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Historic Review of North American Bald Eagle Gatherings and Numbers

Background of Counts:  In most northwest geographical areas the largest gatherings of bald eagles are associated with spawning salmon, oolachin and herring spawns and a few tidal bores, where fish are sometimes so disturbed by the fast turbulent waters that several thousand eagles occasionally gather to feast on the unorganized fish.  Over the years, due to changing river conditions and also due to public awareness, different areas can legitimately claim the seasonal, local or regional title for having the most eagles.

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The Bald Eagle Our Great Conservation Success Story.

Bald Eagle Biology

Bald Eagles are iconic.  They are big spectacular predators but prefer to be pirates and scavengers.  They are very territorial but gather by the thousands to share in and squabble over temporary and annual food surpluses like the spawned out salmon carcasses.  The bald eagle is the symbol of wildness but it has invaded our city parks and suburban areas where they can reproduce more successfully than in the wilderness.   The Bald Eagle is the American National Symbol – but most bald eagles live in and pass through Canada.  But we Canadians like to share so we invite you all to come to the World’s Greatest Bald Eagle Gathering Site – the Fraser River Bald Eagle Festival at Harrison Mills, British Columbia this fall.  Thousands of eagles will be here -- Will you? 

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

Bald Eagle Biology

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 7,362 bald eagles were counted in a small section of this area.  Over 10,000 were estimated to be in the normal Festival count area from Harrison Bay northward along the Harrison River to the Chehalis Flats.  This incredible world record aggregation of a large predator is an annual event.

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Third Juvenile (Intruder) at White Rock Nest

Bald Eagle Biology

Hi All:

Some thoughts on the new bird at and being fed by dad at White Rock.

I have been told, though not yet seen the video, that a third chick of the year has not just appeared on the White Rock nest but that Dad actually, after some hesitation, actually fed the new arrival.  Unusual I suspect and quite wonderful to have this recorded.

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Chehalis -- Harrison River Eagles & Tours -- Media Offer

Bald Eagle Biology


Notice to the Media:   (also good planning guidelines for the public to book their tours) 

Hi Media;   Photographers / Videographers  -- TV, Radio, Magazines etc. 

We want to promote our incredible bald eagles of the Chehalis -- Harrison Rivers complex, where in the winter of 2010 we had over 7000 bald eagles congregate to feast on the 5 spawning salmon species, and the fact that the Metro Vancouver -- Fraser Valley BC area, with over 360 pairs of nesting bald eagles, is the Bald Eagle Metropolis of the World. 

We are offering the media this complimentary trip up the Harrison River on the Fraser River Safari Tour's beautiful covered tour boat on the basis you will honour the eagles and the joint efforts of the Fraser River Safari Tours and the Hancock Wildlife Foundation in any of your productions.  We further appreciate having copies of any photos or videos to mount on the Hancock Wildlife Foundation & Fraser River Safari Tour web sites.  We will of course give you credits for this -- and we wish to encourage you to post any personal stories you might contribute.  Copies should be sent to our two emails below. You must have a reservation. 

For the 3rd  weekend of November each year we also jointly promote the Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival:   




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