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2018 Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival

Post by gemini » Sun Sep 02, 2018 1:16 am

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“The Great Gathering
Of Eagles”


Fraser Valley, B.C. Nov 17/18, 2018

The Harrison River – Chehalis Flats hosts the world’s largest annual gathering of bald eagles – likely up to 35,000 of them pass through this area each fall and during later November and throughout December it is likely to find 4,000 to 10,000 along the Harrison shoreline in a 3 km section.

These eagles are here for one reason -- to continue their 6-month feast on spawned-out salmon that started in the Yukon, Alaska and northern British Columbia rivers in late June and July. Then as the fish carcasses diminish, either being eaten out, washed out to deep water or finally frozen from the ice of winter, these eagles move southward where very conveniently the salmon spawn later.

The Annual Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival is a two-day free family event that is designed to honour this natural phenomenon while edu-taining the visitors about nature and the environment.

The festival organizes viewing sites on both land and water with expert interpreters ready to answer questions and share local information. There is an indoor exhibitor’s hall full of nature and educational display, nature walks, keynote speakers, and various other exciting nature-inspired activities in the festival region that begins in Mission and stretches to Harrison Mills.

For the most up to date information about the Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival www.fvbef.ca or contact Jo-Anne Chadwick, Festival Coordinator at (604) 826-6914.
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Exhibitors Wanted
The Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival was created to educate the public while sparking an interest in nature, the environment, and if lucky a untapped enthusiasm for the ecosystem.

The indoor Exhibitor’s Hall at Harrison Mills is set up to showcase like-minded organizations and we invite exhibitors to join us for the weekend and assist the FVBEF Society in our mission. There is no charge for Non-profit organizations to become a part of the event. Simply register and bring your set up on the festival weekend. REGISTRATION LINK

Volunteers Needed
The FVBEF Society consists of a handful of dedicated volunteers that have a shared passion for nature and the area. The festival committee meets about 12 times a year and together plan and shape the annual 2-day event. As with many not-for-profit organizations, the group is simply not able to function without them. The Society currently has a couple of vacancies within the planning group and would welcome new faces around the table. If you are interested in joining the fun, please contact Jo-Anne (Festival Chair) [email protected]

A second volunteer opportunity exists around the actual weekend of the event. The following volunteer roles are available:

The “Ask Me” Local Ambassadors – Boots on the ground positions at various sites to help answer questions and suggest activities and locations to visit. Training can be provided.

Harrison Mills Hall Volunteers – The hall needs people to help set up on Friday afternoon as well as take down on Sunday. Also, volunteers are required to answer questions and monitor the official “Festival Table”

If you are interested in possibly volunteering on the Festival weekend (Nov 16/17/18) please contact Liisa at [email protected]
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Re: 2018 Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival

Post by davidh » Tue Oct 23, 2018 10:54 pm

Hancock here: Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival - coming soon – but only here!!

Mark November 17 and 18 for the eagles – the Harrison – Chehalis Eagles. This is our annual Eagle Festival and this year the north is definitely starting to freeze up early - this should drive the eagles south in big numbers. Also this year there will be another newcomer to the Harrison - Jo & Rob have sold the Fraser River Safari Tours and a new chap, Liam Sullivan, has purchased it. I met him a week ago and he has been brought up in the area and loves it as much as the rest of us keeners.

I spoke with him yesterday and he passed the Harrison the day before and thought that there might already be a couple of hundred eagles on the flats - that is a lot for so early but all our resident eagles are back guarding their territories. Those who already watch the cams know that our new South Surrey Reserve cam, the two new CAMS sponsored by the Dawson & Sawyer developers, already has had the two adults checking it out. We can hope.

If you are going to get out on the river this season book early with Liam. I will be aboard as guide if enough people request it.

Contact: Liam Sullivan - 604-348-6877 - [email protected]; https://www.fraserriversafari.com/

So below are two reminders of the Festival. If any of you can re-direct the PR announcement around to others or for that matter point people to the little video of a previous year's eagle release - please do so.

This PR Release will be going out to 75+ northwest media. Please spread it around!


World Record Number of Bald Eagles: at Harrison Mills, BC Oct 22, 2018

2018 is expected to be a year when the bald eagles congregate in extra large numbers on the Chehalis – Harrison Flats.

The Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival at Harrison Mills at the confluence of the Chehalis and Harrison Rivers has become the most famous and reliable place to see bald eagles in the entire world. In December of 2010, 7362 bald eagles were counted in a 4 k section of this area. Over 10,000 were estimated to be in the annual Festival count area from Harrison Bay northward along the Harrison River to the Chehalis Flats. Now annually 10,000 to 15,000 eagles visit the Harrison.

The eagles start to move into our area as soon as the dead salmon carcasses begin to appear in October. The Bald Eagle Festival during the third weekend of November matches the buildup which peaks in December and wanes, as the salmon carcasses are eaten out, through January and February. What really drives the eagles to our area is the freezing up of the northern rivers – the eagles can’t get at the dead salmon under the ice. Southward the eagles come by the thousands and our incredibly productive Chehalis – Harrison River complex provides food for thousands of eagles, usually for months. It is estimated over 35,000 eagle’s winter in the lower Fraser Valley each winter.

Other adult eagles return to be closer to their breeding territories in southern BC and Washington State. Over 480 nesting pairs have been located of the more than 600 pairs believed to nest in the lower Fraser Valley. So, this tiny urban-suburban region of Southern British Columbia hosts not just the highest breeding density but also the largest wintering population of bald eagles.

Our Festival coincides with the arrival of the big eagle migration. From the three major viewing sites along Morris Valley Road, north off Highway 7 at the Sasquatch Inn, Tapadera Camp site, Eagle Point Observatory Park and the Sandpiper Golf Course which houses a spectacular Bald Eagle Observatory, the eagles can be viewed by the public. Starting about this same time the Fraser River Safari Tours offers frequent tours up the Harrison River from Kilby that enable viewers to see the great concentrations from closer-up and to visit the bigger eagle concentration areas not visible from the western shoreline points.

So many people still have not seen an eagle – yet during our fall salmon runs it is possible to frequently see several thousand in a single day and from a single location. We encourage you to attend the Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival, see the Sts'ailes First Nations dancers and crafts, view our eagles, attend lectures on local wildlife and view all the related booths at the Festival outreach centers. When you fall in love with our eagles you will be on the path to wanting to develop a sustainable world.

David Hancock, Wildlife Biologist
Hancock Wildlife Foundation/Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival.


:vid: Bald Eagle Release, Harrison Mills, BC, 11 16 16

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Re: 2018 Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival

Post by davidh » Thu Nov 08, 2018 1:56 pm

World Record Number of Bald Eagles: Due at Harrison Mills, BC for Festival

2018 is expected to be year when the bald eagles congregate in extra large numbers on the Chehalis – Harrison Flats. So far the criteria are gathering for the perfect storm - a lot of eagles gathering to feast on our spawned out salmon.

The Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival at Harrison Mills at the confluence of the Chehalis and Harrison Rivers has become the most famous and reliable place to see bald eagles in the entire world. In December of 2010, 7362 bald eagles were counted in a 4 km section of this area. Over 10,000 were estimated to be in the annual Festival count area from Harrison Bay northward along the Harrison River to the Chehalis Flats. Now annually 10,000 to 15,000 eagles visit the Harrison. And all this is viewed free of charge.

The eagles start to move into our area as soon as the dead salmon carcasses begin to appear in October. The Bald Eagle Festival during the third weekend of November matches the buildup which peaks in December and wanes, as the salmon carcasses are eaten out, through January and February. What really drives the eagles to our area is the freezing up of the northern rivers – the eagles can’t get at the dead salmon under the ice. Southward the eagles come by the thousands and our incredibly productive Chehalis – Harrison River complex provides food for thousands of eagles, usually for months. It is estimated over 35,000 eagles winter in the lower Fraser Valley each winter - and most pass through the Harrison.

Other adult eagles return to be closer to their breeding territories in southern BC and Washington State. Over 480 nesting pairs have been located of the more than 600 pairs believed to nest in the lower Fraser Valley. So, this tiny urban-suburban region of Southern British Columbia hosts not just the highest breeding density but also the largest wintering population of bald eagles known.

Our Festival coincides with the arrival of the big eagle migration. From the three major viewing sites along Morris Valley Road, north off Highway 7 at the Sasquatch Inn, Tapadera Camp site, Eagle Point Observatory Park and the Sandpiper Golf Course which houses a spectacular rain-sheltered Bald Eagle Observatory, the eagles can be viewed by the public – free! Starting about this same time the Fraser River Safari Tours offers frequent tours up the Harrison River from Kilby that enable viewers to see the great concentrations from closer up - and to visit the bigger eagle concentration areas not visible from the western shoreline points. This covered boat tour has a cost so book it early.

So many people still have not seen an eagle – yet during our fall salmon runs it is possible to frequently see several thousand in a single day and from a single location. We encourage you to attend the Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival, see the Sts'ailes First Nations dancers and crafts, view our eagles, attend lectures on local wildlife and view all the related booths at the Festival outreach centers. When you fall in love with our eagles you will be on the path to wanting to develop a sustainable world.

David Hancock, Wildlife Biologist
Hancock Wildlife Foundation/Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival.

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1. On Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the Sandpiper Golf Course on the Harrison River, we will be releasing a bald eagle that has been rehabilitated at OWL and is now being given a second chance at life in the wild - this offers wonderful photo opportunities. The release is precisely at 1100 at the Sandpiper at the River’s edge. A number of schools will be on hand.

2. Anyone wishing additional info or an interview may call David Hancock, eagle biologist and a director of the Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival: 604-761-1025

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Re: 2018 Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival

Post by Darlene » Sat Nov 10, 2018 10:42 am

Hi everyone. I have made a reservation for the Sasquatch Inn Pub for us for 6:00 on Friday the 16th and Saturday the 17th! I told Bruce at the pub I would try to give him an accurate count over the next few days. Friday night they are doing prime rib! Can you please pm me to let me know if you will be joining us or let me know here! Thanks! Getting excited!
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Re: 2018 Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival

Post by Jean » Tue Nov 13, 2018 12:12 pm

12:11pm.........Thank you Darlene! You know I will be there! :D
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