EagleWatch was established in 1995 as part of the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s Eagles of Brackendale project to help preserve the wintering bald eagles and their ecosystem in the Squamish Valley. The program is coordinated by the Squamish Environment Society (SES).
Volunteer interpreters share their knowledge and love of bald eagles with people from around the world. They explain the importance of ethical viewing They offer visitors an opportunity to view the eagles through high-power spotting scopes, and also to use their own cell phones to photograph the eagles using adapters fitted to the scopes.
This program runs from mid November through January. Volunteers are at the Eagle Run viewing shelter on weekends and throughout Christmas Week, from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm. Eagle Run dike is an accessible site: there is a ramp at the south end. In the winter months, snow on the ramp is cleared by volunteers when possible but access to the site is more limited.
The Eagle Run viewing shelter is shown above in this photo by Bob Brant. The photo was taken on December 26, 2013, when more than 1200 people visited Eagle Run. That year we had a good Chum salmon run, the weather was not extreme, and 1617 eagles were counted during the annual Eagle Count.
Education and Outreach Program
Each fall and winter, EagleWatch educational presentations and field trips are available for schools, groups and interested parties of all ages on a first come, first served basis. These experiences are customized for ages and interests of participants. To book a presentation or field trip, please contact EagleWatch. All presentations are offered free of charge, but EagleWatch welcomes donations of any amount to help cover our costs.
Becoming an EagleWatch volunteer is a wonderful way to learn about bald eagles, meet interesting people and have fun! Volunteers commit to a minimum of four 2.5 – hour shifts for the season. Some volunteers act as interpreters at Eagle Run dike and others participate in in education sessions. Volunteer group events include training day and a wind-up party with gifts donated by local businesses.
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