Soaring with eagles
Friday, November 19 2010 @ 07:38 PM EST
Contributed by: karenbills
On Nov. 20 and 21, the Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival Society hosts visitors at 12 locations from Mission to Chilliwack. Viewing sites where events are planned include Kilby Historic Site, the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve, Sandpiper Golf Resort and Sts¹ailes Lhawathet Lalem in Harrison Mills, where there will be artisan demonstration and sales, an educational walk, a salmon lunch, eagle feather beading and Sasquatch Tours dancing. For full festival information visit www.fraservalleybaldeaglefestival.ca.
Photograph by: Paul J. Henderson, TIMES
Dozens of bald eagles are descending upon the Harrison and Fraser rivers every day to feast on the carcasses of millions of dead salmon that have spawned in recent weeks.
While this year's large sockeye run has received a lot of media attention, low numbers of salmon returned to other river systems up the coast of British Columbia. That has brought bald eagles to Chilliwack's back yard by the thousands.
"The eagles have come in very early and in very large numbers," said David Hancock, a noted wildlife biologist and founder of the Hancock Wildlife Foundation.
Hancock spoke about the annual eagle migration during a jet boat tour with Fraser River Safari on Wednesday in advance of this weekend's 15th annual Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival.
"This is the largest grouping of predators in one location in the world," Hancock said of the stretch of Harrison River from Kilby up to the Chehalis reserve.
On Wednesday, Hancock didn't do a detailed count but estimated between 2,200 and 2,500 bald eagles were present in the vicinity, with approximately 100 more arriving each day.
Read the rest of the story here: http://www.chilliwacktimes.com/technology/Soaring+with+eagles/3855050/story.html