PUBLISHED: 5:02 PM on Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Haines Bald Eagle Festival flies again
The 12th annual event is held by the American Bald Eagle Foundation in Haines and takes place during the world's largest concentration gathering of bald eagles.

Email the American Bald Eagle Foundation or call 907-766-3094 to request a free brochure. Be sure to check out commemorative prints and posters from past festivals at our Festival Store while you visit our web site. Fine Products from previous festivals are available for online purchase. Also, check our main American Bald Eagle Foundation website.

More than 3,000 eagles gather along a four-mile stretch of the Chilkat River north of Haines each fall to feed on a late run of salmon. Starting in late October, eagles by the hundreds can be seen along the sand bars and in cottonwood trees in the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve.

The peak of the gathering usually occurs in mid-November. It is a rare site.

The festival is crammed with a full schedule of events catering to birdwatchers, photographers and nature lovers. Event highlights include:

• Photo workshops

• Speakers and presentations

• Guided eagle viewing

• Release of wild rehabilitated bald eagles