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Bald eagles arriving in record numbers on Harrison River

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Festival organizers worry crowds may harass birds

By Larry Pynn, Vancouver Sun November 11, 2012

Record numbers of bald eagles on the Harrison River have attracted many affectionate onlookers, but organizers of the annual Fraser Valley Bald Eagle festival caution admirers not to get too close.

Photograph by: Handout, Handout

The Harrison River is on track to break its own world record for bald eagles — if the crush of humanity does not intervene.

With the annual Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival less than a week away, the raptors are arriving in unprecedented numbers, but so are hordes of bird watchers seeking a close-up look.

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Record number of eagles expected at Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival

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A record number of eagles are expected to be on hand for the Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival

Photograph by: Submitted, Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival

A record number of eagles are expected to be spotted during this year's edition of the Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival. More than 2,000 bald eagles have been seen near the Chehalis River at Harrison Mills and organizers hope an even greater number of birds will appear when the festival kicks off next week.

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Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival’s Main Event Weekend Approaching

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 The Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival’s Main Event Weekend is quickly approaching. 
The Festival will have all the line up of events that you have all grown to expect from this annual celebration of the Bald Eagle and the Harrison River Region.

 Highlights for Nov 17/18 2012:
Take part in Harrison’s Hot Spots Button Promotion. Up to 5 chances to win great prizes and all you do is buy a gorgeous souvenir button to take part. (buttons available at all noted Hot Spots)
Mission Info Centre: located at 34033 Lougheed Hwy will be open to help you navigate the festival and is the first Hot Spot along the route. 
Leq’a:mel Hall Site #1: This year will see a record number of exhibitors on site: wildlife displays, environmental organizations, “green” businesses and an opportunity to get some Christmas shopping done as many local artisans will be selling their wares. Hot Spot
Tapadera Site # 2:  David Hancock will be speaking on eagles at 1 PM both Saturday and Sunday.  Be sure to check out the line up of expert speakers in the “Clubhouse” on site. Topics include, the bald eagle, the salmon in our rivers, backyard birding and wildlife rehabilitation. 
Kilby Historic Site # 6: The Vancouver Zoo will be on site with their raptors display which includes a blind eagle this year. Stop in to hear his story. Hot Spot
Inch Creek Hatchery Site #7: Our native salmon and their challenges have been in the news a lot lately. Visit the hatchery to see how they are hard at work trying to rebuild the stocks AND view the 2 adult sturgeons on site Hot Spot
Sts’Ailes Site # 8: On Saturday Only – a full day of First Nation’s experiences and activities including a delicious salmon BBQ   Hot Spot
Also: Guided Walks, Jet boat tours, Interpreters at the land based viewing at Eagle Point and Pretty Estates Resort.  

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Can't make the main weekend? There's More!!


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Spot Thousands of Eagles Along the Fraser River Basin

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Thousands of bald eagles head to the Harrison River every year
Image by Danny Chan
Thousands of bald eagles head to the Harrison River every year in search of salmon

The Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival offers million dollar views of BC’s bald eagles, as they make their annual journey to the Fraser River Basin to feast on salmon and nest

If you want to be smack dab in the middle of one of the biggest eagle convocations anywhere, plan to attend the Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival , with its kickoff weekend November 17-18, 2012, and festivities and viewing opportunities over the following three weekends.

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PhotoWorkShop – Get More Out of Eagles

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Restricted Participation:    All attendees are required to have a single lens reflex camera. Hopefully participants could bring laptops to run Photoshop or these would be provided?

((Other workshops for the “point-and-shoot”  camera fans will be organized separately – possibly for the following Saturday.))


Sponsored by:            Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival,  Sasquatch Crossing Eco Lodge & the

Hancock Wildlife Foundation. 

Date and Agenda:     2 nights – 3 days.   Learn tips for your SLR & Photoshop 

     Friday: Nov. 30, 2012  -- 630 PM at Sasquatch Crossing Eco Lodge

                                    This involves opening dinner and after dinner lecture.

Stay at Eco Lodge Friday and Saturday nights.


     Saturday:  Dec. 1 – all day.  Breakfast, lunch & workshop in AM.  Afternoon Boat trip on

Harrison River with evening dinner & workshop. 


     Sunday:     Dec 2 – all day.  Morning breakfast, workshop – till participant dispersal

in late afternoon. Boxed lunch for field workshop on river - weather dependant.


             Full fee:     Double occupancy at Lodge including the total Workshop Fee:    $495.00


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