A GROWLS Special Event Love Is In The Aerie

Iain Lawrence


Tuesday, February 27 2018

In the first week of May the bald eagles of Gabriola Island begin hatching their eggs. To honour this event, GROWLS, (Gabriola Rescue of Wildlife Society) is inviting local artists to come out of their shells and participate in Love is in the Aerie, a celebration of these magnificent birds that conduct their affairs high above us.

To be held on Saturday May 5, at the Gabriola Golf Course, the event will include a Gertie bus tour of selected nests from 10 am to noon, and from noon to 5 pm, an art show, an art contest, silent auction and a special presentation by Ken Langelier, the Nanaimo veterinarian whose work with wild animals and family pets earned him the Order of British Columbia.

Artists of all ages will compete in separate age groups and three categories: photography, stories and poetry, and mixed-media art. There will be fabulous prizes, including cash awards, trips on a whale-watching boat operated by Vancouver Island Whale Watch and a night at Page’s Inn on Silva Bay, overlooking one of the two dozen eagle nests on Gabriola Island. Artists will be encouraged to display and sell their work as part of the event. Details and deadlines will be announced at a later date. But artists should get cracking now.

Selected eagle stories, poems and artwork from Love is the Aerie will be used in a special project to support the eagle-nest monitoring program. It will be a celebration of the shared existence of people and eagles on a small island, and a way to ensure a sustainable future for the birds and the monitoring program.

Our guest speaker, Dr. Ken Langelier, has a long and distinguished record of acting on behalf of pets and wild animals. Renowned for his work with wildlife, Dr. Langelier has been a leader both in research and the provision of medical care to injured or sick animals. His research contributed to a Canada-wide ban on the use of lead shot for waterfowl hunting, which was poisoning thousands of wild animals. He also conducted research into the health of bald eagles, and advocated a ban on the use of wild animals in performances. Dr. Langelier was the long-time chief veterinarian for the Stranded Whale and Dolphin Program of BC.

Admission to his presentation at Love is in the Aerie will be by donation. Tickets for the Gertie tour will be $20. For more information about the event or the art contest, contact Iain Lawrence ilawrence@shaw.ca 250-247-7656 or Darlene Mace 250-247-7415.