February 2017
Doing Great Work Together
Welcome to our first enews for 2017. The Nature Trust of BC acquired 9 properties covering 467 hectares (1,153 acres) in 2016 with your help. We are looking forward to working with you to do more amazing things this year. 

If you would like to make a donation, we would be delighted to receive your gift online or by phone at 604-924-9771 (toll free 1-866-288-7878). 

Skaha Lake 
Home for Species at Risk
The Nature Trust of BC is working to secure 35.4 hectares (87.5 acres) on the eastside of Skaha Lake in the Okanagan. The parcel is ideal for Bighorn Sheep because it is generally steep with some flat benchlands interspersed throughout. The lower portions are grasslands, transitioning through mixed forest at the mid-level to rocky terrain at higher elevations.

The Skaha Lake property is located in two of the most endangered biogeoclimatic zones: Bunchgrass and Ponderosa Pine. It is important for supporting at risk species such as Bighorn Sheep, White-throated Swift and the Western Rattlesnake. It has the potential to support the endangered American Badger. This parcel is an infill piece, surrounded by our conservation lands to the north and east with the Eastside Road to the west and the south adjacent to a housing development.

Help us save this important property for Bighorn Sheep and other wildlife. We are working to raise the final $175,000 to complete this project. Every dollar helps. You can donate online or give us a call at 1-866-288-7878.
Give 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.

Love Nature at Upcoming Events

Calling Young Leaders for Wildlife
On February 22 from 5 pm to 7 pm, join other young professionals and outdoor enthusiasts for a casual conversation with Nature Trust leaders. Learn about conserving BC's spectacular beauty and wildlife. Tickets are $35 per person and include appies and a drink. Dress is business casual. For more information, or to buy tickets online, click here. You can also contact Jayne Drew at jdrew@naturetrust.bc.ca or (604) 924-9771 ext. 222 if you have any questions.

Brant Wildlife Festival
The Nature Trust of BC is working with community organizations and volunteers on the 2017 Brant Wildlife Festival on mid-Vancouver Island in March and April. The festival celebrates nature, especially Brant geese as they stop to rest and feed during their migration to their northern nesti ng grounds.

Join our Director Dr. Rob Butler on March 18 for a Migration of Life presentation at the Quality Resort Bayside in Parksville. Enjoy a tour of the Englishman River Estuary led by Karen Barry on April 7 from 10 am to noon. Come to The Nature Trust's Celebrate Nature event on April 8 at the Quality Resort Bayside in Parksville. You can savour a pasta dinner, live music, a silent auction and updates on our conservation projects by our Director Doug Janz. Tickets are $35 per person and available by calling 1-866-288-7878 or e-mailing rrivers@naturetrust.bc.ca Visit brantfestival.bc.ca for details.

Earth Wind Fire 2017
Join us on Saturday, June 24 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. 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, e-mail jdrew@naturetrust.bc.ca or call toll free 1-866-288-7878.

Career Opportunity
The Nature Trust of BC is seeking an enthusiastic and motivated conservation professional to be our Kootenay Conservation Land Manager. This is a full time professional position based in Cranbrook, BC. For more information, please click here.