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Record Number of Bald Eagles at the Chehalis -- Harrison Rivers -- again!

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011 has again set the record for the number of eagles visiting our lower mainland. Over 1285 Bald Eagles today were feasting on a record number of spawned out salmon carcasses along the Harrison River.  Eagle biologist David Hancock, of the Hancock Wildlife Foundation and the Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival, today found record numbers of eagles already accumulating on the local rivers due to our record number of locally spawning salmon and the lack of spawning salmon in the northern British Columbia and southeasterb Alaska rivers.

Last year in early December the lack of chum salmon up the entire coast drove eagles southward to find food.  A record number of just over 7300 bald eagles had accumulated at the mouth of the Chehalis -- and this is probably the largest number of eagles ever seen at one location anywhere in the world.  Hancock described this as a biological wonder equaling that of the Serengeti migrations at the local level.

This year we are having earlier record numbers of eagles appearing on the Harrison River complex.  This year's Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival -- this Saturday and Sunday -- at the Harrison will obviously have record numbers of eagles for the visitors to see.

The Harrison -- Chehalis Rivers has been defined by the US premier fisheries conservation society as Canada's most important fish river.  This system not only houses large quantities of all 5 salmon species, steelhead and two trout species but the alluvial fan flowing out of the surrounding mountains also provides incredible nutrients to support thousands of ducks, geese and swans.  This total wildlife concentration is an incredible richness for our local viewing audience.

At this time the Fisheries biologists report all five salmon are presently spawning -- including over 600,000 sockeye salmon and thousands of coho and chum salmon.  This is the highest number of sockeye ever recorded in the Harrison system.  The scavenging eagles, gulls, waterfowl and ancient sturgeons are feasting.  Please join us at the Festival this weekend.

The Festival details of viewing locations, First Nations events, boat tours and lectures etc. are available at:


PS:  For detailed interviews with biologist David Hancock call:  604-761-1025
For details on the Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival call: Toll free 1-866-348-6877

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Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival This Weekend

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Eagle scheduled to soar back into the wild

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Reminder:  Bald eagle will be released on Wednesday, Nov. 16

Sponsored by the Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival Nov 19-20, 2011  

Harrison Mills, BC November 2011 -- When humans hurt themselves they will most likely go to see a doctor. When bald eagles injure themselves they can only hope to end up in the care of Bev Day, founding director of O.W.L (Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society). At the O.W.L. centre in Delta injured or orphaned eagles and other birds are nursed back to health with the intention of returning them to the wild one day.

On Wednesday November 16, 2011, the Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival Society (FVBEFS) and O.W.L. will come together to release one such rehabilitated eagle. The release will occur in an area that is world renowned for supporting one of the largest gatherings of this particular raptor. The release will occur at 11 am at the Sandpiper Golf Resort, located at 14282 Morris Valley Road Harrison Mills

DAVID HANCOCK will be speaking at 2 p.m. on Sat. and Sun. Nov. 19 and 20 at Tapadera Estates in their clubhouse on Morris Valley Road, Harrison Mills, BC.

For more information on the upcoming festival go here:

Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival*

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VIEWING 7,300 Bald Eagles!!

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Can we top that this year?

Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival, November 19 & 20, 2011. 

The highlight will be not just the exhibits and ground observations of bald eagles but the Fraser River Safari tours which will be four times daily.  In addition to David Hancock's afternoon lecture both days at the Tapadera clubhouse, he will be the guest tour guide on the FRS on the first tour each day at 9:30 a.m. 

The boat is covered and heated so you won't get wet or cold.  It pulls right up to the "eagle trees" and the windows slide open for easy picutre taking.  Space is very limited as the boat only seats 22.






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HWF at the Fingerling Festival - Pt. Moody, BC

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Saturday, May 7, Hancock Wildlife Foundation and Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival were represented at the annual Fingerling Festival in Pt. Moody, BC.  In addition to David, Karen, Sharon and Larry, Richard came and did a live broadcast from there.  This was a real hit with the kids when they realized they were on camera.  You can view the event by clicking on the link above when it is posted.

David asked me to post a couple of my pictures here:


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