Environment focus of eagle festival
Monday, November 10 2008 @ 04:48 AM EST
Contributed by: karenbills
Environment focus of eagle festival
Friday, November 07, 2008
Meet the majestic bald eagle and rediscover its environment and our environment - the Fraser River valley - which includes the Fraser River salmon, sturgeon and other creatures, during the 13th annual Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival.
The festival is on Nov. 15 and 16, and is spread across 14 venues from Mission to Harrison Bay and even to Yarrow, with lots of entertainment, culture and incredible natural sights.
Kids can meet Harrison the Eagle mascot, and enjoy lots of children's events. You can take in the Green Expo at Leq'a:mel Hall, with its environmental displays, green vendors and crafts, speakers and First Nations cuisine. It's at 43101 Leq'a:mel Way, in Nicoamin Village, east of Deroche off the Lougheed Hwy.
Experience Sto:lo First Nations history, culture, archaeology and learn something of the Halq'emeylem language at the Xá:ytem Longhouse Interpretive Centre (35087 Lougheed Hwy. just east of Mission).
There are five spots at which to view eagles, trumpeter swans and other wild fowl, at sites complete with interpreters, viewing scopes and patio heaters. You can also discover the Great Blue Heron Reserve on the other side of the river in Yarrow. Cameras are welcome!
At the Inch Creek Hatchery (38620 Bell Rd., Dewdney), meet two six-foot long baby sturgeons, prehistoric denizens of the river whose species continues to live in the region.
The historic Kilby Store in Harrison Mills will have people in period costume - enjoy lunch and history in an old-time setting.
The festival offers river tours, a Volkssport Club walk on Nov. 15 where you can walk with the eagles, take a guided hike into Mission's Municipal Forest or meander through the district's protected Silverdale wetlands.
DON'T MISS THIS BOAT
Rob and Jo-Anne Chadwick of Mission's Fraser River Safari and conservationist David Hancock and the Hancock Wildlife Foundation join forces to showcase the Fraser Valley and its vital importance to the majestic raptor, the bald eagle.
Renowned author, biologist, conservationist, lecturer and publisher, Hancock will join the Safari crew on extraordinary eagle expeditions on Nov. 22 and Nov. 29. Tours leave at 11 a.m. both days.
The river journey will take guests on board the Chadwicks' safari craft, a shallow draft, enclosed and heated riverboat, into the heart of the valley's most significant yet one of the least known physical features - the Fraser River.
Eco-adventurers can relax and enjoy the scenery while listening to the knowledgeable Hancock talk about the bald eagle, its connection to the Fraser Valley, and the it co-inhabitants. The trip includes a hot lunch.
Partial proceeds will go to the Hancock Wildlife Foundation.
For more information or to book your outing, visit the website at www.fraserriversafari.com, leave a message at 604-826-7361, or call toll free to 1-866-348-6877.
To learn how you can help the Hancock Wildlife Foundation, visit www.hancockwildlife.org
WITNESS RAPTOR RELEASE
Witness a rehabilitated juvenile bald eagle fly off into freedom, on Nov. 12 at 11 a.m., at the Silverdale wetlands in Mission.
The release heralds the Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival, on Nov. 15 and Nov. 16.
The FVBEF is working with OWL, (Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society), in releasing the young raptor into one of the most biologically rich and diverse areas in the Fraser Valley. Special guest speaker and biologist David Hancock of the Hancock Wildlife Foundation will be on site.
Directions: Head west of Mission on Lougheed Hwy. to Nelson Ave., turn north on Nelson to first right hand turn. Travel on Silverdale Ave. 200 metres to Silverdale Creek bridge. Cross bridge and park on north side.
The Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival is November 15 & 16.
See www.fraservalleybaldeaglefestival.ca for a full schedule.
© Abbotsford Times 2008