Commentator from Haines goes national

Posted: Wednesday, November 07, 2001

An article called "Eagle Eyes" in the November-December issue of Coastal Living magazine tells tourists Outside about the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve near Haines, the annual Alaska Bald Eagle Festival and "the endearing small-town quality" of festival events and Heather Lende.

Commentator Lende is described as "Haines' own Garrison Keillor," and the article's author, the magazine's travel editor, Steve Millburg, notes that she has been featured on NPR's Morning Edition. Lende takes part in the festival Nov. 7-11 this year by reading some of her stories of life in Alaska, with piano accompaniment by Nancy Nash. For more, see

Haines has a population of 2,500 people, and 3,000 eagles a good reason to pay it a visit.

Millburg gets to meet an injured male eagle up close and realizes he's not in Kansas any more: "Standing 3 feet tall, it looks straight at me, half a wingspan away. I've seen lions and tigers up close in zoos. I once petted a leashed panther that suddenly snarled and bared its fangs inches from my face. But I've never felt more like prey than I do right now, staring into those unblinking golden eyes."

For more on Haines, see For more about the festival, call 766-2202 or visit

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