Thousands of people will be heading to the Fraser Valley this week to see the masses of eagles who winter in Harrison Mills.
They’re coming for the annual Fraser Valley Bald Eagle festival, complete with expert speakers and eagle viewings.
Biologist David Hancock has studied the birds for 50 years, and says the region has one of the best places to see them.
“Sometimes we get eight or ten thousand eagles in the Valley there, so it’s a wondrous gathering of eagles.”
“At Harrison Mills, we have one of the most productive areas in all of Canada. So you end up with a lot of dead salmon carcasses and that’s what the eagles feast on that great buffet that we offer them.”
Hancock says he counts the birds individually.
“I just did a count – there’s probably between 2,000 and 2,500 in that three or four kilometer area now.”
And why have the birds made their way to the valley?
“One word – fish. They are here because at Harrison Mills, we have one of the most productive salmon areas in all of Canada”
The festival runs November 21st and 22nd.