Since the Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival is right in my backyard so to speak, I took time away from the computer to ride my Goldwing up Highway 7 to Kilby, on the Harrison River, for the celebrations on Saturday the 19th.
I knew David Hancock would be there at 10AM, but not what for. I was pleased to find that it was to speak at and witness the release of a young Eagle that had been rehabilitated by OWL (Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society.) There was some confusion over whether it was a male or female, however I'm sure I heard the handler refer to it as a male.
The day was perfect and a crowd of supporters and other interested people gathered near the end of Harrison Bay, about 100 yards from Kilby store.
This year is the 10th anniversary of the festival
A good sized crowd had gathered to watch the release, including a first nations group who celebrated the release with song and prayer.
The eagle came originally from Vancouver Island through the MARS (Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society Because they don't have a "flight cage" like the one at OWL, the eagle was transferred to OWL about 3 months ago where it has been exercising prior to its release today.
Hancock Wildlife Foundation