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 MarshWatch 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 ParkWatch interview with Lynne
Denise – The Fench Creek EstuaryWatch interview with Denise
Annual Eagle Release 2021Watch the eagle release
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.
March 30, 2021
Warm sunny weather with light winds and a rippling sea.
Area 3 (Claire/Tom) reported 430 Brant along Surfside Beach as well as hundreds of Dunlin and Black Turnstones.
Area 2 (Dave/Bonnie) began with 4 Brant flying west at French Creek, good numbers of Gulls and eagles from Johnstone Rd. to Butterball and then finally 200 Brant at Seacrest along with more gulls and eagles, total 204.
Area 1 (Jim/Helen) began before the 10AM start. While driving past Parksville Bay I noticed Brant flying and made a quick stop at the end of McMillan St. to count 340 Brant. Arriving at Rathtrevor shortly after 10 AM I found Helen had also counted 340 Brant along the beach there. Eagles and beach walkers finally moved the birds to Brant Point. Our final count here was approx 400.
After a quick stop at Mariner Way we arrived at Parksville Community Park shortly after 11AM. Here we found 380 Brant on the west side of the bay mixed with gulls feeding along the shore. On the east side near the parking lot were another 700 being gently herded out of the bay by approaching beach walkers and the falling tide.
After our count another 35 Brant flew in making our total here 1115 and a combined total 1515. The March 30 overall total was 2122 Brant.
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 . . .FESTIVAL HISTORY