Eagles flock to Chilkat River, photographers flock to eagles (KTOO)
Every year, thousands of bald eagles flock to a stretch of the Chilkat River about 20 miles north of Haines. That part of the river stays ice-free longer than the rest. The eagles fly there for a late chum salmon run. It’s thought to be the largest gathering of eagles in the world.
Dozens of people travel to witness the eagle gathering each year, filling up almost every hotel room in Haines. The town holds a week-long Bald Eagle Festival to capitalize on the influx of visitors. This year, it started on November 10th and ends on the 16th.
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