By the end of November, thousands of bald eagles are expected to descend upon the Fraser Valley to feast on the carcasses of spawned out salmon and establish their winter territories. Drawn by the spawning salmon that travel up the Fraser River, the eagles have made the Harrison region their winter home for many years and in 2010, over 7,000 eagles were counted in a 2-kilometre stretch along the Harrison River.
Photo by: Danny Chan via FVBEF on Facebook
The Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival celebrates the return of these majestic birds on November 15 & 16. Spotting scopes will be set up in designated viewing areas and experts will be on hand to answer questions about the eagles and other wildlife frequently spotted in the area. One of the best ways to get up close and personal with the eagles without disturbing them is by boat. Fraser River Safari offers covered (and heated) eagle boat tours throughout the festival and from November – January.
The festival kicks off a series of three eagle and salmon inspired weekends as follows:
November 15/16 – 19th Annual Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival
November 22 – Harrison Salmon Festival
- Eagle viewing sites open: Pretty Estates Resort, Kilby Historic Site, Harrison RV Resort
November 29/30 – International Photo Display and Fundraising Dinner & Auction
- Eagle viewing sites open: Kilby Historic Site.
For more information about the Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival or the Season of Eagles & Salmon, please visit: www.fraservalleybaldeaglefestival.ca.
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