Year Round Viewing
From the Water
Fraser River Safari runs eagle expeditions along the Harrison River from November until the eagles leave the area. This is by far the best way to get up close to these incredible raptors. Enjoy the beauty in complete comfort in the climate controlled, fully covered and heated jet boat. David Hancock also joins the crew for some extra- special adventures during this time of year. For more information visit the Fraser River Safari website
From the Land
After the first weekend of the festival some of the sites are not set up for public viewing so it is best to come prepared with your own binoculars or viewing scopes. Please note that many areas are environmentally sensitive spots so please do your best to leave “no foot print”. There are pull outs up Morris Valley Rd just north of Eagle Point where you can view the flats. Eagle Point Community Park also has a viewing platform right along the edge of the river or flats depending on water levels. Pretty Estates Resort has a wonderful trail that leads down to the river’s edge, which is also the very name of the restaurant on site where you may want to lunch before or after your viewing time. If there are a large numbers of eagles they tend to spread out down the river, which means that the park and dike just below Kilby Historic Site are also excellent places to explore for roosting eagles. Happy viewing!
Perhaps this is the perfect spot to give a brief overview of the seasonal habits of the bald eagle. (source “The Bald Eagle of Alaska, BC and Washington” by David Hancock) Prime time for eagle viewing in the Valley can be from late October until mid January depending on the salmon runs.
September – January the eagles will attempt to set up their territories. This sometimes is complicated by the hundreds even thousands of wintering eagles occupying the area.
Early February – March - The two to three eggs are laid.
April will see the hatching of the eggs after a approx 36 day incubation period
April – July the eaglets grow and then fledge at approx 12 weeks of age.
July- August - the mature birds leave the area and begin to head north in search of the first salmon runs. The fledglings will not be far behind as they will become very hungry without parents around to feed and care for them
Late September and early October the adults begin to return to once again stake out their nests and begin any necessary repairs.
November – January eagles into the thousands will begin descend upon the Fraser Valley to enjoy the smorgasbord of spawned out salmon along the Harrison and Fraser Rivers. This will consist of eagles from all over BC and include first year birds to mature adults.
2012 Exhibitor’s at Leq’a:mel Hall
Abbotsford-Mission Nature Club
Abbotsford Mission Recycling Program
Wishing Well of Wildlife, a 3D environmental art installation.
Ama Liisaos Heritage Trust Society
Come to the BC Hydro Community Outreach booth to learn great ways to save electricity and play our interactive activities!
Beads by Betty
Betty Sandmark - I make beaded jewelry and will be showing different stitches etc. to interested people.
CAUSS/ Footprint Press
Chilliwack Field Naturalists
DFO - Activity for children
Fraser Valley Watersheds Coalition
Great Blue Heron Natue Reserve Society
GBHNRS operates the nature interpretive centre within the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve in Chilliwack, and runs programs to broaden community awareness and appreciation for the natural and historical values of the Reserve through research, exhibits, tours and educational programs.
Hancock Wildlife Foundation
Home of the Live Streaming Wildlife Cams and established by biologist David Hancock, the Foundation's mandate is to use the internet and live streaming wildlife video to promote the conservation of wildlife and its habitats through science, education, and stewardship.
Stanley Park Society
Harrison Hot Springs Tourism
John C Whittall Photographs
Birds, beasts, blooms and bugs of the local (Okanagan) area. Photos are printed on note cards, 8x10 and 11x14 matted prints, plus prints and cards of Arctic wildlife from my trip to Cambridge Bay this summer.
Kanaka Education & Environmental Partnership Society
Magnetite Jewelry by Gina Esche
I will be explaining the health benefits of waring and using magnetite jewelry
Mary Ann Lindahl
Native Carvings and crafts
Miami River Streamkeepers Society
The Miami River Streamkeepers Society promotes the beautification and enhancement of the Miami River for benefit of residents and visitors to the Village of Harrison Hot Springs.
Owl Boxes and Relocation
OWLS of BC by Gerry Powers
Port Moody Ecological Society
Port Moody Ecological Society is a totally volunteer run non-profit society that works to raise salmon in the hatchery; to monitor and protect salmon habitat in Port Moody streams; and to promote ecological awareness through community involvement, education programs and other actions.
Proposed Harrison-Chehalis Wildlife Management Area (WMA)
Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
Stanley Park Society
Trends On End
Everyday preparedness and outdoor product .