Our Festival schedule for the 22nd annual Alaska Bald Eagle Festival  for the 22nd Alaska Bald Eagle Festival will run November 14-20th, 2016

 

Welcome to the 22nd Alaska Bald Eagle Festival!

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.

Monday , November 14th, 2016 

8:00-5:00 Festival registration

8:00-5:00 Diorama and natural history display open

8:00-5:00  Gift shop open

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

11:00-11:30 Natural History Presentation to learn about Southeast Alaskan wildlife with an ABEF staff member

1:00-1:30 Join us for a walk through our newly re-designed aviaries and learn about raptors with an ABEF staff member. (First come availability, limited to 15 people).

1:30-2:30 Take a “walk” through the natural history of the Chilkat Valley with founder David Olerud while he presents in the ABEF diorama.

 2:30 Eagle Program

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

5:00-7:00 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

8:00-5:00 Diorama and natural history display open

8:00-5:00 Gift shop open

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

11:00-12:00  Natural History Presentation  to learn about Southeast Alaskan wildlife with an ABEF staff member

1:00-1:30 Walk with our staff through our newly re-designed aviaries and learn about raptors with an ABEF staff member. (First come availability, limited to 15 people).

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

2:30  Eagle Program

3:00-3:30 An ABEF staff member will present with one of our avian ambassadors

4:30-5:30 Presentation: The Eagles Return: Research about the Fall Migration of  Bald eagles to the Chilkat Valley by Haines-Young Scientist & Resident volunteers TBA

7:00-9:00   Presentation TBA

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

8:00-5:00  Festival registration

8:00-5:00  Diorama and natural history display open

8:00-5:00  Gift shop open

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

12:00-12:30 An ABEF staff member will present with one of our avian ambassadors

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

1:00-2:30 Take a “walk” through the natural history of the Chilkat Valley with founder David Olerud while he presents in the ABEF diorama.

2:30 Eagle Program

4:00-5:00 Presentation Eagle Behavior: Ever wondered what an eagle is doing when it shakes out its feathers or stands on only one leg? Education & outreach coordinator Leia Minch will be presenting on different behaviors and displays you are likely to see when viewing eagles on the preserve, and throughout different times of the year.

5:00-7:00  Haines winter bazaar. Local businesses and artisans will be selling and sharing their crafts and Alaskan items.

7:00-9:00 Wayne Price, a Tlingit wood carver from Haines, Alaska will be our guest speaker. He will be dancing along with the Chilkat Dancers to give 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 12th, 2015

8:00-5:00  Festival registration

8:00-7:00  Diorama and natural history display open

8:00-5:00  Gift shop open

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

8:30-10:30  Birding walk with raptor curator Chloe Goodson  and ornithologist Al Batt. They will take you on a birding tour here in town to spot and learn about our birds in the area

11:30-12:30 Walk with our staff through our newly re-designed aviaries and learn about raptors with an ABEF staff member. (First come availability, limited to ten people).

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

2:30 Eagle Program

3:00-4:00 Alaska State Parks Ranger Travis Russell will be talking about Alaska State Park’s role in the 21st annual Bald Eagle Festival on the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. We ask that all festival attendees come to this talk to learn about etiquette while out in the field observing and photographing eagles.

4:00-6:00 Avian art and anatomy part one: Join ABEF education & outreach coordinator Leia Minch and museum curator Samantha Wilson for a two-part class first learning avian anatomy, then applying these principles to drawing birds in the field or in your home. In part one Minch will teach you distinct details about avian anatomical functions. In part two, you will then apply your anatomical knowledge to artistic concepts as Wilson teaches you how to draw birds.

7:00-9:00 Jeffrey Rich; As seen in National Wildlife, National geographic publications, and Audubon  Presentation . “Field Techniques for Birders and nature Photographers”  Jeffrey with discuss his new book “The Complete Guide to Bird photography”  Afterward, he will be available for questions and a book signing.

7:00-9:00 Chocolate Extravaganza Buffett. Gourmet Chocolates and desserts are sold by the piece. Indulge yourself in Chocolate and help support a local shelter: Becky’s Place Haven of Hope” for female victims of domestic violence and their children.

Friday, November 13th

8:00-5:00  Festival registration

8:00-7:00  Diorama and natural history display open

8:00-7:00  Gift shop open

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

10:00-11:00 Learn about Southeast Alaskan wildlife with an ABEF staff member.       

12:00-1:00 Walk  with our staff through our newly re-designed aviaries and learn about raptors with an ABEF staff member. (First come availability, limited to ten people).    

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

2:30 Eagle Program

3:00-4:00  TBA presentation

4:00-6:00 Avian art and anatomy part two: Join ABEF education & outreach coordinator Leia Minch and museum curator Samantha Wilson for a two-part class first learning avian anatomy, then applying these principles to drawing birds in the field or in your home. In part one Minch will teach you distinct details about avian anatomical functions. In part two, you will then apply your anatomical knowledge to artistic concepts as museum curator Samantha Wilson teaches you how to draw birds.

5:00-7:00 Fundraiser Chilli Cook Off by the Haines Senior Center held at the American Bald Eagle Foundation. Try different types of chili with moose, elk, bison or caribou. For $15 per person, you get unlimited, salad and corn bread. Afterward, there will a dessert auction.

7:00-10:00 Entertainment   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 14th 

8:00-5:00  Festival registration

8:00-7:00  Diorama and Natural History Display

8:00-7:00  Gift shop open

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

9:00-10:00 Walk with our staff through our newly re-designed aviaries and learn about raptors with an ABEF staff member. (First come availability, limited to ten people).

10:30-11:30 For the Love of Salmon with Samantha Wilson
You will learn some of the natural history of the five pacific salmon in Haines and how they have shaped Alaskan History. How did salmon push Alaska to become a state? What animals were persecuted for their perceived impacts on salmon? How have salmon impacted foreign policy? Find out all this and more!

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 send-off prior to the release.

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

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

 Sunday, November 15th

8:00-12:00 Gift shop open

8:00-12:00 Diorama and natural history display open

9:00-10:00 Eagle Program

10:30 -11:30 Learn about Southeast Alaskan wildlife with an ABEF staff member

11:30-12:00 Watch an avian ambassador train with their handler, photography OK.

Please note that the schedule will be a little different this year due to changing needs of guests.