Maybe Ben Franklin had it right. Turkey booster until the bitter end, Franklin railed against the choice of bald eagle as America’s symbol. “He is a bird of bad moral character,” Franklin wrote. “He does not get his living honestly.” Up close, it definitely looked that way. I had a chance to visit Brackendale, B.C., the world’s self-proclaimed bald eagle capital, while researching a story for The Washington Post. A few eagles kind of looked like the majestic bird on the back of the quarter, but most were busy tearing into rotten salmon, which end up floating in the rivers after spawning is over. One local lady called them nothing but big seagulls. Still, it was pretty impressive to see dozens all in one place.
Vancouver snapshot: Bald eagles find a home in Canada
By Remy Scalza; Special to The Washington Post
The highway turnoff is easy to miss. On the rugged stretch of mountain road that connects Olympic cities Vancouver and Whistler, B.C., just past the midway point, is a small, handmade sign. Look hard and you’ll see a bald eagle in profile, beak painted a brilliant yellow, beady eye aglow.
Next stop: Brackendale, self-proclaimed World Eagle Capital.
“One year, we counted 3,769 bald eagles in one day,” says 40-year resident and avian enthusiast Thor Froslev. “You practically had to have a hard hat on to go outside.”
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