Dwindling eagles disappoint Brackendale watchers
Monday, January 09 2012 @ 09:36 AM EST
Contributed by: jkr
Photo by : Ian Smith, PNG ; News article by: Andy Ivens, The Province
The 26th annual Brackendale Eagle Festival delivered the same disappointing results for organizer Thor Frosley as the previous four years.
In 1994, the world record of 3,769 eagles were spotted in one January day along the Squamish River and a few of its tributaires.
On Sunday the number was 655, he reported with a sigh. "Not enough salmon, not enough eagles," he lamented.
"We are very short of salmon."
"I think the fish farm is beating us out," he said of commercial operations farther up the coast.
"We look like the canary in the coal mine".