Thirty volunteers braved cold, snow, and wind on February 3 to gather at Sunwolf Resort‘s newly-renovated lodge for our EagleWatch volunteer recognition dinner. Sunwolf hosts this event every year at the close of EagleWatch season so volunteers can share a meal and celebrate.
The evening began with a screening of Tim Cyr’s new video “Eddie the Eagle”, starring the chick raised last spring and summer at the nest near Eagle Run dike.
Dinner was provided by Fergie’s, excellent as always despite their temporary facilities while rebuilding proceeds. Trays of fresh appetizers were courtesy of Nesters Market and Howe Sound Brewing sent a supply of their new Bald Eagle Session IPA.
Squamish Environment Society Chair Carl Halvorson thanked some people who had made special contributions to EagleWatch this year: coordinators Dr. Judith Knapp and Rob LeBlanc; Wolfgang Pauli, the volunteer with the highest number of hours accumulated; and Tristan Rayner, organizer of this season’s photo competition. All volunteers received certificates of appreciation that were unique and designed by Carl. Judith and Wolf were unable to attend because of illness, so Carl presented their certificates at a later date. Courtesy of London Drugs, Tristan will receive a gift of the same size of aluminum print to be awarded to the three winners of the photo competition.
All volunteers present participated in the traditional gift raffle. This year the emphasis was on low environmental impact experiences. Gifts were generously donated by: Canadian Outback Rafting, Executive Suites Hotel and Resort, Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Norm Hann Expeditions, Sea to Sky Gondola, Squamish Rafting, and Squamish Valley Golf Club.
Thanks to all the businesses who helped make our event a success this year.
Photo courtesy of Dee-Ann LeBlanc: EagleWatch volunteers getting an early start on the refreshments.