Help us choose our 2014 T-Shirt!

Help support the Field Station and art students by voting for this year’s 2014 (Second) Annual T-shirt design destined to become a collector’s item!

Visual Arts Professor Gregory Ball  and his great Arts 295 Printmaking 2 students did a class competition for this years T-shirt that we will sell to support public education at the Field Station.  We’re going to give the winner a $150 gift certificate for art supplies at the VIU bookstore, plus fame and glory!

We picked our favourite designs and have them below (in no particular order).  Take a look and give us your opinion by VOTING in the POLL at the BOTTOM OF THE POST.  You can click on any design to view it larger.  Contest closes at 1630 Friday April 25  !  We’ll announce results Monday Morning the 28th!  Thanks for playing!

Fine print – designs may be modified or further developed in discussion with winner to correct typos add the name of the Field Station or other editorial comments.

Entrant 1 - Front
Entrant 2 - Front
Entrant 3 - Front
Entrant 4 - Front
Entrant 4 – JELLYFISH
Entrant 5 - Front
Entrant 5 – SEASTAR
Entrant 6 - Front

Entrant 6 (FRONT)
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Entrant 6 – ANEMONE (note this one has Front and back designs)
Entrant 7 - Front
Entrant 7 – Front
Entrant 7 - Back
Entrant 7 – Back
Entrant 7 – OYSTERS (note this one has Front and back designs)
Entrant 8 - Front
Entrant 8 – WHALE


Event: Foraging For Wild Edibles

Fanny Bay Oysters with Horseradish Mignonette

“On May 31, June 28 and Nov. 22 the Earth and Moon align to give some of the year’s lowest tides, uncovering a variety of edible treasures.

Brian Kingzett, Manager of the Vancouver Island University Deep Bay Marine Field Station, will lead small groups on a foraging excursion, sampling salty-sweet ocean delicacies, Pacific Oysters (Crassostrea gigas) and Manila Clams (Venerupis philippinarum), direct from their shells on the shellfish research farm of the University.”

Read more about this event in the Nanaimo Daily News!



May 31 12:30 pm – 5:30 pm

June 28 11:30 am – 4:30 pm

Where: Deep Bay Marine Field Station 370 Crome Point Road

Cost: $95 per person plus tax

 Call 250-740-6611 to reserve.



Tea by the Sea

Tea by the Sea poster-page-001

Join us for high tea including a delicious selection of sandwiches, pastries and other goodies prepared our chef 11:00 am – 1:00 pm on Tuesdays in April and May!

Tea includes admission to the Station. Enjoy stunning views of Baynes Sound, and tour the Station to learn about marine science through colourful exhibits, a large public aquaria and touch tanks teeming with marine life collected from BC waters.

Proceeds from Tea by the Sea benefit Deep Bay Marine Field Station’s education programs.

View the Menu.

Please reserve atleast one day in advance.

Call 250-740-6611 for reservations.

Whale Project Update – $10,000 milestone made!

We made our first $10,000 milestone on fund raising for our Grey Whale Project today with the generous sponsorship of a mandible (jaw) bone.  Read on for an update on the media and the project.  Other notable Sponsorships have included Grieg Seafoods who bought both Scapulae (shoulders). Read the rest of this entry »

An almost forgotten history of Native Oysters on Vancouver Island

Ostrea Lurida

We have been searching through 1800′s literature and newspapers to track the exploitation and disappearance of Native (Olympia) oysters from Baynes Sound and Vancouver Island as a whole. This is our longest post to date but is some research we are very excited about. We hope you enjoy this almost forgotten chapter of Vancouver Island estuarine ecosystems.   This has been a join effort of Brian Kingzett and Karen Leask (VIU) and Melissa Frey of the Royal BC Museum with supportive comments and help from many. Read the rest of this entry »

Brant Wildlife Festival Events

Wildlife Bird Tours - 2013 Brant Festival

We are thrilled to be part of the fantastic line up of events for the 2014 Brant Wildlife Festival which runs from March 1 to April 21. The Festival is a celebration of nature, particularly Brant geese as they rest and feed on the shores of the Parksville and Qualicum beach areaa on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Events will be held at a variety of venues including Deep Bay Marine Field Station.

Festival Events held at Deep Bay Marine Field Station:

March 2 Herring Spawn Boat Tour  (SOLD OUT!)

March 6 Spring Film and Speaker Series
Graham Beard – Fossils: Keys to the Past

March 10 Spring Harvest Evening of Celebration- Dinner and Speaker

March 10 – April 14 Art Show: From Fin to Feather
Art from the shores of the Salish Sea

March 14 Spring Film and Speaker Series
Russell Cannings – Owls of British Columbia

March 19 & 26 Fishy Fun Camp Ages 6-8

March 20 & 27 Ocean Adventures Camp Ages 9-12

March 20 Spring Film and Speaker Series
Bill Merilees – “Penguins – Tough as Nails – Cute as a Button”

March 22 Kids Day Open House

March 27 Spring Film and Speaker Series
Dr. Richard Beamish – The Straight of Geogia and its Fishes

April 3 Spring Film and Speaker Series
Paula Wild – The Cougar: Beautiful, Wild and Dangerous

April 10th Spring Film and Speaker Series
SHELLSHOCKED: Saving Oysters to Save Ourselves with Wiley Evans – Ocean Acidification

April 24th Spring Film and Speaker Series
Tessa Danelesko – Wild Whales: What’s in our Waters?

Stay tuned for more details to be announced in the upcoming weeks.

Check out the Brant Wildlife Festival website for other fantastic events in the area!

Feb 17 Pro-D Day

We would like to invite all teaching professionals from School Districts 70, 71 and 72 to join us  Feb 17th for a Teacher’s Orientation Tour.  If you have never visited the Deep Bay Marine Field Station or are planning a class field trip, this is a great opportunity to visit the Station and learn about the exciting hands-on marine science field trips available for your classes.

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