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Brant Wildlife Festival

Spring at Sea

By Amie Arnet, Public Education Lead at Deep Bay Marine Field Station: When people think about spring, they often associate it with colourful flowers, baby animals and a time for renewal and warm weather following a cold, grey winter. These qualities of spring are not unique to the land as the oceans also have the…
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Brant in the Bay Opening Day

Spring and the Brant Wildlife Festival

By Rosemary Taylor, Arrowsmith Naturalists: Don’t miss out on the Brant Wildlife Festival – one of this area’s main attractions heralding the arrival of spring. So much to see and do, even if you’ve not yet made the acquaintance of the chatty little black and white goose for which the festival is named. Like many…
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BRANT in flight by Guy Monty

Community Agriculture and Nature

By Janet Thony, President, Coombs Farmers’ Institute: At first glance, it may appear that there are few opportunities that would inspire a conversation that could link the topics of agriculture and wildlife as mutually beneficial symbiotic elements, at least as this applies to North American culture. In certain circles, one is more likely to hear…
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Brant with leg band

Monitoring Brant Geese

The Brant we see here in Eastern Vancouver Island are the Pacific Black Brant population. Many of these birds have been banded in their summer nesting ground. Bands are usually found on the right leg. Arrowsmith Naturalists provided volunteer expertise to help support events and to assist with the spring Brant population monitoring conducted by…
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Brant Close-up by Sandra Gray

Brant Life Cycle

Brant start to arrive on their Arctic breeding grounds in early May. Already paired, they waste little time in selecting a nest site to lay their eggs. They have only a small window–after the ice and snow have left and before the bad weather returns–to lay their eggs and raise their young. Their nesting success,…
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