“A bird is safe in its nest,
but that is not what its wings are made for.”
Every year in October there is an amazing congregation of bald eagles in the Chilkat Valley. Hundreds if not thousands of these stately birds are attracted from as far as Oregon to gather in the spawning ground of chum salmon. In an amazing twist of evolution salmon have found a place late in the year that does not freeze over and is supporting the survival of fertilized salmon eggs. For the adult salmon that also means the end of their life cycle. Their internal clock is set to expire once they have reached their birth place, laid eggs and fertilized them. For the eagles that means easy prey at a difficult time. Many other rivers freeze over and fish become inaccessible to the birds.