Vancouver’s Best Eagle Viewing

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The eagle has landed! Majestic, powerful, striking, imposing, brave, noble. In aboriginal northwest coast culture, the Eagle has been a source of inspiration for both traditional and contemporary artists since the beginning of time. This amazing creature symbolizes grace and power. The eagle captures my imagination and there is no better place to get up close and personal with these fantastic birds than Mud Bay Park. During a walk, jog or ride along the dyke trail it is not uncommon to see dozens of eagles. Now is the perfect time to go to watch these symbolic birds busy at work building and repairing their nests.

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Vancouver’s Best Eagle Viewing

Snowy Owls Return to Vancouver

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The snowy owls are back.

The cuddly looking birds with white feathers and giant yellow eyes have again taken up residence in Delta, outside of Vancouver, according to an article in the Vancouver Sun.  More than two dozen of the enormous owls, which stand up to 61 centimetres and have a wingspan of 1.5 metres, are currently living in Boundary Bay Regional Park.

For wildlife lovers, it’s a rare treat.  While the owls also appeared last year, they are far from a common sight in the area.  They spend their summers on the arctic tundra, growing fat on lemmings hunted on the open plains.  When cold weather hits, they migrate south, occasionally ending up in the Lower Mainland.

Thousands of birdwatchers flocked to Delta and Tsawwassen to see the snowy owls last year.  On some days, the dykes along the bay were nearly wall-to-wall tripods, as eager photographers lined up for shots.

Wildlife experts warn, however, that too much disturbance could be lethal for the animals, which are already weakened from the long flight and a lack of food over the summer.  People wanting a peek at the owls are urged to keep a respectful distance and use binoculars and scopes.  Agitating the birds or causing them to take flight could deplete their already limited energy reserves and actually kill the animals.   Continue reading:
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Bald Eagles Return to Vancouver

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It’s that time of year again.  Thousands of bald eagles have returned to the regions surrounding Vancouver as part of their annual migration south.  For wildlife lovers, it’s a rare chance to see the iconic birds in the wild – flying, feeding on salmon and roosting in trees.

Several local sites have earned reputations for fabulous eagle watching.  Grab your camera and binoculars and check out these eagle hot spots.  Just remember to always maintain a respectable distance and never disturb the birds.   Continue reading:
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For the Birds: World-class bird watching on Vancouver’s doorstep

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I’m staring at a regal, metre-tall sandhill crane, its slender legs knee-deep in a seaside marsh outside of Vancouver.  It sizes me up with its bright pink head – flamboyant colors worthy of a flamingo – then extends its elegant neck and lets out a majestic, ear-splitting squawk.

The stunning bird’s winter home is the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary, a 850-acre wetland on the Fraser River, approximately 40 minutes from downtown Vancouver in Delta.  The sanctuary is one of a network of parks and habitats along the Fraser Delta that make the area a top destination for bird watchers.

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For the Birds: World-class bird watching on Vancouver’s doorstep

The Bald Eagles are Back in Vancouver

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Every winter, thousands of bald eagles descend on the rivers, lakes and coasts of British Columbia to feed on spawning salmon.  This year is no exception, and right now is one of the top times for wildlife lovers to spot the majestic birds in Vancouver and the surrounding communities.

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The Bald Eagles are Back in Vancouver

Vancouver ‘burbs: Who Loves Tsawwassen?

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I can’t spell it, but I think I’m in love.  The little seaside suburb of Tsawwassen is about a 40-minute drive south of downtown Vancouver.  Many people know Tsawwassen on account of its ferry terminal, where passengers can catch a ride to Victoria, the Gulf Islands and other destinations.  But, as I discovered recently, there’s more to do in Tsawwassen than wait for your boat to board.

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Bald Eagles Come to Vancouver

They may not have chosen the prettiest spot . . . but the bald eagles have landed in Vancouver.   Up to a thousand of the iconic raptors have congregated near the Vancouver Landfill, in the suburb of Delta, according to a recent article in the Vancouver Sun.

The eagles have staked out the less-than-picturesque turf because of below normal salmon runs on the rivers where they normally feed.  So rather than flocking to their usual spots – along rivers in Brackendale or Squamish, for instance – they chose the dump.   Since late December, the majestic birds have been battling it out with seagulls for tasty morsels.

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