Events

Wildlife Tours

2015 Brant Wildlife Festival Schedule

  • 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.
  • The Birds – Redux: A Fine Art Print Exhibition by Caroline James
    Mar. 14 to Apr. 10
    At VIU Deep Bay Marine Field Station, Caroline James will be presenting a Limited Edition Exhibition of sixty original bird paintings in oil and mixed media. The prints are mounted on beautiful mahogany and spruce supports and then coated in clear high gloss epoxy resin giving the traditional image a very unique and modern sensibility. For details, visit their website.
  • 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.
  • Spring Lecture Series 2015 – The Sea Among Us: Dr. Rick Harbo
    Thurs. Apr. 9 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
    At VIU Deep Bay Marine Field Station, 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. $10 for lecture, $15 for dinner before lecture. For details, visit their website. Call to reserve at 250-740-6611.
  • VIU Bird Monitoring and Banding Project at Buttertubs West Marsh
    Thurs. Apr. 9 at 7 p.m.
    All are welcome to join the Nanoose Naturalists to hear Dr. Eric Demers speak about a bird banding project at Buttertubs Marsh in Nanaimo. The project’s aim is to monitor migrant, breeding and resident birds, and provide practical training for VIU students and volunteers. This event takes place at Nanoose Library Hall and a small donation would be appreciated.
  • 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.
  • Spring Lecture Series 2015 – The Sea Among Us: Stewart Muir
    Thurs. Apr. 16 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
    At VIU Deep Bay Marine Field Station, 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. $10 for lecture, $15 for dinner before lecture. For details, visit their website. Call to reserve at 250-740-6611.
  • 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.
  • Spring Lecture Series 2015 – The Sea Among Us: Dr. Andrew Trites
    Thurs. Apr. 23 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
    At VIU Deep Bay Marine Field Station, 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. $10 for lecture, $15 for dinner before lecture. For details, visit their website. Call to reserve at 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.
  • Spring Lecture Series 2015 – The Sea Among Us: Dr. Paul Harrison
    Thurs. Apr. 30 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
    At VIU Deep Bay Marine Field Station, 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. $10 for lecture, $15 for dinner before lecture. For details, visit their website. Call to reserve at 250-740-6611.
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.