2021 Festival

The Brant Wildlife Festival celebrates nature, particularly Brant geese as they rest and feed on the shores of mid-Vancouver Island before continuing their migration to their northern breeding grounds.

This year’s festival is self-directed to ensure the safety of participants due of COVID-19.

Thank You

Thank you to the 20 businesses who hosted a painted Brant Goose for our #spotthebrant contest! 

– Coombs Country Campground
– Pacific Brimm
– Coastal Community Credit Union QB
– RE/MAX Anchor Realty
– Island Self Storage Parksville
– Courtyard Cafe
– Arbutus Fashions
– Island Cleaning Supplies
– What’s Cooking QB
– Pharmasave QB
– Tigh-na-Mara – The Pines Gift Shop
– Brown Eyed Susan’s, QB
– The Qualicum Toy Shop
– Lefty’s Fresh Goods QB
– Parksville Tourism Center
– Bosleys
– Open Collar QB
– Black Bird Schnitzel Haus
– Speedy Glass Parksville

A special thanks to all the folks that sent in selfies with the Brant!


Check out these great videos to learn more about the Brant Wildlife Festival, the local wildlife and the natural places in the Parksville – Qualicum Beach area.

Ceri – The Festival & Hamilton Marsh

Watch interview with Ceri

Hamilton Marsh is managed by Mosaic Forests and is private land accessible “at your own risk.” Thank you to our partner Mosaic for being part of the Brant Wildlife Festival.”

Lynne – The Seaside Nature Park

Watch interview with Lynne

Denise – The Fench Creek Estuary

Watch interview with Denise

Annual Eagle Release 2021

Watch the eagle release

Brant Counts

Brant counts, both formal and incidental, will be carried out from February through April along the Parksville-Qualicum Beach Wildlife Management Area. The data gathered by members of the Arrowsmith Naturalists, following COVID-19 protocols, will contribute to a multi-year study of the Brant that began in 1988. While the numbers of Brant may vary from one year to the next, analysis over time will indicate how the Brant in our area are faring.

April 13, 2021

It was a pleasant day to conduct the PQB WMA survey. Brant were found in several regions; Little Qualicum Estuary 30, Parksville Bay 308, Rathtrevor Park 635 and a small number flying at points along the coast. The total number of 992 Brant is down considerable from last week and incidental reports are also showing lower numbers. As the weather warms we may be near the end of the migration this year. 

April 6, 2021

These results showed how unpredictable our surveys are. The majority of the Brant (1525) were found feeding at Rathtrevor Beach along with some 500 Dunlin, 250 Mallard/Widgeon and 450 Gulls including 150 Bonaparte’s. A number of Brant were also recorded offshore at Mariner Way (73) and Parksville Community Park (88).

Area 3, at Little Qualicum Estuary there were 13 Brant but no others seen along Surfside or Seacrest in Area 2. 

Total for area 3: 1686. Total count of Brant 1699.


Into the Future

Planning the 2021 Brant Wildlife Festival was like entering uncharted territory. The public health restrictions meant that we could not have gatherings or our traditional events, but with determination and[…]

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Spot the Brant Contest Winners

Congratulations to the winners!

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Where It All Began

The origins of the Brant Wildlife Festival trace back to a little restaurant in Bayside Inn and to two local Oceanside residents, Neil Dawe and Bashir El-Khalafawi. Read the fascinating story . . .


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