"The Hunter" - by John Lafrance

As the orange globe sets low in the sky, in the shadows there’s a presence of something awaiting for dusk to fall fully. I’m pound for pound the most ferocious, quickest and deadliest entity alive. I’m also so stealth, so dark and so trim that you would not want to come into my path because you would be nothing but prey.

As darkness falls, eyes are adjusting to my night vision. Now be still as a rock, as still as can be. Not even a breeze, just perfect. Patience, wait and be ready for something to stir, a leaf, a shadow, a twig to break, anything at all. I believe, I sense and I smell.

A noise breaks through the night. A tin can being tapped, as a voice calls out, “Pokey, come, din din.” Yes, I believe it’s Fancy Feast Tuna Surprise. She hurries to a knowing warmth as the door awaits her entry.

Finishing the last of supper she quickly moves to her favourite spot and lays down purring. Back into her dreams she becomes the hunter of the night. Within moments her paws start twitching.

Hummingbird Legend

Legend says that hummingbirds float free of time, carrying our hopes for love, joy and celebration.  The hummingbird's delicate grace reminds us that life is rich, beauty is everywhere, every personal connection has meaning and that laughter is life's sweetest creation.   ( - author unknown )

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Event - Wildflower Wanderings - April 28, 2019

Wildflower Wanderings

Sunday April 28, 2019 - 12:00 noon - 3:00 pm.

Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary Society

3873 Swan Lake Road, Victoria, British Columbia V8X 3W1

Hosted by Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary Society and Victoria Natural History Society

Spring has sprung and Swan Lake has never looked better. We celebrate the wonderful world of wildflowers with guided tours of our native plant garden, a hike up Christmas Hill, crafts & games for the kids, and native plants for sale.

Admission by donation. Drop in noon to 3. We will leave for the hike up the hill around 1 pm. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring water if you would like to join us!

Event generously sponsored by the VNHS.

For more information call: 250.479.0211 or visit www.swanlake.bc.ca

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Event - Tree Love Town Hall - Saturday, April 27, 2019

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This event is taking place on the unceded territory of the W̱SÁNEĆ Nations.

Calling all tree lovers, land defenders and concerned citizens!

There is growing public concern about the future of our remnant Garry oak forests. The once-expansive Garry oak forests have been reduced to scattered trees and isolated residual forest patches throughout the region. Few natural Garry oak ecosystems survive. We continue to lose trees through municipal development approvals. In this era of climate emergency, the survival of the remaining Garry oak ecosystems is under threat.

Join us for a lively discussion on why Garry oaks are important to our communities and what is being done to restore and protect this critical ecosystem for our region. We will also consider the challenges faced with protecting the urban forest and how to engage with local government, and the public in general, on these issues.

We will be welcomed to the territory by TIFFANY JOSEPH whose ancestors have been here since time immemorial (Tsartlip and Tsawout Nations). As a recent candidate for North Saanich council and through her work with organizations like Sea Change, Tiffany maintains a deep interest in native plant restoration and habitat conservation. She will be speaking on: Ecosystems as our Relatives

Facilitator: BOB YATES, Yates,Thorn & Associates

OTHER SPEAKERS INCLUDE:
STUART MACPHERSON, Falaise Community Association

NATHALIE CHAMBERS, Saanich Councillor

FRANCES LITMAN, Community Trees Matter Network
"Trees Please - Why We Need Trees - Empowering communities to take a stand for their trees"

RON CARTER, Garry Oak Meadow Preservation Society
"Infrastructure of a Different Colour: Green"

JAMES MISKELLY, Biologist, Saanich Native Plants
"Ecological values of Garry oak and other Native Trees"

DOORS OPEN AT 630 pm

Includes interactive discussion/ feedback
Followed by calls to action and ways to stay involved

Refreshments provided.
Donations gratefully accepted at the event.
Please RSVP treelove@falaise.ca if you plan to attend.

For more info on the organizers, please visit:
https://www.falaise.ca/

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Event - Ecological Loss Community Grief Ritual - May 4, 2019

Saturday, May 4, 2019 @ The Church of Truth - 9:45 am - 1:00pm

The despair that is for the destruction of our other-than-human kin in these times is inescapable. This is a grief that doesn't go away, however it is vital to have ongoing places to release and express this despair if we are to remain open and responsive to meeting the needs of our times.

Ritual within community is one way to provide a transformative container to meet our heartbreak and allow its expression and release; to allow some of the reservoir to flow.  If your heart is cracked open by the devastation of this crisis, I welcome you to gather with others in a community ritual to pay homage to that which has been lost, is disappearing, and that which may feel too difficult to name.

The afternoon will consist of Council practice, writing prompts, small group sharing/witnessing, and a collective grief ceremony around the community altar. The structure of this offering draws from the insights, wisdom and lessons learned from ritual practitioners - Francis Weller and Daniel Foor.

With gratitude and acknowledgement to the unceded ancestral lands of the Songhees and Esquimalt people. 

Cost: $50. 

Sliding scale spots are available, with priority to folks coming from historically/currently marginalized populations (First Nations, BIPOC, queer and trans people, and those living with disabilities).

To register, email: shaunajanz@gmail.com

Spaces are limited.

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