Salmon, Eagles and Waterfowl
by Heather Harbord, 14 November 2009.
On Saturday, nine members carpooled from the Liquor Store parking lot and drove out to the Sliammon Hatchery, picking up a north-of-town member on the way. The person Clyde had arranged to show us around wasn’t there. Instead, he and Susan did the honors assisted later by a gentleman who was helping to dry some fish. The latter opened a tank full of coho and we admired their colours and saw some of their eggs.
Down at the viewing area, we went nose to nose with a chum salmon. With permission from the lady drying the fish, who also let us taste some samples, we proceeded down to the end of the road where the creek comes out. Three immature eagles posed on three posts while Clyde explained that females are 1/3 larger than the males. Other immature eagles on the rocks brought the total up to about 10. After a short discussion on gulls, we left before we froze.