A Spring Celebration of Nature!

The 2018 Brant Wildlife Festival is taking place March 19 to April 28.

It celebrates nature, particularly Brant geese, on mid-Vancouver Island with many fun activities for all ages.

Events range from Spring Break Nature Camps for kids to wildlife viewing opportunities and guest speakers across Parksville, Qualicum Beach, and surrounding areas.

Brant count update:

Dedicated members of the Arrowsmith Naturalists are doing counts of Brant in the Parksville-Qualicum Beach Wildlife Management Area each week during the Brant Wildlife Festival.

On April 17, they saw a total of 2,285 Brant in 1 hour and 40 minutes.

Two groups covered the Parksville-Qualicum Beach Wildlife Management Area and had good weather and a very low tide for the last full length Brant Count. Warm weather activities are on the increase such as people walking on the beach, flying kites and kayaking. We saw scattered dabblers,  Bufflehead and Goldeneye; small Scoter flocks moving up and down the Strait; 10 Great Blue Herons;  Black-bellied Plovers,  Red-necked & Horned Grebes were all in breeding plumage; gulls were few, most were Bonaparte’s.  Bird numbers are down, hundreds overall, compared to thousands a month ago. Brant were mostly feeding at the waterline, well away from human activity.

Conditions: Windy with a slight chop on the water, good visibility, partly cloudy skies.

Click here to view the event poster

For detailed descriptions and registration information for specific events,

please view our Events page.