Event Report – Eagle Watch Opening Day 2017

The stage was set for this year’s opening ceremony with SUN and gale-force outflow wind.

Mayor Patty Heintzman and Thor Froslev were there along with the entire Sunwolf family, representatives from our new Partner Squamish Rafting, and  many returning volunteers and SES members. Our Community Outreach Coordinator Caroline Bergin opened the ceremony and introduced our honoured guests and Partners.

Alice Guss brought her voice and drum again this year to represent the Squamish Nation. She also brought three dancers who danced the female and male eagle dances. At the end of the dance, Alice whistled an eagle call and brought this eagle over from the trees across the river. The eagle swooped overhead and then flew back to its shelter. A flock of geese flew overhead and there was also a very active harbour seal in the river.

Thanks to everyone for participating and to Judith Knapp and Wolfgang Pauli for braving the weather outside the shelter to take these pictures. The male eagle dancer is pictured above.