Events

2018 Brant Wildlife Festival

2018 Brant Wildlife Festival

Event Descriptions:

March 19-23, Go Wild Spring Break Camp at Moorecroft

9 am to 3 pm

Children aged 6 to 10 are invited to GO Wild and spend an incredible spring break at Moorecroft Regional Park and experience nature inspired fun and adventure.

Cost is $180 per child/5 days.

Register at https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/rdnrecreation/ or call 250-248-3252

March 24, Basic Bird ID and Bird-watching for Adults

8:30 am to 12:30 pm

Dr. Lynne Brookes will lead this enjoyable, practical workshop for beginning and intermediate level participants age 16 and up at North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre, Errington.

$50+tax per person; $80+tax per couple

Pre-register at www.niwra.org or call 250-248-8534

March 24 & 25, Wetland Birding Tours

9:30 am to 12:00 pm

Tour a wetland wonderland with Parksville wetlands initiative founder and expert birding guide Christopher Stephens. This hidden gem with 87 recorded bird species and many noteworthy critters is a key habitat for unique marsh birds & amphibians, supporting an abundance and diversity of species.

Pre-registration required

Book with Pacific Rainforest Tours mail@rainforestnaturehikes.com or call 250-248-3667

March 24 & March 25, Forest Bathing Walk

10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Knowledgeable and experienced eco tour guides invite you to come relax, rejuvenate and soak up nature’s restorative medicines on a slow paced, sensory and mindful forest bathing experience.

Pre-registration required

Book with Pacific Rainforest Tours mail@rainforestnaturehikes.com or call 250-248-3667

March 25, Brant in the Bay

10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Enjoy the chance to view Brant geese and other birds through spotting scopes and have all your nature questions answered by the Arrowsmith Naturalists at Parksville Community Park.

March 26-29, Spring Break – Spring into Pirate Camp

9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Ahoy, matey! This fun and educational camp for children aged 7 to 12 at Deep Bay Marine Field Station will introduce landlubbers to the science of the seas through pirate-based games and activities for all ages. Camp will be packed with science-based games, experiments, interpretive nature walks and beach explorations.

$140 for 4 days

Register online at https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/rdnrecreation/Home

March 26-29, Go Wild Spring Break Camp at Rathtrevor

9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Children aged 6 to 11 are invited to GO Wild and spend an incredible spring break at Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park and experience nature inspired fun and adventure.

Cost is $40+GST per day or $150+GST per child/4 days.

To register or for more info visit http://www.naturehouse.ca/j333/index.php/kids-camps-summer-and-spring-break, email nature@rlcparks.ca or call 250-478-9414

March 27, Birding Walk at Englishman River / San Pariel

9:00 am

Arrowsmith Naturalists birders will lead families/individuals to see birds and explain birding techniques. Meet at the Plummer Road trail head. Directions: Island Hwy (19A) to Plummer Road, south side of orange bridge. Travel approx 1km on Plummer Road along the Englishman River past Shorewood Drive. Meet at trail head on left.

$1 for General Public

March 28, Winged Migration Film

2:00 to 4:00 pm

Watch this epic portrait of winter bird migration at Eaglecrest Golf Club in Qualicum Beach. Filmed on all seven continents over four years, the footage is brought together into one portrait of a journey that’s uniformly arduous for all kinds of different birds. This documentary was shot using in-flight cameras, most of the footage is aerial, and the viewer appears to be flying alongside birds of successive species.

By donation.

March 30, Birding Walk at Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park

9:00 am

Arrowsmith Naturalists birders will lead families/individuals to see birds and explain birding techniques. Meet at the main parking lot at Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park.

$1 for General Public

March 31, Basic Bird ID and Bird-watching for Families

10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Dr. Lynne Brookes will lead this practical and fun workshop for families with children age 10 and up at North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre, Errington.

$25+tax per family up to 3; $5+tax for each additional member

Pre-register at www.niwra.org or call 250-248-8534

April 3, 10 & 16, Guided Station Tours

11:00 am to 12:00 pm

The Deep Bay Marine Field Station is committed to the promotion of ecologically sustainable development and marine conservation. Join our knowledgeable guides as they discuss features of our green building, marine conservation, sustainable seafood and more in interactive group tours of the Field Station.

$12 per person, pre-registration encouraged (maximum 35 for tour)

Registration at https://research.viu.ca/deep-bay-marine-field-station/form/brant-tour-form

April 5, Little Qualicum River Estuary Tour

1:30 pm

Join the BCCF and Qualicum Beach Streamkeepers for a one to two hour tour of the Little Qualicum River estuary regional conservation area – key wildlife habitat for fish and birds. Tour begins in the parking lot at the end of Surfside Drive, reached by Kinkade Road off Highway 19A at the west entrance to Qualicum Beach.

April 7 & 8, Pacific Brant & Carving Show

10:00 am to 5:00 pm

View Poster

Drop by the Parksvile Community Centre to see amazing wildlife woodcarvings and the work of other top wildlife artists hosted by the Vancouver Island Woodcarvers Club.

$5 per person

Click for more details http://www.thebrant.ca/

April 14, Eagle Release

11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Head to the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre in Errington and see owls, eagles, falcons and bears, then tour the wildlife garden. A rehabilitated eagle will be released into the wild at 2 pm.

Suggested donation $5 per person, children 12 and under free

April 14, Exploring the Surprisingly Agile Minds of Waterfowl

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Join The Nature Trust of BC for a fascinating presentation by Dr. Holly Middleton at the Quality Resort Bayside in Parksville.

$10 per person

Register by e-mailing rrivers@naturetrust.bc.ca or calling toll free 1-866-288-7878.

April 15, Edible and Medicinal Wild Plants Walk

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Join biologist Jessica Wolf for a stroll along the Englishman River to discover wild plants that produce delicious berries, nutritious greens and fragrant teas. Learn which plants can ward off colds, suppress coughs or fight infection.

$35 per person

Advance registration is required and limited to 15 people.

Register online at www.jessicawolf.ca or call 250-734-1422

April 19, Foraging for Wild Edibles

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Curious and hungry foragers will be led in small groups on a foraging excursion, learning about ocean delicacies, Pacific oysters and Manila clams direct from their shells on the shellfish research farm of Vancouver Island University at Deep Bay. Foragers will learn about First Nations’ use of shellfish, Vancouver Island’s marine ecology, and species identification. Participants will also receive recipes for delicious ways to cook their ocean treasures.

$30 per person

Registration through the Regional District of Nanaimo

April 21, Bioblitz

9:00 am to 2:00 pm – Englishman River Regional Park/Top Bridge Park trail head

9:00 am to 4:00 pm – Milner Gardens & Woodland

Milner Gardens will be the host site for community members to learn how to BioBlitz alongside students and community experts. Englishman River/Top Bridge Park will be for community members that already have some experience with species identification and do not require much or any guidance. We will need volunteers at both Milner Gardens and Englishman River Regional Park.

Registration will be announced soon.

If you know of any experts or individuals who would like to get involved please contact us at mabr@viu.ca

April 22, Brant Wildlife Interpretive Park Dedication

Head to Qualicum Beach to see the new Brant Wildlife Interpretive Park that will be dedicated in memory of Faye Smith who dedicated her life to conserving nature.

April 28, Hamilton Marsh Tour

10 am to 3 pm

The Hamilton Marsh Committee, as part of the Friends of French Creek Conservation Society, working with Arrowsmith Naturalists, continues to raise awareness of this amazing wetland with annual April tours during the Brant Wildlife Festival with Island Timberland’s permission.