Activities for all ages continue through April during Brant Wildlife Festival

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NANAIMO, BC: There’s still plenty to do for the whole family at Vancouver Island University’s Deep Bay Marine Field Station during the annual Brant Wildlife Festival.

A Family Day Open House will be held at the Field Station on Sunday, April 12, 10 am to 4 pm. Admission is free and there will be touch tanks, large public aquariums, face painting and other marine science educational activities. Read the rest of this entry »

#VIUWhale Project Update – Patience, Bone Repair and Awesome Volunteers


We in are in the bone repair phase of our Grey Whale Articulation Project – we’re learning patience and its all about fine detail work at this point as we repair damage to bones from damage that occurred while they were decomposing or being recovered. Read the rest of this entry »

Family Open House April 12 2015


Sunday April 12th, 2015
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Admission by Donation

Join us as we celebrate spring with a Family Open House! The day will be filled with fun marine science activities suitable for all ages. Take part in our coloring contest, get your face painted, make art to take home and learn about the marine life on our coast. Staff will be on hand to answer your questions and introduce you to the many amazing animals we have at the station.

Family Open House Activity Highlights:

• Morning bird banding demonstration by Dr. Eric Demers
• Fish Printing
• Face Painting
• Exhibits, demonstrations and much more!

Herring Spawn Wildlife Boat Tours March 2015

Wildlife Bird Tours - 2013 Brant Festival

March 11th
11:00 am – 1:00 pm

March 14th
1st Tour: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
2nd Tour: 1:30 pm – 3:-30 pm

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Spring 2015 Cooking Classes


Check out our new line-up of Spring Cooking classes with Chef in Residence Lila

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Spring Lecture Series March & April 2015

This spring’s series wilsea among usl focus on a new publication of significance to all of us who live and work around the Salish Sea.

The Sea Among Us presents a comprehensive study of the Strait of Georgia in all its aspects: geology, First Nations, history, oceanography, fish, birds, mammals, invertebrates and plants; the book is a sweeping overview of the waterway.

During the 8 part Thursday night series the contributing authors will share their expertise and contribution to this insightful book.

Come early to check out our aquariums and touch tanks and join us for dinner.   Each week’s lecture will offer a different themed menu: Seafood, Mexican, Italian, Greek, Japanese and more.  Tickets include admission to the station.

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First Meeting – Next Generation Shellfish Hatchery Project Jan 26,2015

Full shelves of phytoplankton culture
Commercial shellfish hatcheries are knowledge intensive, multi-component, highly integrated facilities. Technological advances continue worldwide in key individual components of hatchery systems (e.g. algal lighting and food production systems; hygiene and pasteurization technologies, water treatment and especially in water quality monitoring systems), yet no facility in BC has integrated the available advances into an operating hatchery. BC needs to develop the “next generation” hatchery systems and operational protocols which embrace these new technologies to increase seed production certainty, increase total seed production, improve efficiencies, reduce costs and enhance environmental performance. Read the rest of this entry »


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