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By: Pat B (offline) on Tuesday, September 03 2013 @ 06:19 PM EDT (Read 19445 times)  
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Discussion, Observation, Screenshots & Videos -- Chehalis-Harrison Estuary Cam - Fall 2013

Cam coming soon - as are the salmon.

This thread is set up to provide a place to discuss the eagles and other wildlife arriving to feed on the spawning salmon at the Chehalis River Estuary, as observed on our estuary cam.




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By: Pat B (offline) on Tuesday, September 03 2013 @ 06:19 PM EDT  
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A few Pointers

Because this camera may be watched by school classes and we encourage children to visit the forum to learn about eagles and the other wildlife whose life cycles are linked to theirs - like salmon - we will be following a strict interpretation of our basic "no obscenity" rule, and we would appreciate your not using even the mild expletives and descriptions of bodily functions - gosh and golly are permitted - please consider some mythical maiden aunt or uncle looking at the forum with their great niece or nephew before using anything stronger.

"Poop" is an allowed word when referring to something done by an eaglet. We know that some words which describe bodily functions are also used as casual slang in some areas - but because they are considered far more impolite in some regions than others, we may change them to family-friendly alternatives. No PM is required because notice is being given here.

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By: Pat B (offline) on Tuesday, September 03 2013 @ 06:20 PM EDT  
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The Chehalis Flats Tower Cams:

Our two tower cams not only overlook the area in which the world’s largest gathering of Bald Eagles was reported, but overlook what is considered Canada’s most productive salmon river – ever!

We first established this Tower and its cams for the fall of 2009 – and regrettably due to costs, did not re-establish the cams in 2010 and 2011. Both those years saw the Chehalis – Harrison Flats, the very area over which the cams give view, house more bald eagles than any other site in world history. This river system houses all five salmon species. This includes the largest run of both spring or Chinook salmon and coho salmon in all of Canada. In the odd numbered years this river system also spawns one of the largest pink or humpback salmon – in the even years the northern rivers have bigger runs of "humpies". Furthermore, the river is also home to many seasonal small runs of steelhead and both of our local trout run the river and particularly follow the salmon for eggs to eat.

Naturally the predators gather. This includes not just the record number of bald eagles, but several thousand gulls, probably of about 10 species, thousands of waterfowl, including several hundred trumpeter and whistling swans, many hundreds of geese and ducks. Our resident bird watcher, Kathy Stewart, operates Kathy’s Korner and she has reported over 160 other bird species in the local area. Bears are in the area but due to hunting are largely nocturnal in prowling the Flats. Coyotes find it easier to hunt the smaller nearby tributaries.

So, it was with considerably enthusiasm that we arranged the Chehalis Tower. This was supported by Ducks Unlimited, the Sts’ailes Native Band, and Aluma Systems supplied the tower and a crew of 4 to erect it. Then of course came the transport of the erected tower, built on the end of the Pretty Estates Sandpiper Golf Course (home of the new Harrison Mills nest!) from their airport to the desired site a mile north. That transport was supplied by none other than our White Rock nest sponsors, Russ and Ellen. Somewhere I have some exciting videos of the “Fraser Blues”, a local but internationally known aerobatic team, taking off and passing on either side of me standing on the tower – in the middle of the airfield! Our 30 ft. high tower gives an incredible view of the surrounding Chehalis Flats and the feasting eagles. Today, October 29, 2012, I saw several hundred eagles on these flats already and the spawning season and eagle migration has hardly begun.

Chehalis Underwater Cam: So just north of the tower, in the treed area, is the Chehalis tributary that is home to our Underwater can -- the spawning salmon pass beside our tower on the way upstream and their dead or dying carcasses drift downstream out onto the flats before the cams. We are hoping to have a number of Stream Keepers and others informed on river ecology to jump aboard to help answer your questions.

Harrison Mills Bald Eagle Nest Cams: Then just to the south west is the Pretty Estates and the Sandpiper Golf Course and fine restaurant, Rowena's, with the Harrison Mills Nest on the 10th Green. Unfortunately, the Tower is not visible through the trees from the Harrison Mills nest cams. We see the Flats from the HM cam but not our Tower.

The Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival: The Chehalis – Harrison Flats are the home of the Festival and all the shoreline access points are where we hold the Festival, which takes place the 3rd weekend of November each year at the beginning of the bald eagle congregations. Our Festival features many special supportive events: talks on local eagles and conservation, displays by regional nature organizations, various walks and tours to highlight the eagles. The Festival is now being extended for an entire month and at each weekend we will be featuring different events and places: Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival.

Tour Boats and Viewing Sites: The boats traveling along the eastern shoreline that can be seen from both the Tower or the HM nest are running up the Harrison River channel. This is the route we always take on the Fraser River Safari Tours and from which I counted 7362 eagles in the area of the cams. This is also the Tour boat that I often get free rides on and act as a guide. Fraser River Safari This is by far the best way to see the largest number of eagles. The other viewing sites include, from the south north: the beaches along the Harrison River around Kilby Park, the Pretty Estates who has built an eagle trail along the western shore of the Chehalis - Harrison River and then continuing along Morris Valley Road to the Eagle Point Observation Deck that overlooks the Chehalis Flats and our Tower from the Eagle Pt. Community Park about 1 kilometer north of the Pretty Estates.

The people of the area love eagles : You will find an incredible enthusiasm and hospitality from the Kilby Museum and Restaurant , the rustic camaraderie at the Sasquatch Inn , the fine dining and accommodations at the Rivers Edge Restaurant and Rowena’s Inn , to the Sasquatch Crossing Eco Lodge another mile north -- and the home of our future Bald Eagle Cafe. All these enterprises support our Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival and the Hancock Wildlife Foundation. Many other facilities exist in the nearby communities of Mission, Agassiz and Harrison Hot Springs.



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By: Pat B (offline) on Tuesday, September 03 2013 @ 06:22 PM EDT  
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September 20th 2009
Building the tower ......................... ........... Waiting for the lift into place


Here comes the helicopter


All the photos of the installation day are in
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By: Pat B (offline) on Friday, September 06 2013 @ 07:24 PM EDT  
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By: karenbills (offline) on Wednesday, October 23 2013 @ 08:52 PM EDT  
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We are pleased to present the first screenshots of the Chehalis Flats Tower Cams for the fall/winter 2013 season. I took these full screen size shots from the direct access cam so the time does not show. Taken at 5:49 PM, Oct. 26.

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These cams can be viewed from our Live Cameras page. Both are working but right now only the Vivotek cam can be seen from the cam page. The other one should be showing up there shortly.


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By: RitaR (offline) on Thursday, October 24 2013 @ 02:52 PM EDT  
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Taking a look at the cams and found an eagle enjoying a bath.
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