The society that overseas the Important Bird Area that stretches up the coast from Nanoose Bay to the Little Qualicum Estuary, wants to put up an information sign on Parksville Beach.
The request, from Important Bird Area (IBA) caretaker Hans Laue, suggests the proposed sign would fit on an existing signpost at the old hovercraft pad at the east end of the beach.
Several councillors commented that the request fits nicely with early talk of the Brant Wildlife Festival in March and April, during which dogs are banned from the beach, and other ongoing concerns about signage and enforcement of dogs being off-leash on the beach.
It was also pointed out that North American’s spend more on bird seed than pro-sports tickets, a sign that because of shifting demographics, birds are all the more valuable to a tourist economy like Parksville.
Council supported the request, referring it to staff for further details before a formal request comes back to them.