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Eagles

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Growing up in Prince Rupert, Bald Eagles were an everyday part of my life. From our house, we would look out towards Mt. Hays (the reason for all of the rain in Prince Rupert apparently!) and see who could spot the most eagles. Often we would count up to fifteen and feel pretty pleased with ourselves for seeing so many. We would watch them circle on the up drafts, and we always knew when the tide was out, because the eagles, ravens and seagulls would all rise up and head out toward the harbour. American tourists were often in awe of the number of their national bird they would find perched around our little town.  Well, Prince Rupert had nothing on Squamish! Each year Squamish plays host to one of the largest congregations of wintering bald eagles in North America between the months of November and January. Peak bald eagle viewing is from mid-December to mid-January and a viewing facility located on the municipal dyke on Government Road in Brackendale. Eagle Another great way to view the eagles in their natural habitat is to take one of Sunwolf’s Eagle Viewing Float trips. While floating down the river, you can enjoy awesome scenery, waters teeming with wild salmon and eagles soaring overhead.  Overnighting with the majestic birds is possible with both the Sunwolf group, as well as with the Cheakamus Centre group.  Want to learn more? The Eagle Watch Interpreter Program is a volunteer program which has worked since 1995 to educate the public on how these majestic birds of prey are crucial to the environment. The Brackendale Art Gallery hosts an annual bald eagle count  – the 1994 count of 3,769 put Squamish on the map as the “World Eagle Capital!”