Tea by the Sea

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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

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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


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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Herring Spawn Boat Tours

Boat Tours

March 2nd, 2014

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

Tickets $100
Pre-register by calling toll free 1-866-288-7878 or e-mail rrivers@naturetrust.bc.ca

Join Nature Trust of BC Director, Dr. Rob Butler as he leads you on a tour of Baynes sound aboard our research vessel. View amazing local wildlife and learn about herring, Brant geese and other natural phenomena. Keep warm with hot drinks and goodies provided on the tour.

Dr. Rob Butler is an award-winning ornithologist known for his research of birds, radio and television appearances, and for his popular writing. He is co-founder of the Pacific WildLife Foundation, Fellow of The Explorers Club and the American Ornithologists Union, and an Outstanding Alumnus of two universities. He is also an adjunct professor of biology and has held executive positions in several science and conservation non-profits. His advice is regularly sought in Canada and abroad.

More about Rob from his website at http://www.robbutler.ca

* Please note that while the timing of the boat tour corresponds with a season of heightened marine wildlife activity which provides fantastic viewing opportunities, the exact date and location of the herring spawn itself is somewhat unpredictable and may not necessarily be under way on the day of the tour.

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

Graham Beard

Thursday March 6th 2014
Presentation 7:00 pm
Doors open at 6:00 pm

Come early to check out our aquariums and touch tanks. Tickets include admission to the station. Gourmet snacks and treats will be available before the presentation.

Tickets $10 in advance at:
Deep Bay Marine Field Station, Bowser bc
The Salish Sea Market, Bowser BC
The Courtyard Cafe, Qualicum BC
VIU Welcome Center, Nanaimo BC

Join us for a slide and lecture presentation with fossil expert Graham Beard. Many fossils from our area as well as other parts of the world will be on display.

Graham Beard, professional biologist, has been collecting fossils for more than thirty years. He is the President of the Vancouver Island Paleontology Museum Society and Director of the Qualicum Beach Historical and Museum Society. Part of his world class collection of 20,000 artefacts is on display in the Museum. Graham co-penned “West Coast Fossils: Guide to the Ancient Life of Vancouver Island” as well as numerous scientific papers.


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