On January 6, 2018 more than two dozen adults and children gathered at Cheakamus Centre for the first Friends of Cheakamus members’ event of the year – Wintering Bald Eagles Walk. After fueling up on hot coffee and freshly-baked bannock, the group headed out in the field. Members viewed bald eagles close-up in their winter habitat, and learned about the unique ecology and wildlife of the area from volunteer experts Victor Elderton and Kate Keogh. Vic and Kate shared their knowledge and enthusiasm in a way that intrigued adults and children alike, and opened everyone’s eyes to the wonders of these magnificent birds of prey. Jason Bigelow, longtime Cheakamus friend and talented birder, also came along and helped with bird identification. The rain held off and there was a good handful of sightings on this easy-paced, highly interpretive walk along the Cheakamus River dyke trail.
Everyone had a great time and this event was so successful that we will be hosting a spring nature walk for Friends of Cheakamus members when the weather warms. Stay tuned!
"An amazing day! Learning about eagles from engaging experts in the field. I’m looking forward to the Spring event." ~ Luke Smeaton from SD 44 - Manager of Sustainability, Energy & Environmental Planning
"I have been telling everyone who will listen that they should become a Friend of Cheakamus so they can check out the next event - and bring their kids!" ~ Steph