Monday, November 12 2012 @ 01:22 AM EST
Contributed by: davidh
We have stated for years that the winter gathering of bald eagles at Harrison Mills, the Chehalis Flats, is the world's best kept conservation secret. Possibly the secret is out of the bag! Perhaps we Canadians with our fellow US visitors are in danger of loving the eagles to death.
This coming weekend, November 17th - 18th, will be our 17th annual Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival and we have been striving to use these eagles to promote the wise use of these incredible Chehalis - Harrison waterways and their incredible wildlife. This site is on the doorstep and vulnerable to the largest human population concentration in British Columbia -- Greater Vancouver metropolis. Obviously our message is getting out -- but we (I) have only heard a few negatives. Now with our Live Streaming Video Cams coming in from daylight to dark each day we are beginning to see what some observers have been warning about. The Chehalis - Harrison flats, where the eagles feed and loaf, while surrounded by steep forests beyond the busy boat and fisherman traffic of the Harrison River running down the east side of the valley and the heavily human occupied subdivisions of the east side of the valley, seemed isolated and protected by the shallow waters of the large alluvial gravel outflow out on the flats itself. But now with our cams recording what is taking place on the flats it is obvious that the eagles are suffering greatly from recreational human activities.