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Allison Stuart points out a bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) to Maggie Martin (left) along the Chilkoot River near Haines, Alaska. Stuart and Martin were part of a class team conducting a weekly count of bald eagles during the fall as part of a citizen science project class at the Haines School. Behind the car are Ella Bredthauer, Haines Middle School science teacher and Meredith Pochardt, Takshanuk Watershed Council project manager. The project is part of a field-based for-credit class, sponsored by the Takshanuk Watershed Council, in which students participate in research studies and learn about field data collection. Under the guidance of Pam Randles, Takshanuk Watershed Council Education Director, students count bald eagles in the Chilkat River Valley using spotting scopes at 10 locations and present their data at the Bald Eagle Festival held in November in Haines. During late fall, bald eagles congregate along the Chilkat River to feed on salmon. This gathering of bald eagles in the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve is believed to be one of the largest gatherings of bald eagles in the world.
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