Celebrating International Day for Biological Diversity

May 22, 2019 — (Tofino, B.C.) — In celebration of the United Nations (UN) International Day for Biodiversity 2019, the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust is excited to announce recipients of the 2019 CBT Biosphere Research Award, which supports research that addresses: (1) key ecosystem threats; and (2) conservation action within the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Region. Raincoast Education Society (RES) and partnering organizations – Parks Canada Pacific Rim National Park Reserve and Environment and Climate Change Canada, who have received $20,000 for their project: Residency and Habitat Use of Migrating Shorebirds in Tofino BC

Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada, says, “On this International Day for Biological Diversity, we know that global biodiversity is facing threats like never before, and we need to act now to conserve our nature. We are proud to work with Parks Canada and the Raincoast Education Society on this important research project for migratory shorebirds, and sincerely congratulate Raincoast Education Society on winning the 2019 Clayoquot Biosphere Trust Research Award. By working together to double the amount of nature we protect, we can make a real difference for nature in Canada.”

UN International Day for Biodiversity highlights why having a rich variety of species (and maintaining the habitats where they are found) is necessary for human health and prosperity. The Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Region (CSBR) is recognized by the United Nations as a special place for celebrating and maintaining biodiversity, a place where local residents are lucky to live and take care of the rich ecosystems here. It is a place where community leaders, researchers, and residents study and talk about interactions between social and ecological systems with the goal of helping our intertwined communities and ecosystems thrive!

 

 

 

 

 

The award-winning RES research project (which is currently underway during the Spring shorebird migration) aims to document migratory shorebird residency and habitats in the Tofino area using VHF radio transmitters to track movement patterns of individual birds. A team of bird ecologists is working around-the-clock to trap and deploy VHF radio tags on approximately 50 Western Sandpipers, 20 Dunlin, 15 Sanderling and 15 Semipalmated Plovers. These four common species typically feed intensively over a few days during their southern migration and are vulnerable to human disturbance. Data from this research will help answer key questions such as: How long do shorebirds stay during their migration? What specific habitats do they prefer? Is human disturbance interfering with their feeding patterns?

“We’re very fortunate to have high-calibre researchers in our local community who actively contribute to biodiversity conservation within the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Region”, says Dr Laura Loucks, Research Director of the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust. “The results of this research are particularly important to understand the impact of human disturbance on sensitive ecosystems and migratory bird populations within the Tofino Mudflats Wildlife Management Area – an integral component of the network of estuarine habitats reflected in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve designation”.  

Mark Maftei, Executive Director of the Raincoast Education Society, says “We’re seeing an abundance of migratory shorebirds here because we still have relatively large areas of intact wetlands and ocean shoreline ecosystems. However, we need to take more responsibility for habitat protection. I don’t want to look back twenty years from now and ask myself why didn’t we do anything to make the necessary policy changes within the designated Tofino Wah-nah-jus Hilth-hoo-is Mudflats Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network. We’re so fortunate that we can act now and really have a good chance at conserving biodiversity. For many other places around the world – it’s too late”.

Photos: Raincoast Education Society, Tofino Photography, Clayoquot Biosphere Trust

Green Neighbourhood Small Grants Recipients Announced!

Over the past four years, our “general” Neighbourhood Small Grants (NSG) initiative has generated amazing responses among the communities of the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Region. We noticed that many of the projects that community members proposed were environmentally oriented. This spring, we launched Green NSG, a new version of the program designed to support grassroots environmental projects that contributed to green initiatives while bringing neighbours and community members together! Check out the list of Green NSG projects below, and make sure you head to the CBT NSG Facebook Page for updates about the projects as they begin to happen this spring!

Gardening workshop
Toni Buston and Nicky Ling
Ucluelet
April

For the Love of Bees!
April Robson and Jennifer Smallwood
Tofino
May to November

Chicken Social
Leah Austin and George Patterson
Tofino
April to September

Clothing Swap/ Community gathering
Cindi Levine and Lynette O'Brien
Ucluelet
April

Maaqtusiis Secondary School Community Bee Garden
Kate Drexler and Trina Mattson
Ahousaht
May to October

Easter Themed Earth Day Beach Clean up
Candice Steven and Ayla Roberts
Tofino
April 22

Energy Efficient Assembly Details Lunch & Learn
Jennifer Price-Francis and Nick Killians
Tofino
June 5

Beeswax Wrap workshop for kids
Calla Hurwitz and Sydney Craig
Ucluelet
April 20

Green Living Info Day & BBQ
Laurie Filgiano and Sarah Hagar
Millstream
June 8

Tuff City for Trees
Eileen Floody and Sherry Marr
Tofino
May 1 to May 30

Ahousaht Artisan Farmers Market
Daniel Soifer and Jennifer Lightning
Ahousaht
May 15 to August 31

Youth Healthy Harvest and Community Dinner
Norman Louie and Selina Frank
Ahousaht
May 15 to May 24

Preserving Food
Lil Webster and Hilda John
Ahousaht
August to September

Local Community Garden
Dolores Bayne and Pam Mickey
Hot Springs Cove
May to August

Norah Road Community Compost
Cynthia Fitton and Jill McQuiad
Ucluelet
June to December

Hot Springs Cove Herbal Medicines Reestablishment
Ruth Charleson and Heather Charleson
Hot Springs Cove
April to September

Ahousaht Broom Busting
Marcie Callewaert and Molina Dick
Ahousaht
April to July

Community Recycling Initiative
Leslie Mickey and Louie Sabbas
Hot Springs Cove
TBD

Seafood Gathering, Fishing, Community Building
Ryan Churchill and Gynette Galligos
Hot Springs Cove
May 15 to June 30

Sustainable Seafood Community Dinner
Charles Lucas and Betty Lucas
Hot Springs Cove
April 15 to April 30

We’re looking for a Students on Ice Sponsor!

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We are looking for a Facilitator for Leadership Vancouver Island 2019-2020!

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We’re Seeking a Bookkeeper!

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We’re looking for a new board member!

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CBT is overdue for a new website!

Website Redesign & Development

Request for Proposal


 

This RFP is for design and development services for a new website for the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust. Click here to download a PDF Version of this RFP

RFP Sent: February 7, 2019

Responses Due: March 4, 2019

Send any questions on the RFP to: Communications Coordinator, Colin Robinson (colin@clayoquotbiosphere.org) and Executive Director, Rebecca Hurwitz (rebecca@clayoquotbiosphere.org)

Send proposals to: Communications Coordinator, Colin Robinson (colin@clayoquotbiosphere.org)

Budget for new website: $8,000-10,000

Goal for new website launch: June 2019


 

Clayoquot Biosphere Trust Overview

Based in Tofino, BC, the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust (CBT) is a registered charity that enhances community and ecosystem vitality in Clayoquot Sound, in the traditional territory of the Hesquiaht First Nation, Tla-o-quiaht First Nations, Toquaht Nation, Ahousaht, and Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ Government on the central west coast of Vancouver Island.

The organization was founded in 2000, when Clayoquot Sound was designated by the UNESCO as a Biosphere Region, with the goal of seeking sustainable ways for human societies to thrive in balance with our natural environments. To mark this designation, the federal government entrusted a $12 million grant to Clayoquot Sound communities; the CBT manages this endowment fund and carries out research, education, and program delivery to uphold the spirit and intent of the biosphere region designation.

In 2011, the CBT became a Community Foundation and joined the Community Foundations of Canada, a network of community-based non-profit investment funds that provide grants, expertise, leadership, and other investments towards local social priorities. To the best of our knowledge, we are the only organization with the world that is a UNESCO Biosphere and community foundation. As such, we are continually creating opportunities to support healthy communities and ecosystems.

With a team of 6 full-time employees, the CBT offers a number of annual grant and scholarship programs, as well as a number of branded programs with different relationships to the CBT.

Our Audience

Our primary audience is residents of the Clayoquot Biosphere Region (~5000 people). This audience is diverse in age, sex, income, and online habits but is connected by the sense of place created by the region’s social fabric, history, and natural environment. Our communities are rural and remote. Within the local population, our audience can be further defined as engaged community members. They may identify as long-term residents, who may be involved in community volunteerism, may have families, and who describe themselves as “invested in the region.” They care about the health of the environment and communities in the region. They are interested in the CBT because they see it as an organization that helps improve quality of life for themselves, their families, and their neighbors. These people engage with CBT in a number of ways – as engaged residents, as well as through their professional roles and volunteer commitments. They access the CBT website to learn about our granting programs, projects, and research.

Nuu-chah-nulth residents make up an important audience within the general population.

Our secondary audience is the philanthropic community of donors and prospective donors to the CBT. They may be local businesses, individuals, or organizations looking to establish a fund for a specific social or environmental goal. Regardless of whether a gift is to be made now or later, donors are frequently attracted to the idea of a permanent endowment, enabling their influence and generosity to be extended far into the future. However, they also need assurance that their funds will be safe, well managed and used appropriately. The CBT is uniquely designed not only to fulfil those requirements but also to offer much more in the area of donor services.

Our tertiary audience resides outside of the region but is united by their interest in the area and/or in the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust as an organization. They could be university researchers or students with study-based interests in our unique ecological systems, with interests in research or education partnerships. They may be affiliates of other community foundations, UNESCO biospheres or other social/environmental non-profit organizations.

New Website Objectives

Our website’s number one objective is to inform and engage our audiences. Our ability to deliver on our mandates depends on people’s understanding of our organization and what we seek to do. Our organization is multi-faceted and it can be difficult at times to explain concisely what we do. We need a website that can capture the audiences’ interest and succinctly explain who we are, and what part of our work might be relevant to different portions of the audience (not all audience members are going to be uniformly interested in all parts of our organization).

The second objective is to inspire action (and provide resources relevant to the given action) among audience members. One such action is applying for our grants; the website must communicate our granting areas, make it easy for audience members to access our online granting system (SaaS hosted by Foundant Inc). Another action is donating to the CBT; the website must be compelling to potential donors, explaining the positive impact contributions can have, and provide an easy to navigate pathway for donors to contribute.

Current Website

Our current website (www.clayoquotbiosphere.org) is nearly 10 years old and does not serve us well anymore. The design doesn’t reflect our brand and the navigation is clunky and not at all intuitive. Our organization has grown in size and complexity since the creation of the current website, and through these changes, it was managed and developed in a piecemeal approach by numerous employees (none of whom are technical/web developers) and external web developers. Employees in our own organization have a hard time finding things on the website. Overall, the website is difficult to navigate and does not clearly communicate who we are or what we do. The site is largely text-based and does not allow for modern visuals (images can only be added as embedded within text pages).

Updating the information is possible, but the design is dated and we have outgrown the site architecture. The back end is a jumble of outdated WordPress plug-ins and subscribed services from a number of different (and in some cases, competing) companies (e.g. hosting, domain registration, security, SSL certificates) that don’t integrate well and that staff do not understand. We are being billed for services that are not functional due to poor integration. It is highly unclear what staff can do to enhance SEO.

New Website Requirements

Our new website will need:

  • An easy-to-use content management system (CMS)
  • Intuitive navigation
  • Modern design with rich imagery
  • Approximately 30 pages
  • Current content can be modified as needed.
  • Space for an explanation of the CBT’s other branded programs (with links to separately branded sites)
  • Optimized with SEO best practices
  • Clear path to engagement (grant application, donation, or reaching out to staff)
  • Embedded videos
  • A blog
  • Social media integration (share buttons, follow buttons, embedding of CBT social media feeds)
  • Email update sign-up form
  • Clear integration of back-end services (hosting, security, etc.)
  • Integration of CanadaHelps donation page
  • Integration of Online Granting System, Donor Portal, and Site Skin
  • Inclusion our 2015 brand standards and visual identity
  • Archive of funded projects

Aspirations and Inspirations

We would love to integrate a few other concepts/ideas into our new website, depending on how these elements would impact timeline and/or budget.

  • How can we integrate the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in the new design (they are related to all aspects of our operations)?
  • How can we make our resource library (currently a list of hyperlinked text) more user-friendly and visually pleasing?

E-commerce Details

We currently receive donations online via an external organization, Canada Helps. Additionally, we are hoping to begin accepting donations via the SaaS from Foundant Inc. that we use as our online granting system. Foundant Inc has designed this software to integrate easily (inexpensively) into websites like ours, and we hope to explore options for this integration with the creation of a Site Skin.

Sitemap

We hope to convey the information housed in our current site in a more concise and intuitive way. While this will entail redesigning the information layout, we do not imagine a radical departure from the current site.

Proposal Requirements

Please include the following in your proposal response:

  • Overview of your company
  • Overview of how you will meet our objectives
  • Explanation of your proposed platform/CMS
  • Outline of your website design & development strategy
  • Proposed project timeline from kickoff to launch
  • Details about your team
  • Experience working with similar clients
  • At least 3 design & development examples from the past 2 years
  • References
  • Pricing with optional elements line-itemed
  • Terms & conditions

RFP & Project Timeline Details

RFP Sent: February 7, 2019

Responses Due: March 4, 2019 (11:59pm)

Finalists Selected & Contacted (if required): March 6, 2019

Winner Selected & Contacted: March 8, 2019

Project Kick-off: March 2019

New Website Launch Target Date: June 2019

Thank you for your interest in responding to this RFP with a proposal for our new website. We look forward to your response.

If you have any questions, please contact Colin at colin@clayoquotbiosphere.org or 250-725-2219.

 

 

A Collective Vision for the Canadian Biosphere Reserves Association

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From November 20-23,  representatives of Canada’s 18 UNESCO biosphere reserves in the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region on the east coast of Vancouver Island came together for a national gathering hosted by Kwalikum and Snaw-naw-as First Nations. The 2018 Fall Gathering of the Canadian Biosphere Reserves Association (CBRA) had two key objectives: Building ethical space between CBRA’s board of directors and Indigenous Circle, and developing a collective and strategic vision for this important national UNESCO network. With the gathering so close to home, the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Region was well represented with Ahousaht elder Arlene Paul, board members Ashley Hawker and Cassandra Silverio, and CBT staff Rebecca (who serves as CBRA Chair), Laura and Colin all in attendance. 

 On the right, Tsumkwatun (Councilor Lawrence Mitchell, Snaw-naw-as First Nation) sings a song with his daughter (left) after hosting a meal for CBRA on behalf of the Nation.

Tsumkwatun (Councilor Lawrence Mitchell, Snaw-naw-as First Nation) sings a song with his daughter (left) after hosting a meal for CBRA on behalf of the Nation.

In a country as large as Canada, biosphere reserves are geographically, biologically, and culturally diverse, but all work toward achieving similar goals and addressing common challenges. CBRA’s 2018 Fall Gathering was designed for board members, staff, and Indigenous hosts of Canadian biosphere reserves to share knowledge, hear individual stories of struggle and success, and build trust. Truth, reconciliation and co-leadership with Indigenous Peoples are essential for Canada’s biosphere reserves to thrive with integrity.

The entire gathering was held in circle––large and small––allowing all 45 guests to speak and listen to each other. Participants learned about local First Nations customs around ceremony, such as welcome prayers, songs, dances, and gift-giving practices, making conscious space for Indigenous and western traditions of knowledge sharing to co-exist. Working in ethical space, a collective vision was communicated––a vision that will guide CBRA in its work to address national and global issues by supporting sustainable development, biodiversity conservation, climate change adaptation, and social justice.

 Left to right: Monica Shore, CBRA Coordinator - Dr. Pam Shaw, Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region Research Institute - Chief Michael Recalma, Kwalicum First Nation - Gord Johns, MP, Courtenay-Alberni - Dr. Dave Witty, Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region, Ashley Van Acken, Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region

Left to right: Monica Shore, CBRA Coordinator – Dr. Pam Shaw, Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region Research Institute – Chief Michael Recalma, Kwalicum First Nation – Gord Johns, MP, Courtenay-Alberni – Dr. Dave Witty, Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region, Ashley Van Acken, Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region

Gord Johns, Member of Parliament, joined the gathering for one of the evenings and shared his sentiments:

Thanks to Snaw-naw-as First Nation for their warm welcome on Thursday during the CBRA Fall Gathering in their territory. We’re proud to have two biosphere reserves in Courtenay-Alberni and enjoy hosting the annual Biosphere Day on the Hill. Great comradery, food, dancing and singing. Congratulations both to the Nation and the CBRA for such a wonderful gathering and for such an important movement.

The CBT is grateful to have been a part of the gathering and participate in meaningful conversations about how CBRA (and the member Biosphere Organizations across the country) can grow in a direction driven by Indigenous perspectives and leadership.  

 

CBRA’s new strategic plan will be launched in early 2019.

 Members of the Canadian Biosphere Reserves Association’s (CBRA) Board of Directors and Indigenous Circle, as well as biosphere reserve staff and guests.

Members of the Canadian Biosphere Reserves Association’s (CBRA) Board of Directors and Indigenous Circle, as well as biosphere reserve staff and guests.

Eat West Coast – New Food Security Capacity Building Program!

Eat West Coast is a hub for food security action in the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve region on the west coast of Vancouver Island that brings together community partners to build a healthy food system where everyone has access to the foods they need to thrive. We connect schools, local governments, communities, not-for-profits, food providers, and others.

Based out of Tofino, EWC supports eight remote communities with a combined population of about 6,000. We have a young population and more than a third reside in First Nations communities. Food is expensive and difficult to access for many, with some communities boat access only. We have no local agriculture, loss of traditional marine food as a dependable food source, and one of the highest costs of living in BC.

A just and sustainable food system in our region is rooted in healthy communities, where everyone has access to nutritious, culturally acceptable food. This means that we have the skills and knowledge about the ways food is grown, harvested, preserved, processed and cooked and that traditional hunting, fishing, gathering, and conservation practices are respected and enabled. These are an important part of our west coast history, culture and health.

With the help of the Maple Leaf Centre for action on Food Security, EWC will develop a region-wide program to help support the increasing local interest and activity in revival of local food knowledge and food preservation techniques (storing, canning, smoking, pickling, drying, etc.) so that our families can learn more about each season’s abundance and access a variety of healthy traditional foods year-round and in times of need (both economically and in emergency situations). Some of our biggest barriers have been needed for capacity to support knowledge sharing, lack of modern food-safe training, and lack of access to appropriate facilities.

Our project will address these needs through a ‘train the trainer’ local capacity building approach. We will grow local leaders and champions and support them to implement workshops and education across communities. Part of the backbone of support will be sufficiently equipping community and school kitchens and creating a regional network to share knowledge and resources.

EWC is funded by our regional health authority, Island Health, under their Food Security Hubs Network and hosted by the Clayoqout Biosphere Trust, a local organization that stands on two pillars as both a biosphere reserve and a community foundation. As the only organization in Canada that encompasses both of these internationally recognized mandates, the CBT is able to see the opportunities and challenges through a unique lens and collaboration with the CBT and its partners will allow our work to have a sustainable impact.

 

2018 Neighbourhood Small Grants Announced!

The fourth year of Neighbourhood Small Grants on the west coast has been a huge success, with a record number of projects funded, more diversity of project ideas, and more communities involved than ever before! In partnership with the Vancouver Foundation and the Westcoast Community Resource Society, 30 projects were funded, up from 23 last year. Congrats to the program leaders and keep an eye out for the following events happening near you!

Family Fun Night (Halloween) Complete!
Halloween themed family gathering with snacks and pumpkin carving
Philomena Duncan and Janey Thomas
Ahousaht, October 2018

Pumpkins in the Mist Complete! 
Halloween theme walk in the woods (Wild Pacific Trail)
Katherine Loiselle and Jenna Hopkins
Ucluelet, October 2018

Halloween house
Epic Halloween house on Bay St. for all of the Ucluelet community to come and enjoy
Mandy Oye and Tara Wood
Ucluelet, October 2018

Let the Ghoul Times Roll BBQ Pit Stop
Halloween BBQ on the street for Trick or Treaters and their parents
Sam Fyleris and Naomi Bruce
Tofino, October 2018

Health Oriented Medicinal Plants
Building a community greenhouse focused on health-related plants and traditional medicines
Ruth Charleson and Betty Lucas
Hesquiaht, November 2018

Providing for Community
Young men will go hunting and return to the community to share a feast with community members
Patrick Charleson III and Patrick Charleson Jr.
Hesquiaht, November 2018

Opitsaht Community Smokehouse
Salvaging and hand-milling wood to build and donate community smokehouse on Opitsaht reserve
Raymond Victor Brune and Sherann Nicole Findlay
Opitsaht, November 2018

Tluusma – Young Woman
Regalia creation workshop, focusing on engaging young women in culture and community
Darlene Dick and Ileisha George
Ahousaht, November 2018

Heshook Ish Tsawalk Women’s Group
Sharing, healing, learning meetings at the Hot Springs Cove health centre for local women
Betty Lucas and Ruth Charleson
Hesquiaht, November 2018

Weaving Group
Workshop and teach basket weaving and cedar weaving to community members
Delores Bayne and Vince Ambrose
Hesquiaht, November 2018

Chama Pii – Balancing
Bring together the ladies of our community for storytelling and writing workshops focused on balance
Nora Martin and Sandra Williams
Tla-o-qui-aht, November 2018

Rollerskate Dance Workshops and Disco Skate Party
Rollerskate dance instruction followed by a roller disco with a DJ at Seaplane Recreation Hall
Lyvier Rivera and Rebecca Hurwitz
Ucluelet, November 2018

Tonquin Park Villa Community Compost
Building an animal-proof composting system for the 36 units at Tonquin Park Villa
Simon Allison and Warren Rudd
Tofino, November 2018

Lovers, Lunatics & Poets — stage soiree & table read
Bringing together theatre and culture lovers for a “table read” of Tofino’s new history play
Greg Blanchette and Eileen Floody
Tofino, November 2018

Toquaht ladies craft evenings
Evening get-togethers for ladies of all ages to get creative and crafty
Lisa Morgan and Anne Mack
Toquaht, November 2018

Jensen’s Bay School Bus Shelter Workbee Party
Building a much-needed rain shelter for the students of Jensen’s Bay
Tom Stere and Nick Killins
Tofino, November 2018

Language and Cedar Weaving Nights
Practice speaking Ahousaht language and learn to weave cedar in community
John Webster and Janet Webster
Ahousaht, November 2018

Self care in Opitsaht
Bring Opitsaht residents together for community activities focusing on health and happiness
Margaret Thomas and Amanda Tom
Tla-o-qui-aht, November 2018

Slow Down Sign Painting Party
Bringing neighbours together to paint signs to remind drivers to be safe and respectful
Amorita Adair and Tanya Berger-Richards
Tofino, November 2018

Christmas Dinner at Ty Histanis
Gathering community to share a positive feast together around the holidays
Annie George and Elizabeth George
Tla-o-qui-aht, December 2018

Community Gathering Dinner at Hot Springs Cove
Bringing together community for a healthy and happy gathering after a tough summer
Marilyn Lucas and Heather Campbell
Hesquiaht, December 2018

Light up the Dark
Festive lights and community wishing tree in Ocean Park subdivision
Lora McNeil and Sheila Orchiston
Tofino, December 2018

Traditional Foods Supper
Take youth hunting and harvesting to provide a feast and cultural support for the community
Dwayne Martin and Chris Seitcher
Tla-o-qui-aht, January 2019

Youth Food Security and Culture
Bring youth into traditional Ahousaht territory to hunt traditionally and distribute food in community
Charles Thomas and Francis Campbell
Ahousaht, January 2019

Tli Chu Immersion Potlatch
Feast for community where only Nuu-chah-nulth is spoken
Levi Martin and Tsimka Martin
Tla-o-qui-aht, February (new moon) 2019

Mom Surf Club
Open group of mom-surfers of mixed abilities who practice and support each other
Faye Missar and Ashley Williamson
Ucluelet, February-May 2019

BatBiTats at Habitat
Building bat houses to support at-risk bat populations in Clayoquot Sound
Trevor Jurgens and Kaytlyn Durocher
Ucluelet, March 2019

Ucluelet Broom Cleanup
Community removal of Scotch Broom, an invasive plant that quickly chokes out native species
Rebecca Hurwitz and Liisa Neilson
Ucluelet, March 2019

Neighbourhood Bees
Installation of bee hives to pollinate local Food Forest with education on bee-keeping and food security
Leah Austin and Jennifer Smallwood
Tofino, April 2019

Beading and Loom work and around a glass bottle
Teaching youth how to do beading, loomwork, and crafting ideally at the Tofino Saturday Market
Elizabeth George and Annie George
Tla-o-qui-aht, May 2019