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 travel 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.
Video of 100+ bald eagles.
Eagle Watching on the Mississippi River 2020 Bald Eagle Watching 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.
Great places to see bald eagles on national wildlife refuges.
Bald eagle watching in Wisconsin - bald eagle watching events.
Bald eagle watching maps in Minnesota - Wabasha, MN area, Redwing, MN area
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.
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Bald eagle disturbance sensitivity chart during the nesting cycle.
Bald eagle nesting seasons.
Report a bald eagle with a wing tag here: https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/BBL/bblretrv/
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