First Bald Eagle Nest to be Built on
A Bald eagle family will get a new home at French Creek Estuary Land!
Thanks to world-renowned eagle expert David Hancock of the Hancock Wildlife Foundation.
In early September David’s team will eco-climb a tree to build a new nest for a mated pair of Bald eagles. The pair’s current nest tree at the French Creek Marina was found to be unsafe in a public place and requires removal.
Property owners French Creek House Ltd. are required to fund the construction of the replacement nest but have also generously offered to fund the installation of an “Eagle Webcam” at the nest and the construction of a second eagle nest in the area.
A New Eagle Preserve
“French Creek Estuary Land could become the first Eagle Preserve on Vancouver Island,” said David Hancock, who proposed the idea due to the area’s significance for nesting and northern wintering eagles. “It’s an incredibly diverse and rich habitat supporting 180 species of birds, 60 species of waterfowl, salmon, river otters, beaver and many other wildlife.”
Watch David Hancock’s Interview
This land has been the focus of a passionate community conservation effort for decades and now an opportunity exists to conserve it in perpetuity. French Creek House is generously gifting 17.7 acres of land dedicated as park and will assist in efforts to secure funding so the remaining five acres of land can be purchased and conserved as park.
The Save Estuary Land Society are partnering with the Friends of French Creek Conservation Society to raise the funds needed to purchase the remaining five acres of land. Together they are helping the Hancock Wildlife Foundation with eagle nest constructions and webcam placement.
French Creek Estuary Land is a rich ecosystem with a salmon-bearing creek, riparian areas, meadow, older growth Coastal Douglas-fir forest and wetlands, including marshes and pond. It supports a mosaic of plant and animal communities providing home and haven for an abundance of wildlife including Great Blue Herons, Peregrine Falcons, Purple Martins, Western Toads and other Species at Risk.