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
Curtis – Englishman River EstuaryWatch interview with Curtis Rispin from The Nature Trust of BC
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.
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