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.

Spring Break Adventures – Deep Bay
March 13-17, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm at Deep Bay Marine Field Station
Children aged 7 to 10 can enjoy a Spring Break camp filled with science-based games, experiments, outdoor adventures and possibly a boat trip on Friday (weather permitting). Youth campers will delve further into the science of taking care of our marine animals as well as observations of animal behaviour in our tanks and on the beach. $250 per child. A healthy and delicious lunch is available for an additional fee of $10 per day. For more information, e-mail amie.armet@viu.ca Register online (search “Deep Bay”) or call 250-248-3252

Nanoose Edibles Farm Open House
March 18, 10 am to 5 pm in Nanoose Bay
Experience the “Spring at the Farm” tour at Nanoose Edibles Farm. See what’s growing and check out the animals at this free event for the whole family.

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.

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.

Spring Break Adventures – Deep Bay
March 20-24, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm at Deep Bay Marine Field Station
Children aged 11 to 14 can enjoy a Spring Break camp filled with science-based games, experiments, outdoor adventures and possibly a boat trip on Friday (weather permitting). Youth campers will delve further into the science of taking care of our marine animals as well as observations of animal behaviour in our tanks and on the beach. $250 per child. A healthy and delicious lunch is available for an additional fee of $10 per day. For more information, e-mail amie.armet@viu.ca Register online (search “Deep Bay”) or call 250-248-3252

Building Tour and Lunch
March 28, 11 am to 1 pm, Deep Bay Marine Field Station
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. After the tour, enjoy a lunch buffet that includes gourmet sandwiches and salad, assorted fruit, delicious desserts, coffee, tea and more! $25 per person (Advance tickets only) Call 250-740-6611 to purchase tickets.

Foraging for Wild Edibles
March 30, 2 pm to 6:30 pm, Deep Bay Marine Field Station
Curious and hungry foragers will be led in small groups on a foraging excursion, sampling ocean delicacies, Pacific oysters and Manila clams direct from their shells on the shellfish research farm of the University. Foragers will learn about First Nations’ use of shellfish, Vancouver Island’s marine ecology, species identification and which island wines complement the organic ocean treats. Local experts will discuss where and how to forage for shellfish locally and how to make sure that your shellfish is safe to eat. Afterwards, participants will retire to the Field Station for a short cooking lesson/demonstration and a shellfish themed meal showcasing the products of local shellfish farms paired with Vancouver Island wines all prepared by the Field Station’s Chefs in residence. So, forget cutlery! Learn how an oyster can be enjoyed au naturel!$125 per person (Advance tickets only) Call 250-740-6611 to purchase tickets.

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.

Coho Smolt Count
April 1 – 9, 9 am daily at Grandon Creek
Drop by Grandon Creek to see the Qualicum Beach Streamkeepers doing the morning smolt count and learn all about salmon and the creek. Located at the bottom of Crescent Road West in Qualicum Beach. Contact info@qbstreamkeepers.ca or (250) 594-6788 with questions.

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.

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.

Little Qualicum Estuary Tour
April 5, 10 am to noon at the Little Qualicum Estuary
Join the Qualicum Beach Streamkeepers to learn all about this amazing estuary in Qualicum Beach. Contact info@qbstreamkeepers.ca or (250) 594-6788 with questions.

Wetland Tour and Lunch
April 6, 11 am to 1 pm, Deep Bay Marine Field Station
Visit our wetlands just a few steps from the station for a hands‐on exploration of this special ecosystem. Learn about our unique water treatment wetland system, observe local riparian plants and animals as well as discover evidence of First Nation practices of past and present. After the tour, enjoy a lunch buffet that includes gourmet sandwiches and salad, assorted fruit, delicious desserts, coffee, tea and more! $25 per person (Advance tickets only) Call 250-740-6611 to purchase tickets.

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
Explore nature at the centre and see a variety of owls, eagles, falcons and bears, then tour the wildlife garden. A rehabilitated eagle will be released into the wild 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 or view the brochure. $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.

This Is My Home Concert
April 9, 2:30 pm at Knox United Church, Parksville
The Parksville and District Community Choir will be performing Canadian choral works plus Franz Liszt’s Missa Choralis for choir and organ. $18 per person from Mulberry Bush Bookstore or at the door.

Basic Bird ID and Bird-Watching for Families
April 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.

Bioblitz
April 22, Milner Gardens & Woodland
Join expert scientists to help identify and count plants and birds on this special property, hosted by the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region Research Institute. The data we gather will contribute to a growing understanding of the biodiversity of our region. No experience necessary! Email mabrri@viu.ca to sign up.

Hamilton Marsh Tour
April 23, 10 am to 3 pm at Hamilton Marsh
Bring your friends and family to explore this amazing marsh outside Qualicum Beach and learn about the interesting plants and wildlife with the Friends of French Creek and Arrowsmith Naturalists. By donation.

Click here for the 2017 Brant Wildlife Festival poster.

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.