February 2016
45 Years of Conservation
Welcome to our first enews for 2016. The Nature Trust of BC is celebrating 45 years of land conservation work in British Columbia. And we are thrilled to be sharing this special year with you. 

Straight from the Heart
This Valentine's Day, consider giving your loved one the gift of nature. To find out how you can donate to The Nature Trust of BC in honour of someone special, click here .

Caring for the Land 
Acquiring land is only the first step. Care and management of our properties is a vital part of conserving land in various regions of BC for plants, wildlife, fish, and future generations.  Please consider making a donation to a region you love, and help us care for the land in these special places.

The Quintessential Conservationist
We are sad to announce the passing of Ralph Shaw in January. O ne of the original founders of The Nature Trust of BC, Ralph was a retired teacher and school principal, legendary fisherman, nature columnist for the Comox Valley Record and Order of Canada recipient. We will miss his enthusiasm, dedication to conservation, and fishing flies. If you would like to make a donation in memory of Ralph, click here.

"I first heard about the Changeit program through an email notification sent by BMO, and knew right away that I wanted to participate. It is a wonderful way to make a donation regularly to the programs we care most deeply about.  The Nature Trust of BC works to conserve ecosystems, thus fostering the truly important interplay between species and their habitat. That is why I chose to support it."
-   Sandra Mendenhall
To learn more about the ChangeIt program, click here.

Welcome to Dr. Sarah Otto 
The Nature Trust of BC is delighted to welcome Dr. Sarah (Sally) Otto to our Board of Directors.
Sarah is a professor in the Department of Zoology and Director of the Biodiversity Research Centre in the Beaty Biodiversity Centre at the University of British Columbia.  A highly acclaimed scientist, Sarah has received numerous prestigious awards, including the coveted MacArthur Fellowship in 2011 - popularly known as the Genius Award. 

Share our Passion at Upcoming Events
Brant Wildlife Festival
The Nature Trust of BC is delighted to be coordinating the Brant Wildlife Festival on mid-Vancouver Island from March 19 to April 17. The festival celebrates nature, especially Brant geese as they stop to rest and feed during their migration to their northern nesting grounds. There are activities for all ages and including wildlife viewing, bioblitz, and an eagle release. Join us on March 19 to kick off the festival at the Beach Club Resort in Parksville. You will enjoy dinner, a silent auction and a youth nature photo display for $40 per person. Visit brantfestival.bc.ca 

Earth Wind Fire 2016
Join us on Saturday, June 18 at the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort in Kelowna for an amazing night featuring food served by sizzling chefs, outstanding local wine and beer, and a fantastic selection of live and silent auction items. 

We will start with a sparkling reception and jazz singer Anna Jacyszyn. Then you can enjoy chef and wine stations and later bid on a variety of items. Finally, you can get on the dance floor with live music! This fundraiser benefits the land conservation work of The Nature Trust of BC in the Okanagan.

Tickets are $175 per person and reserved tables for 8 are $1,400. Sponsor tables are also available: Earth table $10,000; Wind table $5,000; Fire table $2,500. Tables of 10 are available upon request. For more information on how you can be a sponsor or to purchase tickets, visit our website, e-mail  jdrew@naturetrust.bc.ca , or call toll free 1-866-288-7878.