5th Annual Campbell River Bald Eagle Festival

Harrison the Eagle
Harrison always pleases the kids when he flies in for Eaglefest

Plans are underway for the 5th Campbell River Bald Eagle Festival, sponsored by BC Hydro, to be held by Discovery Pier at the Maritime Heritage Centre in Campbell River on Saturday Feb. 20/2010. Guest speakers include well known author, conservationist and ornithologist Dr. Rob Butler, President of the Pacific Wildlife Foundation who works as coordinator of the Breeding Bird Atlas for BC with Bird Studies Canada. Local Vancouver Island birder and biologist Guy Monte, who is a familiar face to many with the Brant monitoring project, will be on hand to talk about what interests us most – birds.

For Kids of all ages Ron Smith will read from his children’s book “Elf the Eagle” and Steve Howard is back with his taxidermy displays. MARS Moments Sandy Fairfield will present the MARS Video “A Second Chance” produced by Simone Metelli, an intern at MARS from Italy during 2008. Father Charles Brandt will offer some insights into wildlife Photography. We may even glimpse “Harrison” the mascot from the Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival.

Wildlife information will be available at the MARS display, with Live Birds of Prey available for viewing and photos. Tim Clermont of Nature Trust will be available to discuss The Wildlife Management area projects planned in Campbell River and Courtenay estuaries. Ian Moul of the Wildlife Tree Stewardship Program will be on hand to answer questions about nest trees in your backyard. BC Hydro’s representative Scott Harrison will be at the table as well as to talk about their initiatives.

A guest appearance by Mike MacIntosh, Executive Director of the Burrowing Owl Conservation Society of BC and his ambassador “Beaker” will be featured during the Silent Auction’s Beer, Wine and Cheese event Sponsored by Surgenor Brewery in the evening beginning at 7 pm. Five dollar admission to hear about the Burrowing Owl Project and appitizers. Sorry, but you must be 19 or older to attend this special night. Doors open at 7 pm.

“New this year is the The Eaglefest Photo Contest, sponsored by Photo Tech fotosource, with fabulous prizes for youth and adults in two categories – Vancouver Island Wildlife and Vancouver Island Birds.” states MARS manager Maj Birch . A $10 entry fee includes printing and mounting of your photograph. Deadline for entry is Feb 13th. Contact Photo Tech fotosource at 250-286-1233 or email phototech@fotosource.com for more info. The People’s Choice Winners will be determined by public voting the day of Eaglefest.

Doors open to the public for Eaglefest at 10 am and close at 3:30 pm. Admission is $5 each or $10 family with MARS members admitted for free! You aren’t a member yet? Then you can get your membership at the door. Help support wildlife rehab efforts on Northern Vancouver Island. Be sure to check back often to our blog on our website www.wingtips.org as more updates become available. Contact MARS at 250-337-2021 if you wish to sponsor or become involved in this years’ event.

For more info contact Maj Birch at 250-337-2021 or download a pdf of the program.