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By: JudyB (offline) on Tuesday, October 21 2014 @ 01:45 PM EDT (Read 22069 times)  
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Discussion, Observation, Screenshots & Videos -- Chehalis-Harrison Estuary Cam - Fall 2014 and Fall 2015

Cam coming soon - as are the salmon.

Because there was very little activity in 2014, rather than starting a new thread for 2015, we're going to continue this one.
2015 posts start here

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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Thanks to Pat B, karenbills, and the other Admin Team members for pulling together the information for the opening posts, and to David, Ken, Larry, Percy and the others involved in installing and maintaining the cams!

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By: JudyB (offline) on Tuesday, October 21 2014 @ 01:45 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: JudyB (offline) on Tuesday, October 21 2014 @ 01:46 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
This Album

JudyB here - Charlie and I were lucky enough to be at Chehalis the day the tower was built - my pictures are here - http://www.judybmaine.com/travel/2009_w ... ehalis.htm

And there are more of Karen's pictures with captions on our old forum here.

It was an amazing undertaking!

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By: urban Eagle (offline) on Saturday, November 08 2014 @ 07:32 PM EST  
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wave Friends,
Thank you Judy for your well wishes,the install was a complete success and in record time (i guess were getting it down to a fine art)
but like a dummy I get so caught up on the task at hand that I didn’t take any pic’s till we were back on the boat and leaving.
The rivers water level at the tower was just under 5 feet,that's a lot of water considering last season we hauled the wheel borrows across the flats like a mule train.
Taking the boat made it much easer for us but that being said the dead and dying salmon are being washed out of the area(not good for are Eagles) no sand bars for the fish to
get caught on. We saw plenty of carcasses floating by the tower and at least 40 to 50 eagles fly around but I personal think the numbers are going to be down this season because of
the water level. Hopefully we will have a week or two of dryer weather and the water level will drop.
This is what the tower looks like after we installed the cam’s
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This is the water level at the tower today
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Bradley and Percy after a good install (Bradley is Kelvins son, who normal helps us but had to work so Bradley stepped up to the plate) a big thanks young man from us old timers .
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By: urban Eagle (offline) on Saturday, November 08 2014 @ 07:49 PM EST  
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wave Friends,
I think the boat ride was much easier on our buddy Ken who did not have to walk.
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and last but hopefully not least a tip of my hat to all the HWF supports that make this possible.
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