|American Bald Eagle Information
Where to View Bald Eagles
When viewing eagles, please stay in your vehicle, unless you're visiting a manned eagle observation deck; your vehicle acts as an excellent blind. People walking around or toward a perched eagle will chase it off its roost; an eagle requires a lot of energy to survive in the cold winter temperatures.
Bald eagles can be found in every state except Hawaii. In the lower 48 states, they are more prevalent in Florida, Wisconsin, Washington, Minnesota, Oregon, and Michigan; the largest concentration in North America is in Alaska and British Columbia.
For people seeking to see bald eagles in large numbers, the greatest concentration occurs in mid-October through December on the Chilkat River near Haines, Alaska. The salmon run attracts three to four thousand bald eagles, which gather along a four mile stretch of the river located in the 48,000 acre Alaska Chilkat Eagle Preserve. There's a concentration of 200,000 to 500,000 chum salmon on the Chilkat late in the year. Even when the salmon aren't running, the Haines area is a good place to see eagles.
Alaska is a long way to go for someone who would just like to see bald eagles; an alternative is the Northern Mississippi valley during January and February. As many as five thousand bald eagles winter on the river between Cairo, Illinois and St. Paul, Minnesota.
|| Several communities host bald eagle festivals. During the month of January, one can attend the Quad Cities Bald Eagle Days, Clinton Bald Eagle Watch, Dubuque Bald Eagle Watch in Iowa, Keokuk Bald Eagle Days in Iowa, Muscatine Bald Eagle Watch in Iowa, LeClaire Bald Eagle Watch, and the Quincy Bald Eagle Watch. In February, the Hampton Bald Eagle Watch in IL.
Eagle Watching on the Mississippi River
2013 Bald Eagle Watch Events. Bald eagles winter along the Mississippi near the lock and dams. Bald Eagle Watches occur throughout January and February, but eagles can be seen from mid December through early March.
For those who go south in the winter, Emory, Texas hosts January Eagle Fest with a juried art exhibit and barge tours of lakes where eagles gather.
In Canada, from mid November through mid February thousands of bald eagles gather along the Squamish, Mamquam and Cheakamus rivers near Brackendale and Squamish, British Columbia to feast on spawning salmon. Brackendale and Squamish are located about 45 minutes north of Vancouver on Hwy 99.
|Bald Eagle Viewing Directory|
The bald eagle viewing directory wouldn't exist without the help of those who were kind enough to share their bald eagle sightings. Thank you!
PLEASE INCLUDE THE STATE OR PROVINCE as well as general location where your bald eagle sighting occurred. To protect the welfare of the young, bald eagle nesting locations will not be included among the viewing directory sightings.
Share your bald eagle sighting from the beginning of September through the end of February.
Email addresses remain confidential; once your eagle sighting has been entered into the directory, your email will be deleted.
Due to nesting season, the bald eagle viewing directory is closed annually from March through August.
Bald eagle disturbance sensitivity chart during the nesting cycle.
Bald eagle nesting seasons.
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Newfoundland - Just this morning (March 17 2004) On frozen Quidi Vidi Lake here on the east coast of Canada, capital city of Newfoundland, St. John's. There was at least one pair and perhaps as many as five, which I had seen 5 days ago. On that day I thought they were Goldens, but this morning I got closer and I am 100% sure they were Balds. I was in such awe.
The lake is littered with gull carcasses, they are clearly killing and eating the gulls, even though I have not seen them kill one.
Saskatchewan - I saw one perched in a tree about three miles west of Battleford, Saskatchewan last week. We see them from time to time near here in the summer months. This was my first sighting in winter and its been cold--minus thirty last week.
Bald Eagle sighting Brightsand Lake Saskatchewan Canada. October 15 2012.
2 mature adults, 2 immature young.
2nd year in a row they have been sighted at this time of year.
We saw an eagle on our power pole at our farm this morning. We are at the edge of the Qu'Appelle Valley between Craven and Southey, in Saskatchewan. Although it was a very big bird, I do not think it was as large as the golden eagles we see here. We have had bald eagles here in the spring and fall migration, but it seems early for that. This bird seemed a bit "scruffy", did not have a white head or tail, but had pale bars on the underside of the wings as it flew over us. I think the rump and throat were paler than the rest of the bird. I thought it might be an immature bald eagle. Temperature was - 15 C, gentle S wind, light cloud. 10 Feb. 2010
Just came back from a deer hunting trip to southern saskatchewan. My two hunting partners and I observed a large adult golden eagle attacking an antelope. The eagle had attached itself to the back of the antelope. The eagle eventually let go, but the antelope appeared to be injured in the attack. From the little I've read, golden eagles do not normally attack such a large prey but this eagle sure did.
I wished I'd had a camera to capture it.
Dave Vella, Burlington, Ontario