Everyone loves the great American Bald Eagle, right? They are a symbol of our country, our freedoms – and they’re pretty cool to look at! Have you ever seen an American Bald Eagle nest? They are GIGANTIC! Out of all of the places in the United States to see American Bald Eagles, one place that is often overlooked to see Bald Eagles is in Alaska. The great state of Alaska has the largest American Bald Eagle population in the entire nation! If you were to combine the numbers of eagles in all the other states, Alaska still has more! Alaska has one of the Bald Eagles favorite foods – salmon. When the salmon are running in the summer months, be prepared to see hundreds of Bald Eagles soaring above. Here are the top spots to see Bald Eagles in Alaska.
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Top Spots to See Bald Eagles in Alaska
Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, Haines
The Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve was created in 1982. Alaska set aside 48,000 acres in the Chilkat Valley, just outside of Haines, to protect the largest gathering of Bald Eagles in the world. During October to February there are more than 3000 eagles feeding on spawning chum salmon. Throughout the rest of the year there are between 200-400 Bald Eagles that call this area their permanent homes. Want to see a Bald Eagle while in Alaska? The Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve needs to be number one on your list.
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The Bald Eagles numbers have steadily increased over the years on the Kenai Peninsula. On the Homer Spit watch these beautiful birds snatch up the scraps from a local fishing cannery. In Seward, head down to the waterfront and watch them soar up above. Then there are the ones that fly over the Kenai River hunting for spawning salmon. Typically, when you see one, you will easily see a dozen circling together. It is quite the sight to see!
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Denali National Park
Bald Eagles can be found in Denali National Park. They are primarily located on the south side of the Alaska Range. Look for them along waterways, rivers, and lakes. Often times you might spot their cousin the Golden Eagle whose numbers are a bit higher in this area.
Angeline and I went to Alaska a few years ago while I was working with Nokia to launch one of their new phones. Oh boy, what a trip that was!!!
We didn’t actually see any American Bald Eagles, but we saw plenty of other wildlife.
Ah…Alaska. It has always been a dream of mine to go on an Alaskan cruise. I love the outdoors, I love cruising, I love wildlife – so an Alaskan cruise was definitely the way I wanted to see this place that is so far away from us here in Miami that even though it’s part of the United States, it seems like a foreign country. When Microsoft invited my family on an all-expenses paid Alaskan Cruise, I about fainted! While Chris wasn’t able to get the time off from work to join us, Angeline and I packed our bags full of sweaters, boots and down jackets and headed to Seattle to embark on the experience of a lifetime…
We had brought along our binoculars for spotting wildlife, but the water was so smooth and the whales were so close that we didn’t really need to use them that often. I have had LASIK eye surgery, so I didn’t need them at all, but Angeline used them to spot the whales that were out in the distance.
Alaska is unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. I’ve spent time in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina, the forests of Costa Rica, the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. But nothing could have prepared me for Alaska. You grow up hearing about the vast Alaskan wilderness, the wildlife everywhere, a land remote, isolate and inviting all at once.
And the glaciers? They were pretty spectacular in their own right. Of course I’d never seen a glacier in person before and I was startled by the bright blue color deep within the glacier itself, which became even more beautiful as we experienced a capping! I know that the term is White Thunder, when a piece of the glacier breaks off and falls into the sea – forming an iceberg. But wow, is the name incredibly spot on! Imagine a deep, rolling thunder and then SPLASH as the ice hits the water!
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