Aliens among us

Museum exhibit teaches about invasive species

Manager of the Craig Park Heritage Museum Buddy Williams eyes up one of the alien species found in the new Aliens Among Us exhibition.

Manager of the Craig Park Heritage Museum Buddy Williams eyes up one of the alien species found in the new Aliens Among Us exhibition.

The aliens have landed in Parksville thanks to a Royal B.C. Museum (RBCM) traveling exhibition and the show kicks off this weekend.

“It’s nice that we are first in line for the three-year project that’s going to travel throughout the province and hit a dozen museums,” said Buddy Williams, manager of the Craig Park Heritage Museum. “We were lucky enough to be chosen number one.”

It might not be all luck however, as Williams used to work at the RBCM for around 30 years and has been working hard to bring the show to the community.

The exhibition, called Aliens Among Us, aims to educate British Columbians about the growing threat of alien species in the natural environment, like American Bullfrogs, Scotch Broom and Smallmouth Bass. 

“There are over 4,000 alien species in our province and that number grows each year,” said Kelly Sendall, Manager of Natural History at the Royal BC Museum, in a press release. 

Visitors to the show will learn how alien species arrived in B.C., how they affect our environment and what people can do about them.

Williams said it’s a real blessing to get an exhibit of this calibre, at no cost to Parksville, thanks to BC Hydro and RBCM. 

The exhibition opens in Parksville this weekend, May 14, with opening ceremonies beginning at 11 a.m. Pauline Rafferty, CEO of the Royal BC Museum will launch the exhibit, local dignitaries will be present, the Ballenas jazz program will entertain and a variety of finger food and cake will be supplied by Galloping Gourmet.

The show runs until August 7 at the Craig Park Heritage Museum. For more information about the museum visit


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