Saturday, November 23, 2013
Flying is for the Birds
Aircrafts disturb eagles at Harrison
Released by Fraser River Safari/Handout photos
he Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival this past weekend had record numbers of eagles on the Chehalis Flats, and record numbers of salmon carcasses laid out on the River banks to feed them.
The only downside to the 2,380
eagles on the Chehalis Flats was the low passes and landings of
small planes and helicopters on these same flats. Not only were
the pilots harassing the eagles but risking their own lives flying
among the birds.
A whole group of local
conservation-minded organizations including the Sts'ailes, Ducks
Unlimited, the Nature Conservancy, the Harrison Mills Regional
Association and the newly formed Harrison River Salmon Stronghold
organized the Preserve to assist the eagles and salmon during the
October thru February peak of the spawn and the eagles wintering
This PR note, if picked up by some press, will more quickly reach these pilots. As a fellow pilot I can appreciate their desire to find open sand bars for landing, but please for the sake of the thousands of eagles stay aware from this Preserve from October thru February.
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