Our 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

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, 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 Presentation: TBA

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 Kelleen Adams 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.

6-7 TBA entertainment

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 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 artist Kelleen Adams 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.

5-6 TBA entertainment

7:00-9:00 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. 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 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  TBA presentation

4:30-5:30 TBA presentation

7-8 TBA presentation

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 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

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