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Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, Haines
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The Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve is a state park and wildlife refuge in the U.S. state of Alaska near Haines. Established in 1982, the park covers 49,320 acres (199.6 km²), mainly along the Chilkat River, with sections along the Klehini and Tsirku rivers.The preserve is home to the world's largest concentration of bald eagles. 200 to 400 birds live there year-round, with up to 4,000 observed during the annual Fall Congregation.The Haines Highway from miles 12–18 (km 19–29) is a popular viewing location.Further readingBugliosi, Edward F. (1988). Hydrologic reconnaissance of the Chilkat River basin, southeast Alaska: with special reference to the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. Anchorage: U.S. Dept. of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey.
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  • My wife and I came to photograph this year's (2016) gathering of bald eagles over Thanksgiving. We were a little spoiled by previous experience photographing eagles in Homer (where they were being fed...  more »
  • Eagle festival has lectures, trips to viewing area, dinner, auction, and special events. Definitely worth the trip. 
  • We came to see the eagles and to see the rehabbed eagles released. There were lots of eagles this year and we really enjoyed seeing them.