Pelting rain couldn't stop the dedicated volunteers who turned up for the 34th annual Brackendale Winter Eagle Count on Sunday, Jan. 5. They fanned out to Squamish's most popular spots for eagles, counting as many of the fine feathered visitors as they could and then headed back to basecamp at the Brackendale Art Gallery. This year, despite very low numbers of returning chum and coho salmon, 723 bald eagles were spotted, according to Squamish Birders' Judith Vetsch. In 2019, 1,157 were spotted, in 2018, 962 were counted. Photos by David Buzzard/For The Squamish Chief
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