Here are a few ways you can get involved:
Make a donation to
WiTS to support this important initiative.
Become a Wildlife
Tree Monitor in your area (contact us for your local coordinator).
Help us to identify
areas of land that have wildlife tree value.
Consider placing protective stewardship/conservation agreements,
or covenants, on identified wildlife tree habitat on your land.
Provide hands-on help
to enhance valuable habitat (tree planting, constructing nest
boxes, etc.) with WiTS.
Encourage your local
government to incorporate wildlife tree protection into bylaws,
zoning, Neighborhood and Official Community Plans.
Learn about wildlife
trees. Contact us if you are interested.
Currently, the initiative has around 200
volunteer wildlife tree stewards monitoring in over 35 communities
covering southeast Vancouver Island from Campbell River to Sooke.
The majority of the stewards are FBCN members, some are landowners
with wildlife trees, and others are interested observers. While
monitoring wildlife trees, the stewards have seen and noticed
evidence of some of the 80 species that utilize wildlife trees
including owl nests, peregrine falcons, golden eagles, marbeled
murrelet activity, hawk nests, passerine activity, and even a honey
The stewards from each area have their own
Wildlife Tree Coordinator. The coordinator keeps track of stewards
and their trees, provides advice to the stewards, and collects forms
at the end of the monitoring season. In order to aid the
coordinators in their duties, workshops are provided and have
included topics such as landowner contact, covenants, wildlife tree
species, tree condition, and recording data.
Volunteer stewards are WiTS link to landowners. Prior to entering a property to monitor a
wildlife tree, the steward must obtain landowner permission. Often,
the steward develops a rapport with the landowner and can provide
information on the value of wildlife trees. Stewards also can inform WiTS which landowners may be interested in a stewardship or
WiTS would like to thank
all of our wonderful volunteer wildlife tree stewards and the
cooperative landowners who allow the stewards onto their property to
monitor wildlife trees.