Music by the Bay Concert Series

Nanaimo Chamber Orchestra

Summer 2014
Doors open at 5:30
Dinner 6:00 pm
Cost: $60/Show or $160/Series

Tickets available at:
Deep Bay Marine Field Station, Bowser BC
The Salish Sea Market, Bowser BC
Milner Gardens, Qualicum Beach BC
or by phone at 250-740-6611

Local musicians will perform a delightful mix of music while guests enjoy breathtaking views of Baynes Sound and feast on a sumptuous buffet dinner, prepared by resident Red Seal chef Lila Ruzicka.  See below for more information about each concert. Read the rest of this entry »

Grey Whale exhibit one step closer as remains exhumed from Beecher Bay

Yup, we did it – check out our preliminary timelapse above. and more information below Read the rest of this entry »

First ever Foraging for Shellfish Class



Our first foraging for shellfish class was a great success!  We had a wonderful time digging for clams, shucking oysters, gathering sea asparagus and discovering many amazing animals on the shore.  Highlights of our afternoon at the beach included a gathering huge bounty of shellfish to take home, holding slimy moonsnails and eating the freshest oysters you can find.  We were hardly ready to leave the beach when it came time to head inside but Chefs Lila Ruzicka and Debbie Shore delighted us with an interactive cooking demonstration and an amazing shellfish feast paired with local wines.  Guests enjoyed clam chowder, baked oysters with creamed leaks and bacon, and many more delicious dishes.  Thanks to all those who came out, foraged on the beach, got dirty and helped make the day a great one.

We have a few spaces left in our next foraging event on June 28th!   To make reservations or for more information please call 250-740-6611.
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#VIUWhale update – more than 100 bones sold!

Enthusiasm for our whale project is picking up speed and as of today we have sold 112 bones to individuals and companies who are now partners in this exciting project. Above- a shot from when we prepped the whale carcass for burial in 2010 Read the rest of this entry »

Summer Camps at Deep Bay Marine Field Station!

We are so excited to announce our upcoming summer camps at the station!  Register early as space is limited.  See below for more information.

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Running around Hornby Island (timelapse)

A little timelapse from the GoPro attached to the wheelhouse of our Research Vessel Chetlo starting near Norris Rocks south of Hornby Island and running around and up the east shore and then on to Comox Harbour on a beautiful day.

Spring Film and Lecture Series “Gardens Aflame: Garry Oak Meadows of BC’s South Coast” June 5th

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Join us June 5th 2014 for an evening with author Maleea Acker about the history, ecology and restoration of Garry oak ecosystems on Vancouver Island

Thursday June 5th 2014
Presentation 7:00 pm
Doors open at 5:30 pm

Come early to check out our aquariums and touch tanks. Tickets include admission to the station.
Gourmet food including salmon sliders, oysters sliders and sweets will be available for purchase before the presentation.

Tickets $10 in advance at:
Deep Bay Marine Field Station, Bowser BC
or call us at 250-740-6611

Garry oak ecosystems were tended by First Nations for thousands of years before the arrival of Europeans to BC’s coast. Today, less than 4% of these ecosystems remain intact. This multimedia talk and reading will examine the resurgence of “gardening” efforts on the South Island. Despite obstacles, restoration efforts are proving the resilience of these ecosystems in the face of climate change, and that native plant restoration and gardening is a viable alternative both in urban and rural areas.

Maleea Acker is the author of two books of poems, The Reflecting Pool and Air-Proof Green (Pedlar Press, 2009 & 2013), and a book of essays, Gardens Aflame: Garry Oak Meadows of BC’s South Coast (New Star Books, 2012). She holds an MFA in Writing and will soon hold an MA in Literature. She has lived in Canada, the US, Spain and Mexico. In Fall 2014, she will begin a PhD in Human Geography at the University of Victoria. Maleea lives and works as a freelance writer in Saanich, BC.


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