Deep Bay Marine Field Station

At the end of a crushed shell road lies the Deep Bay Marine Field Station, a research facility run by Vancouver Island University. It’s a gorgeous location overlooking Deep Bay and the station is spectacular in its design, looking a little like a huge clam shell. In addition to being used by Vancouver Island University for aquaculture and marine conservation …

Eurasian Collared-Doves

Last weekend when I spent a day birding and looking for salmon I checked out the small park at the end of Deep Bay Drive for waterfowl. The park is an excellent place to look for waterbirds and often they come in quite close to the shore looking for shellfish. While I had good looks at the ducks there wasn’t …

Searching for Brandt's Cormorant

Yesterday I was in charge of the kids for a couple of hours so I decided that a trip up to Campbell River was in order. I figured that after about 3o minutes of driving they would both be asleep and I could do some roadside birding along the shoreline. In particular, I was hoping to find some Brandt’s Cormorants …

2009 Deep Bay Christmas Bird Count

Neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow, nor inadequate waterproof clothing or footwear can prevent the dedicated birder from participating in one of the season’s most anticipated events – the annual Audobon’s Christmas Bird Count (CBC). A typical place usually only visited during a bird count – a powerline. No birds here, they were smarter than we were and out of …