Bald Eagle Perches
Several years ago, the Souris and Area Branch of the PEI Wildlife Federation initiated a pilot project in which perches for Bald Eagles were erected along the Souris Causeway. These perches were a tremendous hit with both the eagles and the residents of the Souris area, and generated much excitement among the public. Unfortunately, harsh winter conditions meant that every spring the perches would need to be re-erected or replaced.
Recently, SAB staff began the process of erecting two new Bald Eagle perches that have been designed to be a more permanent fixture on the landscape. Specifically, for each perch four 4 foot mussel anchors were screwed into the ground, with a 1/2 inch steel plate (with hinge) welded on top. This design enables the perches to work much like a flag pole. Each perch structure itself consists of a 20 foot long, aluminum light pole generously donated by Foster Campbell Electric. These poles were doweled with 12 foot lengths of spruce, and then fitted with horizontal perches for the eagles to land on.
To stabilize the structures, the base of each perch will be supported with a 4 ft juniper gabion fastened with rebar and spikes on two sides, while the other two sides are able to be removed to carry out regular maintenance on the poles. Finally, these gabions will be filled with sandstone rock.
Any doubt that this new perch design would successfully attract Bald Eagles was quickly cast aside, as two eagles were observed on one of the perches shortly after it was installed! The SAB expects to have both new perches completely installed in the coming weeks.
Click here to view photos of the 2013 Bald Eagle Perch Project!
The winter of 2013 proved to be harsh and were slightly uprooted in a storm with wind gusts measuring at 117 km/hr at East Point. In May 2014, Chapman Brother Construction Limited volunteered their services to re-install these perches. Click here for more information and photos from the project.