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Brant Wildlife Festival

Spot the Brant Contest Winners

Congratulations to the winners!

From the River to the Sea

In Our Waters – Part I by James Craig It’s early spring in 2021, and juvenile salmon and trout are stirring in hundreds of rivers and streams that flow into the Salish Sea. Young fish prepare to go to sea, while eggs incubate and recently hatched “alevin” develop beneath the gravel their parents spawned in.…
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Artist Dan Gray painting

18″ x 24″ pastel painting from life by artist Dan Gray during the Brant Wildlife Festival 2021

The Pacific Flyway

Tens of thousands of birds grace our local shores as they follow their age-old migration route, known as the Pacific Flyway. Birds migrate to survive. Billions of birds migrate vast distances across the globe twice a year. The Pacific Flyway runs from Southern Chile through parts of western Canada up to the Arctic tundra and…
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A second Brant Goose Invasion has flown into town!

For the month of March twenty hand painted Brant Geese will be inhabiting shops in the Parksville and Qualicum Area.  If you spot one – take a selfie with the goose and upload it to Facebook with the hashtag #spotthebrant or email it to brantwildlifefestival@gmail.com. For each goose you find you will be entered to…
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The Pacific Black Brant

There is a lovely small sea goose that comes to our coastal area every spring, the Pacific Black Brant Goose. The “Brant” fly to the Parksville-Qualicum Beach area from Mexico and California and stop to rest and refuel for the next leg of their arduous journey to their Arctic breeding grounds. The Brant migration is…
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Bird Trail Digital Guide

The Bird Trail guide has been designed for people to enjoy and learn about birds found along the coastal Parksville-Qualicum Beach Wildlife Management Area and nearby inland areas on Eastern Vancouver Island. Click here to download the Bird Trail Digital Guide Click here to download the Bird Trail Brochure Click here to download the Bird…
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We live in a Biosphere Region!

Biosphere reserves are considered model regions for sustainable development. They work to promote the conservation of biological and cultural diversity in addition to economic and social development. In each biosphere reserve, community partners work together to find innovative ways to achieve a balance between the needs of humans and nature. As a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve,…
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Parksville-Qualicum Wildlife Management Area Map

Map of the Parksville-Qualicum Beach Wildlife Management Area compliments of The Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region Research Institute

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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