Robert Bateman will be the star of the evening November 18th at the Closing Gala for the 2016 WildWings Nature & Arts Festival and the Trumpeter Swan Society’s Swan Conference. The world-renowned, and beloved Canadian Wildlife artist, has been featured in exhibits around the globe and now has a permanent exhibition in Victoria, at the Robert Bateman Centre.
He was awarded the Royal Canadian Geographical Society Gold Medal in 2013 in recognition of his commitment to preserving the Canadian landscape He is also an Officer of the Order of Canada as well as a Member of the Order of British Columbia. Millions have celebrated his realist style and he is possibly best known for his works portraying birds in flight, and repose, as well as many other species of wildlife.
Bateman will be the keynote speaker at the gala evening, which wraps up six weeks of nature-themed events in the Cowichan Valley. The event, to be held at the beautiful Quw’utsun’ Cultural & Conference Centre on the banks of the Cowichan River, will also include a Cowichan traditional foods buffet dinner, a performance by the Tzinquaw dancers, live jazz by John Wade and Friends, silent and live auctions, and the Trumpeter Swan Society’s awards ceremony.
The Trumpeter Swan Society’s three-day Swan conference will bring swan enthusiasts from all over North America to share and learn about the latest research on trumpeter swans and other swan species.
The theme of the conference is Swans and Agriculture, Working Together and includes two days of presentations, an evening public forum on waterfowl and agriculture issues and a day-long field trip to local farms dealing with waterfowl issues. All events are open for public registration.
The Swan Conference is hosted by the Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society, the Cowichan Valley Naturalists and the Trumpeter Swan Society as a part of the annual WildWings Festival. The festival, now in it’s 8th year, provides many opportunities to experience local nature and culture through nature oriented events including guided nature walks and birding events, events highlighting the Cowichan Peoples culture and traditions, wildlife art and much more. WildWings proceeds are shared equally between Somenos Marsh wildlife viewing infrastructure projects and future WildWings Festivals. For Festival and Swan Conference event information visit: www.wildwingsfestival.com
Submitted by Elizabeth Bailey