Group of bald eagles near Haines, Alaska
© Marion Vollborn/Minden Picture
A convocation of eagles assembles. Alaska Bald Eagle Festival
Each November as many as 4,000 bald eagles descend on the Chilkat River near Haines, Alaska, to feed on the late run of chum and coho salmon that have died shortly after spawning in the ‘flats’ of the river. It’s a feast for birds and birders alike, as the raptors tear into a never-ending supply of tasty fish. It’s the largest congregation of eagles in the world, and as such is celebrated by the Alaska Bald Eagle Festival. The event features live raptor demonstrations, educational programs, guided hikes, and live music.