Update: 33rd Annual Winter Eagle Count: January 6

The Annual Winter Eagle count will take place on Sunday, January 6th 2019. The count is conducted by trained volunteers and is not open to the public. But everyone is welcome to enjoy the amenities of the Brackendale Art Gallery as the count results are returned throughout the day! We also encourage you to go out eagle viewing on your own, or to visit our friendly EagleWatch interpreters at the Eagle Run viewing shelter.

The count covers the Squamish Valley from as far north as the Elaho and as far south as the West Coast Railway Heritage Park. Our terrain is varied and so are the routes. Some routes in the Upper Squamish were accessed by cross country skiing and snowshoe in 2018. Some were surveyed by kayak or by raft. Most routes involve walking on trails that may be snow-covered, icy or muddy and are by no means maintained. Despite this, many volunteers truly enjoy the count and come back year after year. We explore all the nooks and crannies where eagles may be found. During recent counts, we have spotted herds of Roosevelt Elk along the Squamish River.

Volunteer registration for 2019 is now closed. If you are interested in participating next year, please email eaglewatch@squamishenvironment.ca

Our goal is to partner new volunteers with experienced ones. We ask that volunteers be self-sufficient, dressed for the conditions and able to commit at least 3 hours or more depending on the route. Those who have a 4×4 vehicle are invited to assist with the counts farther afield.

Here is a link to information on the areas counted, last year’s details, and a summary of the counts for previous years. You can also find background on the count and on the creation of the Brackendale Eagles Provincial Park, the preserve across the Squamish River from Eagle Run dike.