Bald Eagle count in Squamish draws concern

This is a concern — we almost lost the Eagle before, so their declining numbers is a warning something is wrong. The salmon population is of concern, as well. This link explains the many factors contributing to salmon decline: http://www.psmfc.org/habitat/salmfct.html

Global News

Ever year, dozens of people gather by the Squamish River for a glimpse of the majestic bald eagle. Between the months of November and January, Squamish plays host to one of North America’s largest congregations of the wintering bald eagles, but this year there’s been a noticeable drop in the number of bald eagles.

“We’re in trouble,” said the organizer of the 29th annual bald eagle count, Thor Froslev.

In total, 324 bald eagles had been spotted by the afternoon, a particularly low number according to eagle experts. Last year’s count was 1,617 and the record highest number was set in 1994 with 3,769. The average annual count is 1,500.

In terms of factors influencing how many eagles are counted, weather plays a big role.

Spotting the eagles at today’s bald eagle count in Brackendale proved to be difficult thanks in part to the snowy, wintry conditions.

“It’s really snowing…

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