Take Us Along Winner

Jerry Bass

This week's Take Us Along winner is Jerry Bass of Blue River, Wis. He took Wisconsin Auto & RV along on a trip to the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve in Alaska. He is shown at the state park's sign with a copy of the magazine.

The park, located near Haines, was established in 1982 and covers 49,320 acres along the Chilkat, Klehini and Tsirku rivers. It is home to the world's largest concentration of bald eagles - some 200 to 400 birds live there year long and up to 4,000 can be observed during the annual fall congregation. Visitors to the park are told to keep a low profile as they enjoy watching the birds and the animals in the park. Dawn and dusk are the best times for viewing and the visitors should look for clues such as tracks, droppings, trails and twigs. As always, visitors are instructed to never feed wild animals. Since parts of the Chilkat River don't freeze, it's an ideal place for the eagles to seek food. Thus the park is ideal for viewing the birds as over 3,000 eagles can be seen between mid-October and January. Thanks for taking us along!