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Alaskan Eagles

Copyright Barbara Samuelson 1997

Eagle soaring above the mountains over the Chilkat River outside of Haines, Alaska.

ea·gle (ź¹gel) noun - Any of various large diurnal birds of prey of the family Accipitridae, including members of the genera Aquila and Haliaeetus, characterized by a powerful hooked bill, keen vision, long broad wings, and strong, soaring flight. The eagle became the National emblem in 1782 when the great seal of the United States was adopted. The eagle was chosen because of its long life, great strength and majestic looks, and also because it was then believed to exist only on this continent.

I visited Alaska at the end of October this year (1996), mainly to see bald eagles. I had not had this in mind until I did a search on the web for sites with information about bald eagles. It was at one of these sites that I found out about Haines, Alaska, and the eagle gathering that occurs every year. From late October through December, the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, between Mileposts 9 and 31 on the Haines Highway, has one of the largest gatherings of bald eagles in the world. More than 3500 of the birds gather to feed on the salmon in the Chilkat River; sometimes as many as 20 eagles roost in a single tree. Once I discovered this, I had to get there! The only ways into and out of Haines, from Juneau, are via small plane or ferry from the Alaska Maritime Highway. I flew to Seattle and from there into Juneau, Alaska, the capitol of Alaska. I went to Juneau to see the Mendenhall Glacier, but saw my first eagles there. I spent two days in Juneau and then went onto Haines via the ferry. The next 6 days were a joy, spent in Haines viewing eagles and the spectacular landscape through sunshine, rain, and snow. The locals were warm and friendly; the weather, cold (but only down to 29 degrees). Needless to say, it was verrrry hard to come home. You can view images from my trip below. Bald Eagle Facts

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Chilkoot
Haines
Chilkat
Fighting
Feeding
Stick
Feeding
Vocalize
Waiting
Juvenile
Ferry
Up River
Haines
Landing
Mtns
Fireweed
Haines
Juneau
Weir
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What to do with an injured bird!

I get lots of emails from folks that have an injured hawk or an injured bird. If you have an injured bird, here's what to do. Call the Humane Society and find a registered, licensed wildlife rehabilitation facility as soon as you can. Follow their instructions.

If you don't know what species of hawk or bird it is, it will be difficult to feed it properly.

If you are in the United States, it is illegal for you to keep and care for any native bird.

I know that you care because you have taken the time to check this page, so please get the bird to a rehabilitation facility as soon as you can.

For further information The Birds of Prey Foundation

How to Locate a Wildlife Rehabilitator: http://www.tc.umn.edu/~devo0028/contact.htm


NEWS! As reported in the October 2000 issue of Birder's World: "In an unexpected move, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced in June that the Bald Eagle would remain on the endangered species list indefinitely while government lawyers study existing federal laws regarding habitat protection."

"Once dropped from the endangered species list, the Bald Eagle would still be protected from being hunted or captured by two federal laws: the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. These laws, however, do not explicitly protect the birds' habitat, which is often threatened by encroaching development."


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