Biodiversity

Urban Biodiversity Enhancement and Restoration Project


Goal 1: Preserve and restore the natural areas within the farm area.
Goal 2: Enhance biodiversity features within the farmed and natural areas of the property.frog icon
Goal 3: Develop the site as demonstration and teaching site for urban biodiversity enhancement techniques.

This meadow, once broom and non-native grasses, has been planted with native species by volunteers with the Haliburton Biodiversity Project​
This meadow, once broom and non-native grasses, has been planted with native species by volunteers with the Haliburton Biodiversity Project​

One of the primary tenets of Haliburton Community Organic Farm is that small scale, organic farming is compatible with maintaining and restoring ecosystem health.  The farm is a demonstration site, not only for organic and sustainable farming practices, but also for ecosystem restoration.

The Haliburton Biodiversity Project includes a group of volunteers that have been working since 2007  to restore wetland, meadow, and forest habitat at Haliburton Farm.  They also work towards enhancing the ecological value within food production areas of the farm by planting native plants, and installing bird boxes and native bee cavities.

The centrepiece of the Haliburton Biodiversity Project is the restoration of a degraded wetland and meadow that began in 2009. Starting with a monoculture of non-native reed canarygrass, they have been rebuilding a diverse wetland that now teams with aquatic insects, frogs, swallows, garter snakes, and the occasional salamander. Around the wetland they are restoring  the kind of meadows that once covered large parts of the Victoria area.

This initiative provides a demonstration area to learn about the characteristic habitats, plants, and animals of the region.  The Haliburton Biodiversity Project  is a model for restoration techniques that can be used to enhance habitat values on a variety of lands.

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Mountain Sneezeweed, one of many rare plant species found in the restored meadow and wetland habitat at Haliburton Farm. Barn in background serves as habitat for threatened Barn Swallows as well as bats.

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A monoculture of non-native Reed Canary Grass transformed into a diverse array of native wildflowers, sedges, and grasses (top picture).

Garry Oak Meadow species blooming from seed in the Haliburton Farm meadow (bottom picture).

Schedule a tour to learn about the restoration techniques being used.

EVENTS AND NEWS

Plants, Foods, and Medicines of the Saanich Peninsula

Sunday, July 23rd 2017. 10am-12pm

Haliburton Community Organic Farm, 741 Haliburton Road

*Email halibiodiversity@gmail.com to reserve a spot*


Join W̱SÁNEĆ and Ahousat Nation ethnobotanist, storyteller, and knowledge keeperJohn-Bradley Williams at Haliburton Farm on Sunday July 23rd for a summer walk & talk focused on native plants, ecology, and traditional foods. We will be looking at plants within the Saanich Native Plants nursery as well as the Camas meadow, wetland, and forest at Haliburton Farm.

*BY DONATION* (suggested $10) 

 

 

 

Thank you for your support PCAF!

indexWe would like to send a huge thank you to the Public Conservation Assistance Fund (PCAF) for their support for the past three years. PCAF has helped enhance meadow and wetland habitat on the farm through the planting of native species, supporting volunteers, and helping  purchase materials.

 

Did you know volunteers with the project donate more than 3000 hours of their time each year?! 

Saanich’s Biodiversity Conservation Award

Congratulations to Purnima Govindarajulu! She was awarded Saanich’s Biodiversity Conservation Award in 2016. This award highlights her work with the Haliburton Biodiversity Project. Purnima initiated this project in 2007 and since has been an integral and crucial part of its success. Not only has she contributed thousands of hours over the past 8 years in the forms of advice, guidance, and techniques for wildlife stewardship best practices, she has also given her time to ensure that volunteers feel empowered and appreciated. We are all pleased that she has been offered this award. She deserves it!

LÁU,WELNEW Tribal School camas harvest

We are thrilled to have hosted students from LÁU,WELNEW Tribal School for a camas harvest in May. These bulbs were pit cooked to help the kids re-connect with their food traditions. Elder John Elliot, and teachers Pena Elliot, Berkeley Lott, and Judith Arney described to students the importance of this staple that has nourished local people for thousands of years and is a critical part of food security in our region.

 

HAT’s Native Plant Garden Tour was a HIT!

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Paige from the Habitat Acquisition Trust giving a tour

The Habitat Acquisition Trust Native Plant Garden Tour on Sunday May 1st saw more than 100 visitors to the farm. Haliburton Biodiversity Volunteers provided tours to the wetland and meadow restoration area and other naturescaping features around the farm.

 

 

 

Contact us: halibiodiversity@gmail.com

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Volunteer With Us

Join us the first Saturday of every month from 10am to 12pm at 741 Haliburton Road.

Next work party is Saturday October 7th 10a.m-12p.m..

Volunteering with the Haliburton Biodiversity Project is a great way to learn about our local flora, fauna, and ecology! We will be planting and seeding native species at this workparty.

Please bring gloves if you have them. Potluck lunch to follow the work party.

Look for the yellow mailbox off Haliburton Road. We meet in front of the farmhouse up the lane.

The restored wet meadow in August 2017 from non-native invasive Reed Canary grass.
The restored wet meadow in August 2017 from non-native invasive Reed Canary grass.
Pacific Chorus Frogs breed in the wetland and are found throughout the farm. Other species like garter snakes, swallows, and dozens of native bee species help with pest control and pollination.  Photo: Elmarie Roberts
Pacific Chorus Frogs breed in the wetland and are found throughout the farm. Other species like garter snakes, swallows, and dozens of native bee species help with pest control and pollination. Photo: Elmarie Roberts

Interested in a Tour?

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Biologist Purnima Govindarajulu, who is one of the project leaders, shows a Red-Backed Salamander to volunteers

Please contact us at halibiodiversity@gmail.com . Guided tours for groups and individuals are available.

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Volunteers monitoring for frogs, salamanders, and aquatic insects

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Camas harvest with students from LÁU,WELNEW Tribal School. 

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Click the links below to view or download the Haliburton Biodiversity Project Poster and Brochure!

Haliburton Biodiversity Poster

Haliburton Biodiversity Brochure

Building a Wetland