship applicants must be residents of BC that will be attending university or college in the fall. 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. Full scholarship criteria and an online application form are available on the  BC Conservation Foundation website.


Bat Cavers


The Globe and Mail recently featured an article on an HCTF-funded project that has biologists teaming up with cavers to find out where BC's bats overwinter. The researchers and cavers are placing electronic devices known as “roostloggers” in caves to detect whether or not they are used by hibernating bats.  Figuring out where bats overwinter is the first step in preparing for the dreaded arrival of White Nose Syndrome, a fungal disease that has caused a major die off of bats in Eastern Canada and the United States. The leaders of this project have created a great website to give updates on their research and encourage cavers to get involved: visit www.batcaver.org for details.


Time to Renew Your Angling Licence!


2016-17 BC freshwater angling licences are now available for purchase through the government e-licencing system, fishing licence vendors or at any Service BC office. Each licence includes a conservation surcharge which HCTF uses to fund conservation projects taking place across BC. These include projects that maintain or enhance fish populations and habitats, as well as environmental education programs that connect kids with the outdoors.  To find out more about some of the great projects funded by licence surcharges, visit the Project Profiles page on our website.  

New Board Member

 
This February, Dan Peterson was appointed to the HCTF Board of Directors as the representative of the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (MFLNRO). Dan is the Director of the Ministry's Fish and Wildlife Branch, and replaces Madeline Maley following her promotion to Executive Director for BC Wildfire Service. Welcome Dan, and our sincere thanks to Madeline for your contributions to the HCTF Board, Audit & Finance and Strategic Planning Committees. 


A Fond Farewell


With the end of March comes the beginning of HCTF staff member Lynne Bonner’s retirement. Lynne has served as HCTF’s Manager of Biological Services for the past six years, but her working relationship with HCTF stretches back all the way to 1988 when HCTF was still part of the Ministry of Environment (MOE). In addition to her career(s) with HCTF, Lynne spent many years as a habitat biologist within the Ministry, working in both the Habitat Inventory Section and State of Environment Reporting. Lynne’s experience, knowledge and passion about BC’s wildlife and habitats has made her an asset to HCTF and conservation in BC - she will be missed! Kathryn Martell has been working with Lynne over the past few months and has quickly got up to speed on HCTF’s granting processes. You can contact Kathryn with questions about applying for funding, our review process, or managing your grant.
 
Want to find out more about HCTF projects and programs? Check out our blog for frequent project updates, event listings, and more. You can even sign up to have posts emailed directly to your inbox! 

Have some HCTF project news to share? We'd love to hear from you! Email Shannon with your stories, news articles, photos or video, and we could feature your project in our newsletter or on our website.

 

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