Events

2017 Brant Wildlife Festival

GO Wild Spring Break Camp – Rathtrevor
March 13-17, 9 am to 3 pm in Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park, Parksville
Children aged 6 to 11 are invited to GO Wild and spend an incredible spring break in the outdoors with our energetic Park Naturalists. Discovery is in our Nature during this week full of nature inspired fun and adventure. Cost is $40 per day or $180 per child/5 days. To register or for more info visit www.rlcparks.ca, call us at (250) 478-9414 or email nature@rlcparks.ca.

GO Wild Spring Break Camp – Moorecroft
March 20-24, 9 am to 3 pm in Moorecroft Regional Park, Nanoose Bay
Children aged 6 to 11 are invited to GO Wild and spend an incredible spring break in the outdoors with our energetic Park Naturalists. Discovery is in our Nature during this week full of nature inspired fun and adventure. Cost is $40 per day or $180 per child/5 days. To register or for more info visit www.rdn.bc.ca/recreation or call (250) 248-3252.

Migration of Life
March 18, 6 to 8 pm at Quality Resort Bayside, Parksville
Join ornithologist Rob Butler for this fascinating talk. Migration of Life will surprise, astound and delight you while revealing the natural world as never seen before. Coffee, tea and treats will be served. $10 per person at the door.

Amazing Places Project Launch
March 30, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, Parksville Civic Centre
Join us in celebrating our region’s most beloved places as we present our new video and thank our partners. Project info, maps and other fun materials will be provided as well as exciting information about what’s coming up! Hosted by the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region in collaboration with Parksville Qualicum Beach Tourism. Visit www.mabr.ca/amazingplaces for details

Basic Bird ID and Bird-Watching for Adults
April 1, 8:30 am-12:30 pm (Age 16 years+), North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre, Errington
Dr. Lynne Brookes will lead this enjoyable, practical bird ID workshop suitable for beginning and intermediate level participants. Mounted and live resident birds will be studied. Reference materials, bird-watching pointers and feeding tips will be presented. Bird ID skills will be practiced on site. Limited enrollment. Contact www.niwra.org or call 250-248-8534. Workshop fee helps support wildlife and the Brant Wildlife Festival: $50+tax per person, $80+tax per couple. Payment in advance to reserve space.

Forest Bathing Tours
April 1, 8, 15, or 22, 9 am to 11 am
Join knowledgeable and experienced eco-tour guides for the ultimate forest bathing experience to embrace the healing properties of trees, forest plants, ferns, mosses and lichens. “Forest Bathing” also known as Forest Therapy is a growing trend that is about immersing oneself in the healing properties of trees and plants. Tours depart from Parksville Community Centre. Maximum 12 people. Pre-registration is advised. Please call 250-248-3667 or email mail@rainforestnaturehikes.com. $30 per person. Proceeds to The Nature Trust of BC.

Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants Walk
April 1, 1 to 4 pm, Morrison Creek, Errington
Plants are all around you, but do you know which ones have delicious berries, nutritious greens or fragrant teas? Which ones ward off colds, suppress coughs or fight infection? While strolling along a forested path in Errington with biologist Jessica Wolf, discover a selection of wild plants that can be used for food and medicine. Sample early spring greens and flowers, and learn what berries are abundant and edible. Participants will also be on the lookout for edible spring mushrooms! Morrison Creek, Errington. Advance registration is required and limited to 15 people. Register at www.jessicawolf.ca or by calling 250-734-1422. $35 per person.

Spring on the Farm
April 1 – 17
Come see what is “springing” to life on our local farms! Meet the farmers, see how food is produced, ask questions, sample REAL food, enjoy nature at its finest. Co-hosted by Coombs Farmers’ Institute and Qualicum Community Education and Wellness Society. No charge. Find up-to-date schedule and directions at coombsfarmersinstitute.weebly.com.

Brant in the Bay
April 2, 11 am to 3 pm at Parksville Community Park
Join the Arrowsmith Naturalists to view Brant geese and other birds through spotting scopes and to have all your nature questions answered. Free.

The Sights and Sounds of Spring at Englishman River Estuary
April 7, 10 am to noon in Parksville
Biologist Karen Barry will lead a walk to explore springtime biodiversity in the estuary. Meet at the gate at the end of Shelley Road. Bring binoculars if you have them, outdoor clothing, and good walking shoes. Free.

Eagle Release
April 8, 11 am to 3 pm, North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre, Errington
Come and see a wide variety of birds and displays, and see a rehabilitated eagle released at 2 pm. Suggested donation for admission of $5 each, children 12 and under free.

Celebrate Nature
April 8, 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Quality Resort Bayside, Parksville
Join The Nature Trust of BC for an enjoyable evening featuring live music, pasta buffet dinner, engaging speakers and a silent auction. Reserve your spot by calling 1-866-288-7878 or emailing Robin Rivers at rrivers@naturetrust.bc.ca. $35 per person.

Pacific Brant Carving and Art Show
April 8, 10 am to 5 pm and April 9, 10 am to 4 pm at the Parksville Community Centre
One of Canada’s best known wildlife woodcarving competitions, this show features a variety of work from talented carvers and turners from across the Pacific Northwest and Canada. The show also attracts many popular BC wildlife artists, photographers and sculptors. For more information, visit www.thebrant.ca. $5 admission.

Seabird Tour
April 9, 8:30 am to 11 am
Join Gary & Ronda Murdock of Pacific Rainforest Adventure Tours and Field Ornithologist Christopher Stephens for a wildlife viewing experience suitable for all ages. Here is your chance to visit all the Brant and seabird hot spots in Oceanside. Two viewing scopes provided. Tour departs from Parksville Community Centre. Maximum 12 people. Pre-registration is advised. Please call 250-248-3667 or email mail@rainforestnaturehikes.com. $40 per person. Proceeds to The Nature Trust of BC.

Basic Bird ID and Bird-Watching for Families
Apr. 15, 10 am to noon (Age 10 years+), North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre, Errington
Dr. Lynne Brookes will lead this 2-hour practical and fun bird-watching and ID workshop suitable for families with children aged 10 and older at North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre, Errington. Mounted and live resident birds and appropriate materials will be used to learn and practice bird ID skills on site. Best practices for feeding birds at home will be discussed and demonstrated. Resources, local bird-watching, and reference materials will be presented. Limited enrollment. Contact www.niwra.org or call 250-248-8534. Workshop fee helps support wildlife and the Brant Wildlife Festival: $25+tax per family up to 3. $5+tax for each additional member. Payment in advance to reserve space.

If you would like more information, want to volunteer or run an event, or have any questions, please call Robin Rivers at 1-866-288-7878 (604-924-9771 in Vancouver) or email rrivers@naturetrust.bc.ca.