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2018 Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival

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“The Great Gathering
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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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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.


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

Posted: November 24, 2018 8:45 pm

Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival: 2018, Nov. 17, 18

Our 23rd Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival was both bathed in sunshine and eagles. We had 3277 and 3301 eagles on the two days respectively. We also had record numbers of people. The totals are yet to come in, but all sites were a bit overwhelmed. I don’t think Harrison Mill has seen this many people since the Gold Rush days. We did have a little problem of some overzealous photographers pushing past the signs “Please Keep off the Flats – Give the Eagles a Break” and that of course pushed the hungry eagles away from the fish and the awaiting public. We need to enforce ‘ecological politeness’! But what a day. I personally have not seen this many eagles this early in the year. This may well forecast another record number of eagles as the winter presses on and more eagles arrive from the frozen north.

Thanks to all the Volunteers who made this happen, the sponsors who helped keep one of the biological wonders of the world free to the public, and finally thanks to the wonderful citizens of the Harrison Mills communities along the River who tolerated this incredible invasion of their neighborhoods by eagle supporters. Also, thanks to all the media and nature organizations who spread the word – it worked. I heard from so many people from throughout the valley and an armada from Washington State, at least a dozen from California and a couple who specifically just came for the Festival from Ohio – they had been following our Web Cams for years and this was their year to make the ‘pilgrimage’!

This note will get posted on the Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival and Hancock Wildlife Foundation sites and we invite you to send David your best images/videos and comments to [email protected] to be shared by the the public.

Additional readings:

2018 Report – Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival
HWF: Project Reports to AGM Nov. 22, 2018
FVBE Festival Photo Request

Thanks,
David Hancock
Jo Anne Chadwick

http://fraservalleybaldeaglefestival.ca/ https://hancockwildlife.org/

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Post by davidh » Tue Nov 13, 2018 9:10 pm

Hancock here - bald eagle migration – in view!

Sunday Nov 11 - a hallowed day of remembrance. While my thoughts very frequently went to the generation who suffered so much more than I, I took the beautiful sunny day to visit the Harrison River. But damn – I have lived 80 years and never had to go to war because of them – their sacrifice has made my life wonderful – I have got to play with eagles because of those who made such a sacrifice. Thank you so much.

So, there I am standing on the river bank of the Harrison looking across the flats. I had just noted, in a small arc of about 12 degrees, 505 eagles – not as many as I expected sitting on the flats but perhaps the 10 fishermen walking the stream banks were contributing - and another 1000 or so sat in the trees on the far side of the river. Then, quite unexpectedly, to the north about 2 kilometers, I saw 3, then 7, then what quickly became about 50 eagles circling over a ridge. The circling group was added to as I watched as more eagles emerged from behind the mountain. In less than 5 more minutes another group was assembling, circling overhead and drifting as a circling unit eastward and overhead continuing southward. Ten minutes later this was repeated. Another 50+ eagles passed over some 25 telescopic lenses “pointed in wonderment at what we were all witnessing” - though perhaps not all the viewers gave this the same perspective! In another 15 minutes this was repeated.

I have for years made periodic counts of eagles at the Harrison. Usually by late November or into December I might see 2000 to 5000 eagles in the 3-kilometer (2 mile) section of the Chehalis Flats, an intrusion into the Harrison River Valley, and be reminded that Beautiful Natural British Columbia has again lived up to its promotional slogan. Seldom have I been privileged to see how the area can go in one week from 2000 eagles to 10,000 eagles. I have often stated that the area receives 100 to 500 eagles a day – an astonishing concept but one I only concluded from counts but had not witnessed. Today I actually saw this happening.

I know from my counts that the eagle count can incredibly vary from morning to noon – sometimes by several thousand, let alone from day to day. But counts are simply counts, they represent the number of eagles I have seen sitting on the flats in front of me, counted one by one or by two’s. Today I saw the making of a count - I saw the eagles arriving from along the mountain ridge to the north, a whole continuous circling mass of eagles arriving, passing down the valley and then followed by another and another group of eagles. Eagles do arrive! The obvious became obvious, the obvious was a functional gyrating mass of eagles - the explanation of how I could go from a 1000 eagle count at 0800 AM to 3000 two days later.

I had witnessed in 2010 how one morning I had about 3600 eagles on the flats and adjacent trees at about 1000 AM but after a few hunter shots on the flats, the entire feeding and resting mass of eagles, those sitting on the flats and many perched on the surrounding trees, simply, I am sure stimulated by the gun shots but perhaps more importantly by the light wind blowing up-slope on the 3 adjacent hills, they took to soaring effortlessly. These columns of gyrating eagles, never flapping a wing, then drifted in 3 different directions - all momentarily leaving the Harrison Valley. My count of over 3000 eagles went to 112 in minutes.

Today I saw how they returned the same way. Perhaps this time, at the beginning of the migration, from northern rivers frozen up and the birds now in search of a new buffet – the “snow-bird capital of the world.” The Harrison – Chehalis Flats is that wonderful southern table setting, the only Canadian river where not only do all salmon species spawn but do so in such perfect timing when all the northern rivers are freezing up, sealing their food under ice. The eagles have to move south – and the Harrison has set the table.

Please come and enjoy our Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival – November 17 and 18 - but note that the eagles will be increasing through December and lingering in our valley through January and February until their northern rivers thaw in spring and they can breed across the Yukon, Northwest Territories, Alaska and northern British Columbia. You can now follow some of these northern eagles as they reveal their travels on our gps tracked eagles: https://hancockwildlife.org Fraser Valley eagles have also taken up residence at their nesting sites - you can also follow these pairs on our live streaming site, now defending their nests, then laying their eggs in February, hatching their eggs in April and fledging their young in July.

David Hancock,
Hancock Wildlife Foundation.
Nov. 11, 2018

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Post by mmud » Sun Nov 18, 2018 8:51 pm

A few pics from the FVBEF on Saturday. Most of the eagles were on the other side of the river but some were a little closer.
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A fish flopped near this one but it didn't bother trying to catch it.
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Post by mmud » Sun Nov 18, 2018 9:00 pm

David on the Fraser River Safari boat in the background.
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Rob with Sonsie at O.W.L.'s table at Tapadera Estates.
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The weather was great, the eagles could have been a little closer but at least they were there, and David's talk was great as always so it was an excellent day.
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Post by Marg » Mon Nov 19, 2018 7:16 am

It was good to see you Scott!
I took a video but it was extremely windy on the observation platform at Sandpiper Golf Course so is quite shaky! These were off in the distance.

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https://youtu.be/8X2kNtwToTI

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Driving to the FVBEF taken through the car window.
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Post by Marg » Mon Nov 19, 2018 10:07 am

I'm afraid that I need to reduce the size of my pictures as the forum says they are too large! I could not post them.....


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Post by Woodlands Bleu » Mon Nov 19, 2018 5:08 pm

I posted here my thanks for the pictures, but it is gone, I think? At any rate, thank you! I love visiting by computer when I cannot be there......
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Post by Jean » Mon Nov 19, 2018 6:56 pm

6:55pm..............Thank you Scott and Marg for those pictures..........here are a few more ............


First one is an eagle with no left eye........seen on 2 days close to shore in the trees......nice and safe with lots of spawning salmon below it for easy pickings.
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6:57pm.................More of the festival.
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6:57pm........And almost the last of the photos...........
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6:58pm.........The last one...........The lighting was perfect.
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Post by IrishEyes » Tue Nov 20, 2018 7:06 am

Thanks for the wonderful pictures Scott, Marg and Jean...... great catch of the eagle with no left eye Jean,. :thumlft:

Gosh !
I would love to see all those eagles in person ! :)
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Post by gemini » Tue Nov 20, 2018 9:56 pm

A few pictures of some of the attendees: (Click 2X for bigger)


Betty Anne, Rob, Joanna, Liron,
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Jean, Kit, Doug, Yolande, Terri, Darlene
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Post by gemini » Tue Nov 20, 2018 10:06 pm

And last but not least, our hard working members at the HWF display table!

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Post by Marg » Wed Nov 21, 2018 8:23 am

Great pictures Scott, Jean and Sharon!
IrishEyes, Bev I hope that you can get out here to see your Harrison eagles. :rh:
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Post by sassyk » Wed Nov 21, 2018 8:43 am

Love all of your photos posted here :thumlft: I haven't been to the festival yet but hoping to get there next year :luck: Looks like everyone had a good time.
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Post by IrishEyes » Wed Nov 21, 2018 10:45 am

Marg wrote:
Wed Nov 21, 2018 8:23 am
Great pictures Scott, Jean and Sharon!
IrishEyes, Bev I hope that you can get out here to see your Harrison eagles. :rh:
Thanks to all the volunteers for their hard work!
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Great pictures Sharon ~ and thanks Marg........ that would be a dream come true :rh: :hug:

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Post by Yolande » Thu Nov 22, 2018 10:02 am

Hi everyone and many thanks, Jean, Scott, and Sharon for your wonderful pictures!!

I have just a few ..
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Terri, Kit and Jean [Terri and Kit are from the Redding,CA nest, and Jean from the Delta2 nest]
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David wearing his wonderful eagle jacket...
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Here are a few more..
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Jo-Anne [FVBEF organizer] and Liam of Fraser River Safari
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Our Fraser River Safari tour boat
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Eagles feeding by the bridge on the way to Kilby
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Post by Yolande » Thu Nov 22, 2018 10:16 am

Almost done!
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Eagles in a tree to the left of the lone tree on the 10th hole
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The Harrison Mills female flying from the nest tree to the shore. [She has been named Dimple by Betty-Anne] :)
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Post by IrishEyes » Thu Nov 22, 2018 10:53 am

I edited my post... Thanks Yolande for all the lovely pictures ..
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Post by davidh » Fri Nov 23, 2018 12:15 am

Hancock here: 2018 Report - Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival

(David Hancock Report to FVBEF, HWF and anyone ‘listening or reading’!)

2018 was a record for early numbers of eagles on the Harrison-Chehalis Flats - about 3227 on Saturday and 3300+ on Sunday – and an even bigger record for the number of visitors. I suspect we had well over 5000 people on the two days. More people passed through Harrison Mills this past weekend than during any weekend at the height of the Gold Rush. A few canoes, no paddle-wheelers, but miles and miles of cars - total chaos.

Our FVBE Festival Group does hold a post-festival meeting every year to discuss what went well and what could be done better, and this note will be my contribution to our agenda. The big variables, the ones we have literally no control over but that we have to attempt to give explanations on so the public, participants and sponsors, have some understanding, of the impacts of weather and then of course the availability of salmon carcasses on the riverbanks. This year it was the perfect 'good' storm. Each day, starting with Friday Nov. 16 and through the weekend, the weather held dry and sunny and the Harrison River dropped about 14 inches each day, exposing more bars and banks and salmon carcasses for the eagles. It was a wonderful weekend for all.

BACKGROUND: Our FVBEF committee has a wonderful all-volunteer organization that is both experienced and functions very well. What happened this year was (i) perfect weather, (ii) near perfect - at least good - water conditions & quantity of available fish carcasses, and (iii) a reasonably good outreach to media and associated conservation organizations = our PR. The result was record numbers of eagles and viewers – perhaps more viewers than we had been prepared to handle.

Here is my list of: The Good and the Improvable


So, the record numbers of viewers are good, and the eagle population numbers are holding is also wonderful, but here are some thoughts on where we ‘need improving’!

1. CROWD CONTROL

A personal experience: Saturday produced some valid public criticism. We had too many visitors for the number of services we were offering. Some photographers, “The advance Bazooka Force,” the Nikon-Cannon Howitzer Brigade and their forward rushing 400 to 800 mm Division, drove every eagle off the viewing flats within minutes. Yes, we had a number of volunteers and helpers parking cars etc. but only a few “Keep Off the Flats Signs” bordering the Flats – and no authoritative figures draped in ‘Orange’ were keeping the impolite bullies off the flats and preventing them from driving the eagles to the far trees where few viewers could appreciate them.

Historical Note: The Harrison Rangers

About 10 years ago Tom Cadieux and I set up a group of Volunteer Rangers, we had a couple of pre-festival meetings with them to outline the key eagle biology but more importantly define acceptable shoreline etiquette for viewers and particularly for photographers – and we issued the Rangers “Authoritative Orange Vests.” This being Canada, none were allowed to carry guns on their hips. This worked incredibly well for about two seasons and then I think our ‘major-domo’, the coordinator, moved away and without a coalescing force the Rangers dissolved. Boy did we need them this weekend. Tom, where are you? We need to do this again!

Then, at our HWF Saturday Night dinner our group discussed the ‘bad etiquette displayed by so many’ and we evolved a new “Harrison Guard Dog Brigade.” Initially we only enlisted a Pit Bull and a Russian Wolfhound - but they absolutely changed the attitude along the river on Sunday. The shorter Pit Bull kept rude intruders behind the tapes, the long-legged coursing Wolfhound ran down those who had circumvented the barriers farther down river. Then barely out of their cages, these two were joined by an elegant little scoundrel - a feisty Harrison Terrier - a local breed that proved to have both bark and bite. It is obvious, the old Harrison Rangers has evolved into the new Harrison Hound & Ranger Patrol. Of course, they were dressed in salmon orange vests! Some have suggested they wear ‘eagle talons’ but that may be a bit much.

By Sunday the Pit-bull, Russian Wolfhound and the Harrison Terrier had the shoreline under control all around the Sandpiper Observatory. The eagles came in to feed and stayed and the public kept back and had a show of a lifetime – all day long. Exquisite.

Note to FVBEF:

(a) We definitely need a Lead Keeper to coordinate the Harrison Hound & Ranger Patrol.

(b) Can we solicit additional support from FLNR/WMA, CWS, and Local Governments for education of the public and for posting concerns around the Reserve??

Thoughts for WMA Management:

Public Educational Outreach: Developing “Access Etiquette”!

The Harrison WMA has been largely established to offer protection of an incredibly valuable resource from industrial and human misuse. Today we are in need of some extra help in saving this area from being loved to death by photographers, kayakers, dog walkers, and just plain uncaring or uninformed individuals, including fishermen and hunters. So, what can be done? It appears we had a better public outreach when we had the Community-based Chehalis Flats Salmon & Bald Eagle Reserve - without illegal notices. The legal entities now need to step forward to develop some Reserve Etiquette Plans. Let’s meet.

Actions and reactions, opportunities and responsibilities evolve.

It is hard to begin a simple discussion of a resource like the Harrison without noting the historic nature of this concern. Part of the land I treaded this weekend while viewing eagles and salmon had been walked and lived on continuously minimally for at least 10,600 years. That means that many people had tried to preserve, fought on and fished and played on these lands “successfully” for over 10,550 years. The Sts’ailes, the new communities along the river, the many businesses dependent upon these waters and the multitude of organizations who have grown up to insure their very continuance will not accept that we supervise the end of this wondrous creation. So, what is the solution?

However, now we need further support of the Federal government who acknowledged parts of this area as an ‘Important Bird Area’, the Provincial government who extended support for an area now designated a ‘Wildlife Management Area’ and all the local Governments and NGOs who daily interact in this valley need to ‘up their game.’ Super Natural British Columbia only remains so when we respect it.

I propose we have a meeting to set up some discussions on “Access Etiquette.”

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2. VIEWING & EXHIBITION SITES - A REVIEW

I am hardly the one to comment on these as I barely have time on the days of the Festival to do any in depth examination. However, some personal thoughts on the 4 sites I visit – starting in the north.

A. Tapadera: This is not just a wonderful viewing site for the entire north part of the Chehalis Flats but where OWL and Sonsie reside to constantly charm visitors seeing a wonderfully tame bald eagle up so close. This is a private recreation community that gives up an entire weekend to eagle-lovers, turns over their wonderful Recreation Hall for our lectures, and provides a hot fire and even hotter dogs to hungry viewers. I can only think of one improvement - more thanks and acknowledgement to them.

B. Sandpiper Golf Course: The Home of the World’s Biggest & Best Bald Eagle Viewing Site but also from where you can see more eagles than any place in the world. Totally awesome. Here is also the home of our HWF Live Streaming CAM - the Harrison Mills Bald Eagle Nest – followed from around the world during the breeding season and this weekend visited by many international guests. My suggestions are that we need to get them better “River-side Protection” - more members of our Harrison Hound & Ranger Patrol to protect their shores from irresponsible photographers. And seek some additional port-o-potties. The break in tradition of ‘paid parking’ only seemed to cause more chaos on Morris Valley Road.

C. Kilby - Harrison Mills Hall: our Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival Headquarters & Display Site: This is wonderfully central but a ‘bit small’ when we get the numbers we had this year. Suggestion: please KILBY build a 300-seat hall with appropriate parking? A highlight of the site that I got to partake in was the “absolutely marvelous" fried bannock at the First Nations Mobile Truck - totally jammy! The hall’s small size means we had to restrict our displays to NGO’s sadly eliminating related commercial outreach - though Kilby Museum & Café wonderfully covered this.

D. Kilby Museum & Café: Today eagles are the gold of Kilby. I certainly have enjoyed many hours checking out the incredible history of early BC in the Kilby Museum when it was the jumping off place for going to the Gold Rush towns of the Caribou during the 1864+ - Kilby is still a ‘must see’ site at the junction of the Fraser and the Harrison - now as home of the world’s largest gathering of bald eagles - and wonderful stew, home-made apple pie etc. - or where you can buy a wonderful selection of Hancock House historical titles! Kilby is also the jumping off site for the incredible Fraser River Safari Tours - probably the best way to see 3000 or more eagles in an hour’s picturesque ride.

E. Other sites: I want others to add their own comments - on other sites and on the sites I have visited and had some in-put. I state the above to stimulate discussion.

David Hancock
Hancock Wildlife Foundation
Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival Committee

(For more details on this incredibly unique area see: The Harrison-Chehalis Wildlife Management Area, the Harrison Salmon Stronghold, the Chehalis Important Bird Area and the Fraser River Bald Eagle Festival or the live streaming eagle & salmon cams of the Hancock Wildlife Foundation.)

PR Questions: Anyone can call me at: David Hancock: 604-761-1025

1. Where does 2018 fit into the big picture of eagles? Are they increasing or decreasing?

2. Can Canada's most productive salmon river and the world's largest gathering of bald eagles be both preserved and be effectively utilized by fishermen and naturalists?

3. Can more taped off areas and our Pit Bull Brigade keep the Chehalis Eagles Safe?

4. How is the health of our rivers, our salmon, eagles and orcas related?

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