The largest concentration of bald eagles in the United States is located in Alaska’s Chilkat Valley. Each November, between 2,000-4,000 of these majestic birds descend upon the valley in Haines, Alaska, to feed on a late run of chum and coho salmon.
To celebrate this gathering, the American Bald Eagle Foundation hosts the annual, weeklong Alaska Bald Eagle Festival for locals and birding enthusiasts. Running Nov. 6-11, the 2017 event marks the festival’s 23rd year and boasts photography workshops, plentiful eagle viewing opportunities at the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, an eagle release and a gala fundraiser.
– Bri Kelly, The Alaska 100