2005 GREAT YEAR at the CHILKAT RIVER -- ALASKA

Festivals and Fun

Haines--Chilkat River Bald Eagle Festival Again GREAT Success

November 2005 saw winter close in early on the norther bald eagle habitat. By the time of the Haine-Chilkat Bald Eagle Festival of November 7 - 13 happened most of the northern rivers were frozen and on that weekend before a 6 inch snowfall throughout the northern areas sealed off the salmon carcasses and drove the eagles to the Chilkat or south to warmer climes.

The results -- I counted about 2700 eagle along the few miles of the Council Grounds and perhaps another 2000 in the surrounding regions. A great biological wonder. Chilly but wonderful!

Hope to see you there next year or at one of the other great Northwest bald eagles festivals mentions in other stories here.

Attached please find a few of my photos of the Chilkat Bald Eagles

David Hancock

The Chilkat is indeed a viewers feast!

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