Nature Trust seeks group to take on Parksville’s Brant Festival

Just because The Nature Trust of British Columbia took over running the Brant Wildlife Festival four years ago, doesn’t mean local participation isn’t needed, says Doug Walker.

Just because The Nature Trust of British Columbia took over running the Brant Wildlife Festival four years ago, doesn’t mean local participation isn’t needed, says Doug Walker.

The president and CEO of The Nature Trust was in Qualicum Beach recently, to give that message and to call for support.

“The Nature Trust continues to seek support to continue with the festival,” he said. “We agreed in 2006 to run it until we can find others to keep it going. We are putting increasing time and energy to make sure this continues and we want to continue working with the communities involved. We want to make sure it has a viable format and that the communities want it.”

He said he has heard people suggest The Nature Trust has done such a good job with the festival over the past four years that they should continue to do so. However, he stressed his group needs community partnerships in order to keep it going and to raise sponsorship funds.

The festival, he said, costs $30,000 to put on every year.

That figure was put into context by town councillor Barry Avis, who noted the Brant Wildlife Festival brought in $625,000 to the area every year.

The Brant Wildlife Festival runs from the beginning of March to the end of April, with numerous events and activities planned to highlight the special significance of the Oceanside area to Brant geese, as well as other wildlife.

Just Posted

Qualicum Beach charity hosts fundraiser for Guatemalan students

Aldea Maya has been working in the Central American country since 2012

Parksville Lawn Bowling Club on a roll for artificial turf

Project to cost over $500,000 but will save club money

More Parksville pop-up water parks planned

Fire department says Sunday, Aug. 18 next one on the agenda

Hi Neighbour Day celebrates 50th year in Errington

Pancake breakfast, parade, zucchini race and more planned for this years’ festivities

Semi-truck crashes on Hwy. 4 between Port Alberni and Tofino-Ucluelet

Drivers heading in or out of Tofino-Ucluelet Friday afternoon should expect delays

QUIZ: How much do you remember about Woodstock?

Weekend music festival in Bethel, New York, was held 50 years ago

‘It’s just the freedom:’ Paralyzed Broncos player pursuing life on the water

The former Humboldt Broncos goaltender, who started in the net when he was nine, was paralyzed last year

Canadians killed in Afghanistan honoured during emotional dedication ceremony

One-hundred-fifty-eight Canadian soldiers died during the mission

It’s snow joke: Up to 30 cm of snow expected to fall in northeastern B.C.

Alaska Highway, Fort Nelson to be hit with August snowstorm, according to Environment Canada

‘I’m just absolutely disgusted’: Husband furious after B.C. Mountie’s killer gets day parole

Kenneth Fenton was sentenced to prison after he fatally struck Const. Sarah Beckett’s cruiser

Sea-to-Sky Gondola in B.C. likely out of commission until 2020

Sea to Sky Gondola carries between 1,500 and 3,000 people every day during the summer season

Helicopter-riding dog Mr. Bentley now featured on cans of new B.C.-made beer

Partial proceeds from every pack go to Children’s Wish

PHOTOS: Weapons seized at Portland right-wing rally, counterprotests

Not all who gathered Saturday were with right-wing groups or antifa

Ferries employees participating in Denman Island cleanup for plastic-shedding ferry

The cleanup comes a few weeks after one organized by residents of the Island

Most Read