The 16 th Annual Brant Wildlife Festival takes flight March 31 ? April 2, 2006 in celebration of the return of over 20,000 ?talkative sea geese? to the beaches and estuaries of Vancouver Island?s Oceanside region. Oceanside is an essential feeding and rest stop for the Brant on their journey from Mexico to their northern breeding grounds in Alaska.
The festival was formed in 1990 as a project of the Mid-Island Wildlife Watch Society. The society?s primary goal is the preservation, enhancement and management of wildlife and their habitats in the mid-island area. Money raised at the festival goes to the Wildlife Legacy Fund. Projects such as the 17 km shoreline now protected as the Parksville ? Qualicum Wildlife Management Area, the Brown Property Preservation, and Jedediah Island have already benefited from the fund.
Over its 15 years, the festival has welcomed visitors from around the world to experience the fantastic Nature Tours, Interpretive Walks and Talks, Wildlife Viewing, Flight to Freedom ? eagle release, Ravens & Eagles Art Exhibition, Nature Displays, Student Art Exhibition and the ever popular Wood Carving Competition and Canadian Fish Carving Championship ? as world class carvers from around North America showcase their talent at the Parksville Community Centre.
World famous artist and festival patron, Robert Bateman said: ?With all forces presently acting to destroy nature in our modern world, it is inspiring to see the success of the Brant Wildlife Festival in bringing many elements of the community together to protect nature.?
All are welcome to the 16 th Annual Brant Wildlife Festival in Parksville and Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island to experience the beauty and friendliness of the area while learning the importance of preservation, enhancement and management of our natural heritage.
Brant Wildlife Festival Manager: Sandi Horton at 250-752-9171,