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Expanded Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival Ė Season of the Eagle & Salmon -- a must to attend for 2014!!

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Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival Schedule of Events  ---  2014

Eagle Release and preliminary schedule.

• November 12, 2014
Official ‘eagle release’ at Pretty Estates Resort 

Season of the Eagles Festivals:

The season will be marked by THREE weekends of festivities, lectures and displays.

• Weekend #1 November 15 -16     19th Annual Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival (FVBEF)

David Hancock will provide lectures on the Wondrous Bald Eagle Recovery at Harrison Mills, the Bald Eagle Capital of the World, at the Tapadera Estates viewing site and act as a guide on numerous Fraser River Safari Eagle Tours through November and December.  Other speakers will give presentations each weekend on other natural history topics. The FVBEF will host displays and various open houses at different locations on this first weekend – see: for schedule of events.

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Osprey Nelís back in Nelson, hopefully joining fledgling friends for fall migration

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Nel the orphaned osprey gives warning to a photographer at the Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation (OWL) centre in Delta. A healthy Nel was returned Friday to Nelson, where she was born last spring.

After months of rehab at a Delta wildlife centre where she learned to fish and fend for herself, Nel the osprey has gone back to Nelson.

Workers from the Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society (OWL) began the short journey to Nel’s place of birth Friday morning with a free flight to Castlegar, courtesy of Pacific Coastal Airlines.

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2014 Funds For Forum September 13

What Does It Take to Make a Forum...?

Here are images from a few of our many discussion/observation threads:

Photo Credits: Thanks to algonquinlover, anna-holland, BET, byline, cococat9, debs, deewerms, eaglewoman, edkeagle, elle, Ferenz, Gabi, gemini, golden1, HikerBikerGram, IrishEyes, Janet Preston, JudyB, Karen Saunders, lianaliesma, Linda Frazier, Lonette, MaryF, mia, mjb, ostrich, queenie, sassyk, shrub, SMW, sunshinecoast, urdognu for the wonderful screenshots and photographs I used in the collage - and I could have easily made one twice as big with equally wonderful pictures from other threads, if only there were a few more days in the week!

Please click the Read More link to see where each image was taken - and by whom!

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2014 Funds For Forum August 25

What Does It Take to Make a Forum...?

As many of you may have noticed, through much of June and July we were raising money to do the annual maintenance and updates on as many cams as possible at our four primary nests, Delta 2, Harrison Mills, Lafarge and White Rock.

And I want to say this part early on - we need help with fundraising! We have not raised enough for that maintenance, so some cams will not be cleaned this year. If you have thoughts or skills you can donate, please let me and/or Karen Bills know - those of us who did much of the fundraising this year are very committed to HWF's mission to promote the conservation of wildlife and its habitats through science, education, and stewardship, but fundraising is not our primary skill - and speaking for myself, I know there are folks out there who could do this so much better than I can!

Anyway, because of our focus on the annual cleaning and maintenance, it would be easy to think that's our major expense for the year. And it is a major expense - but not the only one.

I suspect that everyone who watches our primary cams has already given all they can right now to make sure we can do as much as possible to get the cams running smoothly before the eagles return (if not - there's still time! Smile ).

But this isn't just a place to watch and report on four eagle nests - it's so much more! Here are images from a sampling of our hundreds of other threads (this clicks bigger):

How many nests/habitats do you recognize? (I'll post a list - and credits for the wonderful images! - in a couple of days.) We're watching penguins in Antarctica, albatrosses in Hawaii, eagles, osprey, pandas, falcons and more - not to mention having some spectacular pictures taken by our members of the wildlife in their own neighborhoods and back yards. And let's not forget our less formal areas, the Garden Fence Chat, Creative Inspiration, the Games Room and more.

We have over 600,000 posts here - and I'm guessing over a million attached images

For better or worse, there is a cost for all of that. I haven't seen a recent breakdown of the expenses, but last I knew, the basic systems costs - the servers that host our forum and website and the media gallery, the internet connections that link them to us and the world, and the technical support to keep it all running - were more than the $20,000 per year needed in order to do maintenance on all our current cams.

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