November 6-11, 2017
The Chilkat Valley sees an influx of bald eagles that come to feed on a late run of chum and Coho salmon. Historically, by mid-November the majority of the rivers in Southeast Alaska have frozen by this time
In 1982, approximately 48,000 acres of land were designated by the state of Alaska to protect both the salmon runs and the world’s largest concentration of bald eagles. This area known as the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, sees anywhere between 1,000-3,000 bald eagles in mid-November. The Haines Chamber of Commerce began the Alaska Bald Eagle Festival in 1994 as a way to bring people from across the globe together to welcome the salmon and the bald eagles into the valley.
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