Expanded Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival – Season of the Eagle & Salmon -- a must to attend for 2014!!

Sunday, September 14 2014 @ 08:40 PM EDT

Contributed by: davidh

Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival Schedule of Events  ---  2014

Eagle Release and preliminary schedule.

• November 12, 2014
Official ‘eagle release’ at Pretty Estates Resort 

Season of the Eagles Festivals:

The season will be marked by THREE weekends of festivities, lectures and displays.

• Weekend #1 November 15 -16     19th Annual Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival (FVBEF)

David Hancock will provide lectures on the Wondrous Bald Eagle Recovery at Harrison Mills, the Bald Eagle Capital of the World, at the Tapadera Estates viewing site and act as a guide on numerous Fraser River Safari Eagle Tours through November and December.  Other speakers will give presentations each weekend on other natural history topics. The FVBEF will host displays and various open houses at different locations on this first weekend – see:  www.fvbef.ca for schedule of events.

• Weekend #2 November 22 - 23   Second Annual Sts'ailes – Harrison Salmon Stronghold Salmon Festival at Pretty Estates Resort.

This day-long event will celebrate the Sts’ailes’ commitment to the salmon, their cultural ties through dancing, art,  stories, carving and weaving demonstrations, a traditional salmon barbecue, and guided tours of the river, revealing their cultural ties to the Harrison region. The Chehalis Fish will also have exhibits.  Sunday, Nov. 23, will be devoted to salmon and eagle viewing and viewing the Photographic Contest winners along with lectures – all at the Pretty Estates.

About the Sts’ailes

The Sts'ailes People have their ancestral home just upstream, another mile north along Morris Valley Road from the Harrison Mills eagle viewing areas. This area has been their continuous home for thousands of years and they have supported not just the Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival, the formation of the new Chehalis Flats Bald Eagle and Salmon Preserve, but are the key initiators of the Harrison River Salmon Stronghold. The Sts'ailes are "The Salmon People".

The Harrison River Salmon Stronghold, is Canada's first Salmon Stronghold, and is a new designation by international conservation organizations to acknowledge that this river system is one of Canada's most important salmon rivers -- and ecologically the foundation for supporting the world's largest gathering of bald eagles and a major host to waterfowl and sturgeon – as well as all 7 species of salmon.

About Pretty Estates Resort (home to Sandpiper Golf Course, Rowena’s Inn, and River’s Edge Restaurant)

Pretty Estates Resort offers front row seats to world-class eagle viewing situated on the banks of the Harrison River at the Home of the World’s Largest Gathering of Bald Eagles.  A new Bald Eagle & Salmon Observation Platform, complete with telescopes, was just built.  Live eagle viewing cameras are also installed on site and can be viewed live or on a large screen at Pretty Estates:  archive.hancockwildlife.org .  Also on display are the local First Nations carvers, the Sts’ailes, who also occupied this site for over 6400 years.

Restaurants ­ The River’s Edge Restaurant is located right on site and other fine foods are available throughout the season at the nearby Kilby Historic Museum and Cafe or the Sasquatch Inn Pub or in nearby Mission or Agassiz . 

• Weekend #3 November  29 - 30      Fundraising Barbecue and Photo Exhibit at Pretty Estates.   New this year.
Bald Eagle Viewing and Salmon Spawning will be featured from the Pretty Estates Bald Eagle Observatory and the adjacent Elbo Creek.  Also view the eagles at Kilby Historic Site ;

Two major new events will take place this 3rd weekend:

a)   Fundraising Dinner :   at Pretty Estates to provide funding, as will each event of the Season of the Eagle & Salmon, to support the building of the Sasquatch Crossing Bald Eagle Café -- an interpretative center and place were eagle viewing will be supplemented by extra salmon carcasses being placed out for the eagles over a longer season.   Guest speakers, prizes etc. will be announced.  See details:  www.fvbef.ca

Background on Sasquatch Crossing Bald Eagle Café:    This site, accessed through the Sasquatch Crossing Eco Lodge on the Chehalis River, will include a viewing hut-interpretative center where schools, the public and photographers can view eagles. There will be nature trails with labeled vegetation & First Nations uses, etc.  Live streaming cams will bring this event to world attention and we hope be used in many classrooms.  It is also a key location of a beaver dam and salmon spawning site, in addition to being at the heart of the world’s largest gathering of bald eagles.. 

b)  Photo Contest:     Last year Christian Sasse presented a fine photo collection of his eagle images at the Pretty Estates. This year we have expanded the photographic content with Chung Ai Photographic Society, www.chungai.ca , Canada’s oldest and largest photographic society, putting on an international exhibit.  As this contest grows the previous seasons' world class photo winners will be presented and sold as a fundraiser for area projects.  Christian Sasse will have more images this year along with other featured local nature photographers' works. 

Watch the www.fvbef.ca site for all details of activities this weekend and others.

Bald Eagle Viewing Tours with Fraser River Safari Tours are available each of the 3 weekends and occasional mid-week tours are possible through the fall and winter.  Book early to insure seats.   http://fraserriversafari.com

David Hancock HWF

Hancock Wildlife Foundation