Events

Wildlife Tours

2015 Brant Wildlife Festival Schedule

  • Brantastic Observations Tour
    Sun. Mar. 1, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Join Gary and Ronda Murdock of Pacific Rainforest Adventure Tours to view Brant geese and other seabirds from hot spots in Oceanside with field ornithologist and expert birder Christopher Stephens. Pre-register: $30 per person, 250-248-3667 or mail@rainforestnaturehikes.com
  • Anniversary Celebration
    Sat. Mar. 7, 5 to 8 p.m.
    The Nature Trust of BC is hosting this celebration with music, nature photo displays, a silent auction, special awards, and pasta dinner at the Quality Resort Bayside. $35 per person, tickets at the Bayside or by calling 1-866-288-7878.
  • Goose Photo Exhibit
    Mar. 4 to 28, Tues. to Sat. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Rick Marotz will be displaying Brant and other goose photos at the McMillan Arts Centre with an opening reception Mar. 7, 1 to 3 p.m. 250-248-8185.
  • Brantastic Observations Tour
    Sun. Mar. 8, 1 to 5 p.m.
    Join Gary and Ronda Murdock of Pacific Rainforest Adventure Tours to view Brant geese and other seabirds from hot spots in Oceanside with field ornithologist and expert birder Christopher Stephens. Pre-register: $30 per person, 250-248-3667 or mail@rainforestnaturehikes.com
  • Deep Bay Herring Spawn/Wildlife Boat Tours
    Sat. Mar. 14, 10 a.m. to noon or 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
    View birds, herring spawn and the wildlife it attracts on a boat departing from VIU Deep Bay Marine Field Station. Pre-register: $100 per person 1-866-288-7878 or e-mail rrivers@naturetrust.bc.ca
  • Comox Herring Spawn/Wildlife Boat Tours
    Sat. Mar. 21, 10 a.m. to 12:30 or 1 to 3:30 p.m.
    View birds, herring spawn and the wildlife it attracts with Comox Harbour Charters. The morning trip will leave from Comox and end at Fanny Bay. The afternoon trip will leave from Fanny Bay and end at Comox. A shuttle service will get passengers from Comox to Fanny Bay or back to Comox. Pre-register: $100 per person 1-866-288-7878 or e-mail rrivers@naturetrust.bc.ca
  • Oceanside Water Day: A Celebration of Creeks and Ocean
    Sat. Mar. 21 10:30 a.m.
    Explore in-stream improvements made by streamkeepers and new shore protection concepts adopted by the Town of Qualicum Beach. Located at 3200 Block of West Island Highway, near Grandon Creek estuary.
  • Brant in the Bay
    Sun. March 22, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    View Brant geese and other birds through spotting scopes set up by the Arrowsmith Naturalists at Parksville Community Park and enjoy 25th anniversary cake. Free.
  • Spring Break Kids Nature Camp
    Mar. 23 to 27, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Children aged 6 to 11 are invited to join our amazing park naturalists for a week of fun in nature at Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park. Pre-register: $40 each day or $180 for week, 250-478-9414 or goldstream@naturehouse.ca.
  • Chocolate Lovers Cooking Class
    Sat. Mar. 28, 2 to 5 p.m.
    Love chocolate? Chef Lila Ruzicka will share her knowledge of working with chocolate in many dishes—not just sweets—at VIU Deep Bay Marine Field Station. For details, visit: www2.viu.ca/deepbay. Reserve your spot by calling 250-740-6611.
  • Gardening Workshop: An Aboriginal Perspective
    Sat. Apr. 11, 1 to 2:30 p.m.
    Join Madeleine Dwyer and Carrie Reid to learn about Native food plants and local First Nations uses, traditional cultivation and preparation at Kwalikum Secondary School. Please RSVP madeleinedwyer@gmail.com or 250-240-6236. By donation.
  • Spring Songs Concert
    Sat. Apr. 11, 7 p.m.
    The Cantando Chamber Singers will be performing at Knox United Church, Parksville. Refreshments will be served. $10 per person.
  • Family Day Open House
    Sun. Apr. 12, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Head to VIU Deep Bay Marine Field Station for fun activities for all ages, including bird banding, face painting, fish printing, and games and activities.
  • Freedom Flight–Eagle Release
    Sat. Apr. 18, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Eagle release at 2 p.m.
    Come for lunch, see glove-trained birds and many wildlife booths at North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre, Errington. By donation.
  • Music by the Bay
    Sun. Apr. 19, 1 to 4 p.m.
    Enjoy the A Capella Plus singers and buffet lunch at VIU Deep Bay Marine Field Station. For details, visit: www2.viu.ca/deepbay. Reserve your spot by calling 250-740-6611.
  • Hamilton Marsh Tour
    Sun. Apr. 26, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Bring your friends and family to explore this amazing marsh outside Qualicum Beach and learn about the interesting plants and wildlife with Friends of French Creek. By donation.
DINE FOR NATURE
Pacific Prime Restaurant at the The Beach Club Resort will be donating 15% of food and beverage sales every Wednesday in March to the Brant Wildlife Festival.
Call 250-947-2109 for reservations.
Tuesdays and Thursdays at Deep Bay
Delight in high tea, including sandwiches and pastries, Tuesdays in March and April from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Listen to captivating guest speakers from The Sea Among Us book on Thursdays in March and April from 7 to 9 p.m. with dinner at 5:30 p.m.
For details, visit their website. Call to reserve at 250-740-6611.

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.