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Return of the Bald Eagle to Vancouver

November sees many avian residents of the region migrate to the south but also sees the return of one of nature's most beautiful and powerful birds, the Bald Eagle. The West Coast of British Columbia becomes a temporary home for thousands of Bald Eagles who are drawn to the spawning salmon. In the winter months, they can be spotted along the pacific coastline in Stanley Park, along the University of British Columbia Campus and in large numbers at the prime salmon areas of Harrison Mills and Brackendale both of which have annual festivals celebrating Bald Eagles.

Pair of Bald Eagles sitting on a tree in Vancouver, British Columbia.Vancouver, British Columbia is an ideal place to spot the Bald Eagle - especially in the winter months as these majestic birds migrate to the region to take advantage of the spawning of the salmon which make their way up streams and rivers in the Fall. Listen for the haunting call of the Bald Eagle throughout Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. There have been many sightings in the region including Stanley Park, the University of British Columbia Campus and several pairs in Delta (Bald Eagle Sightings Fall 2010 Map).

Also, take the opportunity this Winter to visit the Harrison Mills (map) and Brackendale (map) which boast thousands of wintering Bald Eagles which feast on spawning salmon. There are also two popular festivals to attend in these regions:

15TH ANNUAL FRASER VALLEY BALD EAGLE FESTIVAL | November 20 - 21, 2010 | For times, check the 2010 Program | Mission to Chilliwack, British Columbia (festival map) | The Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival offers excellent eagle watching opportunities and a range of activities and adventures including walking tours, environmental presentations, naturalists and interpreters, historic aboriginal sites, artisans and entertainment. | Websites:
25TH ANNUAL BRACKENDALE WINTER EAGLE FESTIVAL & COUNT | January 30 - February 6, 2011 | Brackendale, British Columbia (map) | Known as the World Eagle Capital (and the Winter Home of the Bald Eagle), Brackendale (just north of Squamish) hosts the Winter Eagle Fesitval and Count. Bring your binoculars and enjoy a month of lectures, art, cultural events and eagle viewing at the dyke. | Website

Bald Eagle soaring overhead in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Bald Eagle flying over English Bay with Vancouver Island in the distance.

Bald Eagle flying past in Vancouver, British Columbia.Attend a Bald Eagle Festival in British Columbia.

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