During our recent visit to Haines, we spent an amazing afternoon at the American Bald Eagle Foundation. Located right on the main road, there is plenty of room for parking.
Once inside this museum, the presentation is amazing. We enjoyed listening and watching Brian give his presentation of the two resident male bald eagles on site. Plus, he took the extra time to answer all of our many questions. The area that the eagles live in is clean with many areas for them to interact within. You can tell that these animals are well cared for and have been given a great home to live in, while providing the public an educational experience!
Next, we walked around the museum. You can find and buy wonderful items in their extensive gift shop!
We continued to walk through into a larger space where staff/interns present to their visitors other beautiful birds that are receiving care in their facility. In particular, we enjoyed the presentation that Ruby gave of "Max" who is a merlin (a type of falcon.) We learned the many details of the this beautiful creature's: eating habits, hunting skills, and other interesting details. The other interns took turns presenting other birds as well through our day. It was a joy to see these animals and to learn more about them.
We moved into a larger room, and sat in the middle of a diorama of the local Chilkat environment. It was beautiful. Many animals, birds, and fish are on display. You can walk through at your own pace, and read all the information about each animal. It is an amazing collection of the local animal population. An extra benefit is having interns come in, bringing with them another bird to introduce you to and to learn about. You can tell that these interns care about the birds that they handle, have learned their information/details about them, and present it to us the visitor in a wonderful, loving way. Afterwards will answer any questions you may ask.
This facility is a non-profit foundation that cares of injured bald eagles and other birds that are unable to be returned to the wild to live. It is an amazing educational facility that both adults and children will enjoy. We appreciate that these individuals are here to care for these beautiful animals.
A must see!!
The Nicholson Family
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