2010 Brant Wildlife Festival

The Brant Wildlife Festival is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary during the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity. Events run from March 5 to April 28, 2010, while the Brant geese and other wildlife rest and feed on Vancouver Island shores on their way to their northern breeding grounds.

The 2010 Brant Wildlife Festival kicks off with the 20th anniversary opening night celebration from 7 to 10 pm on March 5, 2010, at the Quality Resort Bayside, 240 Dogwood Street, Parksville. The keynote speaker Marian Adair will talk about Biodiversity British Columbia – Taking Nature’s Pulse, followed by a discussion. Refreshments will be served at a no host bar. Pre-registration is $10 per person.

Saturday, March 6, 2010, is Brant in the Bay Family Day from 10 am to 1 pm at Parksville Community Park on Corfield Street North on the Parksville waterfront. You’ll learn about Brant geese and witness the amazing phenomena of spring migration with experts. Admission is free. From 10 am to 2 pm it’s Family Day in the Studio at the Oceanside Art Gallery Studio, 133 McMillan St. in downtown Parksville. Children aged six to 12 can create a masterpiece. Pre-registration is $20 per student (adults free with child). From 7 to 9 pm it’s Night Skies – Stargazers Astronomy Night. This event will take place only if there are clear skies; if overcast it will go be March 12. Pre-registration is $5 per person.

Sunday, March 7, 2010, from 10 am to noon there will be a Wild Shores Herring Tour Meet at the Parksville Community Centre, 132 East Jensen Avenue in downtown Parksville. You’ll take a tour along the coast with Guy Monty to see the spring migration in full swing and learn about the life cycle of Pacific herring. It’s $20 per person.

From March 8 to March 12, 2010, the Rathtrevor Provincial Park Nature House in the park three km south of Parksville on Hwy 19a will host a Kids Get To Know nature camp with Robert Bateman. Children will learn about their wild neighbours in the great outdoors and be able to express the natural world in art, photography, and daily journals. Pre-registration for ages 6 to 12 is $20 per day or $90 all five days (9 am to 3 pm).

On Saturday, March 13, 2010, from 6:30 pm to 9 pm, it’s Green Spaces and Wild Places at Beach Acres Resort, 25 Resort Drive near Rathtrevor Provincial Park, Parksville. Mountaineer Peter Rothermel will speak about connecting a network of wildlife corridors with protected parklands and wild spaces in Mount Arrowsmith, followed by a discussion and reception. Pre-registration is $10 per person (no host bar). For more information about any of the above events, call Donna Monty at 250-586-3838 or 1-866-288-7878.