2017 events

This year brings us many opportunities to connect with our regional, national, and international communities. We hope that you'll be able to join us for one of our upcoming events.

MABRRI BioBlitz 2017

Saturday, April 22

Home base: Milner Gardens & Woodland

MABRRI BioBlitz 2016 at VIU's Milner Gardens & Woodland

MABRRI BioBlitz 2016 at VIU's Milner Gardens & Woodland

Local, Indigenous, and scientific knowledge holders are invited to help us count species through an interactive and educational BioBlitz on April 22, 2017. The data we gather will contribute to a growing understanding of the biodiversity of our region. An introductory-level session will be hosted at Milner Gardens & Woodland in Qualicum Beach and an expert level BioBlitz will be held at Oak Leaf Drive Community Park in Nanoose Bay. All events are free.


Beginner BioBlitz at Milner Gardens in Qualicum Beach:

There will be a morning session from 9am to 12pm and an afternoon session from 1pm to 4pm. Click the link below to sign up and choose your session.

Milner Gardens & Woodland: 2179 West Island Hwy, Qualicum Beach, V9K 1G

Expert BioBlitz at Oak Leaf Drive Community Park in Nanoose Bay:

There is one session for expert Blitzers. Please click the link below to sign up.

Oak Leaf Drive is located in Nanoose Bay off of Dolphin Drive and Oak Leaf Drive Community Park is located at the end of the road.

A special thanks to Vancouver Island University, Milner Gardens & Woodland, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, and the Regional District of Nanaimo for making this event possible.

Brant Wildlife Festival: A Spring Celebration of Nature

March 18 to April 17, 2017

Events that celebrate nature take place throughout the region in various location

The community-based Brant Wildlife Festival began in the Oceanside Community in 1991. The festival celebrates nature, particularly Brant geese as they rest and feed on the shores of Parksville and Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. The 2017 festival is being organized by a local steering committee with the help of TNTBC. All events that fall between March 18 and April 17 will be posted on this website. More about the festival here.

Island Tour:

ICCA Tribal Parks & UNESCO Biosphere Reserves

SUNDAY, MAy 6 to Monday, May 8

Vancouver Island, BC

Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Park

Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Park

This tour is designed as an activity for participants in the P. E. Trudeau Foundation symposium Indigenous Peoples’ Land Rights and the Roles of Ethnoecology and Ethnobotany: Strategies for Canada’s Future, taking place at the University of Victoria from May 2-5, 2017. The tour is open to the public and will take place over 3 days. For a full description of the tour, click here.

CBRA Day on the Hill

Monday, May 29

Ottawa, Ontario

The Canadian Biosphere Reserve Association (CBRA) is planning a one-day event at Parliament Hill to let all parties know about the work accomplished byUNESCO biosphere reserves in Canada. For a glimpse of our collective work, visit biospherecanada.ca.