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PUBLISHED: 4:39 PM on Wednesday, November 8, 2006
Annual Haines event Nov. 8 - 12

Photo by Amanda Gragert
  The 12th annual Haines Bald Eagle Festival is held by the American Bald Eagle Foundation and takes place during the world's largest concentration gathering of bald eagles.
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.

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.

Wednesday, Nov. 8

8 a.m.-5 p.m.: Festival registration at American Bald Eagle Foundation.

9 a.m.-noon: Guided eagle viewing in the preserve by Alaska Nature Tours. Depart from ABEF and pick up at visitor center.

9 a.m.-noon, and 1-4 p.m.: Photoshop class lab with Dan Hart will start ABEF and go to high school.

10-11 a.m.: Wildlife workshop by Dave Hancock about marine mammals at ABEF.

10 a.m.-6 p.m.: Diorama and natural history display at ABEF.

1-4 p.m.: "Wildlife for the Future" predator/prey and wildlife management for children in grades kindergarten through five at Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center.

1-4 p.m.: Three-hour guided eagle viewing in the preserve with pick up at visitor center.

6-9 p.m.: Optional festival dinner with entertainer Al Batt at ABEF. Advance ticket purchase is required.

Thursday, Nov. 9

8 a.m.-5 p.m.: Festival registration at ABEF.

9 a.m.-noon: Guided eagle viewing in the preserve departs from ABEF.

9 a.m.-4 p.m.: Optional photography field session with Photographer of the Year Thomas D. Mangelsen.

10 a.m.-4 p.m.: "The Sami - Reindeer People of Alaska" at Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center.

10 a.m.-6 p.m.: Diorama and natural history display at ABEF.

1-4 p.m.: "Home Sweet Habitat" - identification of wildlife habitat in the Chilkat Valley best suited for children in grades kindergarten through five at Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center.

1-4 p.m.: Guided eagle viewing in the preserved departs from ABEF with pick up at visitor center.

1-5 p.m.: Special 2006 festival stamp cancellation and open house at the U.S. Post Office on Haines Highway.

4-5 p.m.: Slideshow about "Artic Wings" with Author of the Year Debbie Miller at ABEF.

Friday, Nov. 10

8 a.m.-5 p.m.: Festival registration at ABEF.

9 a.m.-noon: Guided eagle viewing in the preserve departs from ABEF.

9-10 a.m.: Slideshow by Artist of the Year Jon Van Zyle at ABEF.

9 a.m.-4 p.m.: Continuation of optional photography field session by Thomas Mangelsen starting at ABEF.

10 a.m.-4 p.m. "The Sami - Reindeer People of Alaska" at Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center.

10 a.m.-6 p.m.: Diorama and natural history display at ABEF.

1-4 p.m.: "Wildlife Classification" - classifying Alaska wildlife by different themes best suited for children in grades kindergarten through five at Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center.

1-4 p.m.: Guided eagle viewing in the preserve departs from ABEF.

2-3 p.m.: Wildlife workshop about owls with speaker Irene Morris at ABEF.

3-4 p.m.: Wildlife workshop about eagles of Alaska with speaker Phil Schempf at ABEF.

4-6 p.m.: Live bird presentation and photo opportunity at ABEF.

6:30-7 p.m.: Festival registration continues at ABEF.

7-9 p.m.: Evening program of Kroschel live animal presentation at ABEF.

Saturday, Nov. 11

8 a.m.-5 p.m.: Festival registration at ABEF.

9-10 a.m.: Meet and greet hour at ABEF.

9:30 a.m.: Bus meets catamaran at boat harbor.

10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Three-hour guided eagle viewing in the preserve departs from ABEF.

10 a.m.-noon: Live bird presentations and photo opportunity at ABEF.

10 a.m.-noon: "Protecting Our Wildlife" to learn why protection of wildlife is important best suited for children in grades three through eight at Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center.

10 a.m.-4 p.m.: "The Sami - Reindeer People of Alaska" at Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center.

10 a.m.-5 p.m.: Diorama and natural history display at ABEF.

12:30-4 p.m.: Guided eagle viewing in the preserve with eagle release at 1:30 p.m. departs from ABEF.

1:30 p.m.: Eagle release ceremony at Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve at 19-Mile Haines Highway.

3-4 p.m.: Wildlife workshop "Raptors of the Yukon" by speaker Dave Mossop at ABEF.

4-5 p.m.: Wildlife workshop "A Lifetime Studying Nature in the Yukon" by speaker Rick Farnell at ABEF.

5-6 p.m.: Wildlife workshop of Alaska wildlife movie with speaker Michael Quinton.

6:30-7 p.m.: Late registration and lobby sales book signing and sales at Chilkat Center for the Performing Arts.

7-9:30 p.m.: Evening program with master of ceremonies Al Batt with entertainment by Eternal Flames dance group, Burl Shelton on guitar, Joe Ordonez and local swing and jazz group Clambone at Chilkat Center for the performing arts.

Sunday, Nov. 12

9 a.m.-noon: Guided eagle viewing in the preserve by Alaska Nature Tours departs from ABEF.

10 a.m.-noon: "Wildlife for the Future" predator, prey and wildlife management best suited for children in grades kindergarten through five at Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center.

10 a.m.-5 p.m.: Diorama and natural history display at ABEF.

11 a.m.-noon: Clinic "Handling Injured Raptors." Festival registrants welcome to observe this informative clinic at ABEF.

10 a.m.-1 p.m.: "The Sami - Reindeer People of Alaska" at Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center.

1-2 p.m.: Wildlife workshop about mountain goats by speaker Kevin White at ABEF.

2-3 p.m.: Workshop "Marine Mammals of the Upper Lynn Canal" by speaker Kelly Hastings at ABEF.

1-3 p.m.: Photo opportunity of exercising the birds if time permits at ABEF.

This schedule is subject to minor changes during the festival.


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