Photos appear to show cut-down trees housing Bald Eagle nest near Site C

A post on Facebook by the Peace Valley Landowner Association shows a tree south of Site C harbouring a Bald Eagle’s nest – and then photos of the trees knocked down.

“#‎SiteC‬ really sucks for this ‪#‎Eagle‬ today. Destroyed.” the post read.

Arlene Boon, an active member of the Peace Valley Landowner Association, and the wife of president Kevin Boon, made the original post, reading “This is the beautiful ‪#‎eagle‬ that just lost his home to ‪#‎SiteC”.

It has under 50 likes as of Monday afternoon, but commenters did not seem to be happy to see the pictures.

“Who down south would condone this for Stanley Park?” wrote one.

The photo of the Bald Eagle in the tree was taken on Saturday, and the one of what appears to be the same tree knocked down was taken just this morning.

“It’s quite disturbing that this is going on.” said Boon. She had big concerns that the nest was active, and BC Hydro did not have their permits up to date to cross the waters on to the island.

Dave Conway of BC Hydro told Energetic City in an e-mailed statement that the corporation and its contractors will ‘monitor and take great care to avoid or mitigate effects on active Bald Eagle nests during Site C construction.’

Conway says an inactive Bald Eagle nest was removed last week, consistent with their permits, with the help of a qualified environmental professional on-site – and no eagles were present or harmed in the process.

“No active Bald Eagle nests will be disturbed, and BC Hydro will only remove or relocate Bald Eagle nests when they are inactive, as confirmed by a qualified professional — and in accordance with our permits under the Wildlife Act,” the statement reads.

BC Hydro plans to install up to 38 artificial nesting platforms during the construction period, according to the statement.

“Platforms will be designed to be attractive to nesting Bald Eagles. BC Hydro will monitor Bald Eagle nests and mitigation platforms annually during construction. Once construction is complete, monitoring will continue for the first 10 years of project operations.”