2013 Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival Report
Tuesday, November 20 2012 @ 09:45 PM EST
Contributed by: davidh
What a month. Our Harrison Mills eagles have returned earlier and in bigger numbers than ever before. I can only hope the fish carcasses last. If you have not been watching the Chehalis Tower cams you have been missing a world class spectacle.
Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival: Then of course we have been preparing for the Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival -- and all the Festival volunteers and so many of our HWF volunteers made incredible contributions and the whole event seems to have been a great success. A "highlight" was the loss of electricity just as I was about to present my PowerPoint presentation. No electricity, no projector or PowerPoint. I carried on with a "talk" -- unillustrated and it seemed to go over well.
We had a special pair of guests this year -- Thor and Dorte Forslev, the Grandfather of all Bald Eagle Festivals -- his Brackendale / Squamish BE Festival will celebrate it's 27 year this January. We were so pleased to have him honor our Festival. The past few years, due to a major downturn in returning salmon in their river system, few salmon have returned to spawn and few eagles have appeared. I am certain we have carried-fed most of his birds over the past few years. The Squamish River this year is showing good salmon returns so their eagles will likely return.