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Season of the Eagles and Salmon Video

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For those of you who have not yet seen the latest promotional video from Christian Sasse for this year's Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival, Nov. 15 and 16, here it is:


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Bald Eagle Viewing Sites at Harrison Mills

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Please honor the feeding & resting eagles by keeping off the Chehalis Flats Bald Eagle Preserve.  Harrison Mills, BC, and more specifically the alluvial fan of the Chehalis River as it runs into the Harrison River, is the home of the largest wintering population of bald eagles in the world. Annually from November thru December and sometimes into February, 1,000 to 10,000 eagles can be seen on the flats and along that section of the Harrison River valley. Harrison Mills is the world capital of wintering eagles and is only a 50 mile drive from Metro Vancouver, the Bald Eagle Nesting Capitol of the World.

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Vote for MARS

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Hancock here:   Our eagles need the support of the various rehabilitation centers around the world.  We thank them for their incredible devotion to our birds and all animal welfare. 
One of my all time favorite people, committed to conservation in general, is Maj Birch.  She has devotedly saved a great many birds from a cruel death.  Maj runs the Mountainaire Avian Rescue in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island, BC.  Like a lot of such facilities around the world they have run out of room and need a new facility. She has brilliantly organized her fundraising around an AVIVA competition.  AVIVA is an insurance company that has a public conscience and hosts competitions with enormous prizes for those that gain the most public support through a daily vote.

I have been voting for MARS each day and would recommend you do the same.

You can learn about MARS at:


P.S.   If you are on the Island in late February come to the MARS Bald Eagle Festival.  I will be there giving a talk.
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A British Columbia fisherman made the most unusual catch of his lifetime -- a bald eagle.

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CTV Staff
Published Monday, September 22, 2014 8:02PM EDT
Last Updated Monday, September 22, 2014 10:00PM EDT

Recreational fisherman Don Dunbar was fishing off the coast of Nanoose Bay on Vancouver Island on Sept. 7, when he spotted a bald eagle in distress swimming toward his boat.

Dunbar dropped his fishing lines and picked up his net to scoop the bird out of the water.

It's unknown how long the eagle was floating. When Dunbar picked it up onto his boat, the eagle was exhausted and its wings were drenched.

Read the rest of the story and view the amazing video here:

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Report on 2014 -- 2015 Season Repairs & Updates

The following nest tree cam cleaning and updates were undertaken for the 2014-2015 Season.  The annual services for each nest largely include the costs for cable connections, monthly server fees, day-to-day service costs when Ken, Ben or Mike have to spend time keeping the cams running and the replacement or upgrades of any encoders, servers, cams or components that happen during the year.  Then come our annual cleaning and upgrades as needed. The following defines these final year-end events.

Ken, Ben and Mike supervise our techy work.   I, David Hancock, arrange lifts or climbers as needed.
1.   White Rock  Sept 4-5:   We did a major effort with the WR nest  Last year we had installed a PTZ (pan/tilt/zoom) cam in the adjacent tree but it only ran about 2 weeks then simply quit.  This season we decided to invest in two new PTZs – one to replace the wide angle PTZ that had failed and the other to replace the fixed close-up cam that had quit in June.
Russ had supplied the regular climbing crew as the lift to get me up there can no longer get around the now landscaped grounds.   The first great surprise, as we were standing beside the new cam that had fallen 100 feet down the tree as the climber was pulling it up him, was not just that this new Vivotek was still running after this incredible fall, but there on the nest tree, 6 feet up from the ground, was the obvious answer why the fixed close-up cam had died!!  Here was the line coming down the tree but it had been hit, probably by a tractor blade and been severed.  Ken quickly spliced it and wonders of wonders it started streaming.  The second miracle of the day!!
After two days of frustration in attempting to get the PTZ cams level and functional the task was accomplished except that Brad had to go back a third day to tie down a loose strap and move the mic a bit higher.  So today we have a PTZ and a fixed cam in the nest tree, a PTZ and fixed wide angle cam in the adjacent tree and the third PTZ to the south of the nest tree that looks out over Boundary Bay.  So I suspect we now have the world's best camerized nest overlooking the best bald eagle habitat in the world.  Over the next couple of weeks Ken hopes to get all this up and running.  In situ are 3 PTZ and 2 fixed cams.
Note:  The PTZ we removed proved to be semi functional and we are about to send it back to the manufacturer for review.


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