Thursday, June 18 2015 @ 11:33 PM EDT
Contributed by: karenbills
This is a reminder that FledgeFest is now just a month away. I hope you marked your calendars when we first announced it last month to give folks time to make travel plans or take a day off work if necessary. It is important that you let us know if you are going to try to attend. I am reposting the invitation from David Hancock. Below it is a hot link to the forum thread devoted to FledgeFest 2015 where you will find a map and other information about the day's activities. It is also the place where the pictures from FledgeFest will be posted following the event.
Wednesday, July 22, will be here soon and we need you hear from you. Let's make our 10th anniversary a big one as it could be our last if we are no longer able to afford streaming the eagle nest web cams. It will be a time to assess whether we can go forward. You can email me at email@example.com if you have any questions.
FledgeFest 2015 – Harrison Mills
The eagles are again into final stages of nestling development. So it's time to consider our annual gathering of eagleholics!! Another FledgeFest is in the offering for our 10th anniversary.
Historically we started FledgeFest related to our estimated date the Sidney chicks were to fledge. Then a few years back Ma & Pa Sidney had a chick get caught in some fish line in the nest. This necessitated that incredible 'rescue' with many different media in attendance. While the rescue went unbelievably smoothly and without a hitch, as predicted the adult eagles, while successfully rearing their 3 young, did start to build another new nest two days later. This new nest of course did not have our cams. So the next year and since we have not had a formal 'FledgeFest'. The last two years we compromised with a wonderful garden party here at our home.
The discussions as to where we should have FledgeFest 2015 again came to the surface. With the Sidney eagles back at their old nest, and in spite of no cams being present, could we again gather somewhere in the Sidney area? We could also again meet here at my place. I then thought that with Betty Anne Falkner of Pretty Estates having been such an incredible sponsor of the eagles around Harrison Hills, with her help every year with the Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival, her sponsorship of our Harrison Mills nest cams and her development of the world's finest bald eagle observatory at Pretty Estates, perhaps we should hold the FledgeFest 2015 at Pretty Estates in Harrison Mills. It became the unanimous choice. So FledgeFest 2015 will be at Pretty Estates on Wednesday, July 22 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. We will be having a lunch and a tour of the site. We might have a second tour of the nearby Chehalis Fish Hatchery.
Perhaps someone can coordinate pickups from Vancouver Island to save the vehicle ferry costs. Of course this will depend on enough mainland volunteers to pick up people coming from Vancouver Island.
We hope to see as many of you as possible.
Cheers to all.
If you plan to attend you must let us know by posting your intention in the forum thread. We will need to give a final number of attendees to the restaurant about a week prior to FledgeFest.
Here's the link to the forum thread for more information: