2016-festivalOur Festival schedule for the 22nd annual Alaska Bald Eagle Festival will run November 14-19th, 2016

Below you will find the festival activities schedule. Unless stated otherwise, all events will take place at the American Bald Eagle Foundation Natural History Museum. Subject to change, so stayed tuned for updates.

Festival activities listed below will be at the American Bald Eagle Foundation located on the corner of the Haines Highway and Second Avenue.  Vans to the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve will leave from and return to the American Bald Eagle Foundation museum parking lot.There will be daily natural history presentations, raptor center tours and bald eagle programs, please call or stop in to inquire about our daily schedule.

Monday , November 14th 2016 

8:00-5:00 Festival registration, Diorama and natural history display open and Gift shop open

9:00-12:00 Eagle viewing: round-trip bus transportation to the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve

1:00-4:00 Eagle viewing: round-trip bus transportation to the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve

4:30-6:30 Festival meet & greet. Come meet ABEF staff and some of our avian ambassadors while enjoying beer, wine and hors devours. Non-alcoholic beverages will be available as well.

Tuesday November 15th 2016 

8:00-5:00 Festival registration, Diorama and natural history display open and Gift shop open

9:00-12:00 Eagle viewing: round-trip bus transportation to the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve

1:00-4:00 Eagle viewing: round-trip bus transportation to the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve

4:30-5:30 Eagles and Activities Join  our education and outreach coordinator Chloe Goodson as she talks about her experience with eagle surveys in several places around Haines. She’ll go over eagle numbers and trends before we go into bird-related activities! These activities are fun for the whole family. Attendees will learn quite a few games that highlight conservation practices while having fun. Let’s see how “talon-ted” you are.

5:30-7 Break for dinner, on your own

7:00-8:00   Shannon Donahue executive director of the Great Bear Foundation

Join Donahue for a look at how humans and polar bears coexist in Churchill, Manitoba, the “Polar Bear Capital of the World”. The Western Hudson Bay population of polar bears is one of the world’s southernmost polar bear population, and they spend about 4 months on land each year, when Hudson Bay becomes ice-free. Each October and November, the bears congregate at Cape Churchill, waiting for the first sea ice to form, so they can return to their seal hunting areas.  Learn how the town of about 800 deals with this influx of polar bears—and the people who travel to see them.  Shannon will be freshly back from the annual polar bear ecology field courses she leads in Churchill.

Wednesday, November 16th 2016

8:00-5:00  Festival registration, Diorama and natural history display open and Gift shop open

9:00-12:00 Eagle viewing: round-trip bus transportation to the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve

1:00-4:00  Eagle viewing: round-trip bus transportation to the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve

4:15-6:15 Avian Art on Feathers : Join a very talented artist Carol Clifton and learn how to paint on feathers. Choose your class Nov. 16th or 17th and release your inner artist by painting eagles, owls, hawks or falcons on a turkey feather. This class is limited to 20 seats. Tickets can be purchased for $25.00 each. Your class includes painting supplies,  feathers, drinks and refreshments.

6:00-7:00 Eagle Trivia Night. How well do you really know eagles? Join Museum Coordinator Samantha Wilson and find out your knowledge as we explore the history, behavior, vision, and natural history of bald eagles! Sign up ahead of time to compete with friend. Prizes will be given to the top scoring team. Appetizers and drinks served during the event.

7:15-9:00 Wayne Price, a Tlingit wood carver from Haines, Alaska will be dancing along with the Chilkat Dancers to bring you an evening of Tlingit culture. Price will be bringing a 16 foot dugout canoe he is in the process of carving. He states, “I can help young people save themselves a lot of sadness, heartache, grief, and confusion just by teaching them to create a dugout canoe, with the ability to take the ship out and use it for gathering food, potlatches, races, and journeys to other villages or just down the bay to Battery Point. Then and only then, can I say that my work is done. I want to witness a small page of our history from a time past. I want to stand on a beach and watch the fleet of canoes come around the point, as I listen to songs of joyous music across the water echoing our past. I want to let our ancestors smile down upon us and know we are still here.  I stand before you now as a warrior.” For more on Wayne Price please visit silvercloudart.com/home

Thursday, November 17th 2016

8:00-5:00  Festival registration, Diorama and natural history display open and Gift shop open

9:00-12:00 Eagle viewing: roundtrip bus transportation to Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve

1:00-4:00 Eagle viewing: roundtrip bus transportation to the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve.

4:15-6:15 Avian Art on Feathers : Join a very talented local artist Carol Clifton and learn how to paint on feathers. Choose your class Nov. 16th or 17th and release your inner artist by painting eagles, owls, hawks or falcons on a turkey feather. This class is limited to 20 seats. Tickets can be purchased for $25.00 each. Your class includes painting supplies,  feathers, drinks and refreshments.

6:00-7:00 John Hudson, co-author of “Aquatic Insects in Alaska” and “Dragonflies of Alaska” will present on dragonfly life-history, behavior, and ecology. He will also give guests an introduction to the species of Dragonflies that are found in Alaska.

7:15-9:00 Jeffrey Rich  will be our keynote speaker for the event. Rich’s work as been published in National Wildlife, National Geographic publications and Audubon Magazine.

In his presentation:  Field Techniques for Birders and Nature Photographers Jeffrey will discuss his new book, Birding Inspirations Through My Lens. Afterward, he will be available for questions and a book signing. You can read more about him at www.jeffrichphoto.com

7:00-9:00 Chocolate Extravaganza Buffet and Haines winter bazaar. Gourmet chocolates and desserts are sold by the piece. Help support a local shelter: Becky’s Place Haven of Hope” for female victims of domestic violence and their children. Additionally, local businesses and artisans will be selling their crafts.

Friday, November 18th 2016

8:00-5:00  Festival registration, Diorama and natural history display open and Gift shop open

9:00-12:00 Eagle viewing: roundtrip bus transportation to the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve

1:00-4:00 Eagle viewing: roundtrip bus transportation to the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve

3:15-4:15 Rehabilitation & Bald Eagles: A Yukon & Yukon Wildlife Preserve Perspective by Lindsay Caskenette, Manager of Visitor Services at Yukon Wildlife Preserve in Yukon Territory, Canada.

4:30-5:30  The Role of Glacier Ice as Habitat for Harbor Seals in Tidewater Glacier Fjords in Alaska: Past, Present, and Future by Jamie Womble, wildlife biologist with the National Park Service

Dr. Jamie Womble is marine ecologist and she has been involved in marine mammal research in Alaska for over 15 years. Her research interests are focused on the influence of resources pulses and prey availability on the foraging ecology, diving behavior, and migrations of top marine predators, primarily pinnipeds (seals and sea lions). Jamie currently works with the National Park Service in Juneau where she leads research and monitoring projects on harbor seals, Steller sea lions, and sea otters in coastal parks (Glacier Bay and Wrangell St. Elias National Parks) in Alaska.

7:00-8:00  Migratory Bird Treaty Centennial: 100 Years of Conservation

Can you imagine a time when the sky was blackened from thousands of birds as far as the eye could see? What happened to these massive flocks of feathered friends and how did their disappearance influence bird conservation around the globe? Join Rich Capitan of Wild Science for a look back at the history of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA), why it was enacted 100 years ago, and how it saved many of the birds that call Alaska home. Follow the plight of the Buff-breasted Sandpiper, learn how the MBTA helped and didn’t help this arctic-breeding shorebird, and discover what current research has taught us about this magnificent migrant.

8:00-10:00  Square Dancing at the American Bald Eagle Foundation with a local group. They have developed an enjoyable, unique, quality repertoire that is old timey and beyond to Square Dance to or just enjoy the Music!

 Saturday, November 19th

8:00-5:00  Festival registration, Diorama and Natural History Display open and Gift shop open

8:30-9:30 Join our education and outreach coordinator, Chloe Goodson and Rich Capitan of Wild Science Alaska for a bird walk throughout Haines. On this guided tour you may have a chance to see surf scoter, bufflehead, Barrow’s goldeneye, black-billed magpies, Stellar’s jays and more! Please check in by 8:15 a.m. Make sure to dress warmly.

10:00-12:00 Eagle viewing: round-trip bus transportation to the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve

1:00-4:00 Eagle viewing: round-trip bus transportation to the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve

1:30 -3:00 Join us at 19 mile Haines Highway for a Tlingit ceremonial presentation followed by the release of rehabilitated eagles from Bird Treatment & Learning Center in Anchorage. You can bid for your chance to release one of the eagles. Tlingit native dancers will be giving the eagles a special sendoff prior to the release.

4:00-6:00 Flight For Freedom auction preview. Our diorama will be open for you to view our large auction items and you can begin to bid on the silent auction items. Beer and wine will be for sale by the Bamboo Room all evening.

6:00 to 10:00 Flight for Freedom banquet and fundraiser auction. Venison or Halibut  catered by the Pilotlight followed by our Flight For Freedom Silent and Live Auction