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Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival Nov 16-17

Released by Fraser River Safari

 

An eagle dives for salmon at Harrison by Christian Sasse. Photo below by Rick Skerry.

 

he adventure begins just 90 minutes east of Metro Vancouver in the picturesque City of Mission. Nature lovers flock to the Fraser Valley to take part in the FREE 2 day family event that celebrates the largest single gathering of eagles ever recorded.

 

On Dec 18, 2010 biologist David Hancock, of Hancock Wildlife Foundation, recorded 7,362 raptors along the 3km stretch of the Harrison River.

The perfect starting point on the journey is the Mission Information Centre, located at 34033 Lougheed Highway.  Armed with the official printed program volunteers will be ready to great visitors and help plan out the day’s itinerary. The first festival site on the road to the eagles is the indoor exhibitors fair at Leq’a:mel Hall.

Head inside to warm up and take in the incredible wildlife displays, “green” businesses and organizations (which now include live birds with the Vancouver Zoo’s Raptor Display). Discover amazing shopping and the local talent at the many artisan tables set up inside. Inch Creek Hatchery and Kilby Historic Site round out the non-eagle viewing festival sites. 

Of course, at the heart of the event, is the world class viewing sites with are available on both land and by water “Safari”.

Once again in 2013 the FVBEF Society has a full line up of fascinating and talented speakers at the Tapadera Estates Clubhouse and a Nature Walk organized by conservation staff of The Nature Trust of BC and Ducks Unlimited.

Plan to visit for the day and come hungry as there are many delicious food choices through-out the festival region. New this year is the addition of Harrison River RV Resort as a land viewing site and the elevated eagle observation deck at Pretty Estates Resort. Festival goes rain or shine.
 
For details on this annual event visit www.fraservalleybaldeaglefestival.ca or call Jo-Anne at Fraser River Safari at 1-604-826-7361
 

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