The Alaskan Town FULL of Bald Eagles


– There are so many eagles here. Bald eagles are our national bird and, for most people in the US, they’re a rare and magnificent sighting. But, for us, it’s just
part of our daily lives. Everybody in town has an eagle story. I’m Carlin Enlow. Born and raised in Unalaska. And I am the Unalaska Visitor’s
Bureau executive director. Even though our island
is almost 80 miles long, there are nearly 600 birds
in just a few square miles. Which is crazy. There’s an unnatural amount of birds here because we contribute
to their food source. These bald eagles are so amazing. And we love seeing them. But, when they’re involved
in your daily life, they can make running errands
or your work really difficult. – Doing something as simple as mailing a letter can be dangerous. I’m Officer Wood with the Unalaska Department of Public Safety. Our department put up these signs to warn the community about the dangers of the nesting eagles, which are right next to the post office. Eagles have been known to
swoop down and attack people. They’re very territorial and they’re just trying
to protect their nests. The eagle’s nest is right there. And here is the post office. Some people have been hurt
during these incidents. But I’ve also heard some funny stories. – I’m Pam Aus and I run Bingo
here at the senior center every other Sunday. I was carrying this box. It had some of my Bingo stuff in it. All of a sudden, a wing hit my head. The talons came down, grabbed the box, and flew down the street. And I never saw my Bingo box again. But, if you wanna see
a whole lotta eagles, you go to the landfill. – I’m Steve Bastick. I work at the City of Unalaska Landfill. One of my favorite places to be. Also, one of the eagles’
favorite places to be. I know that eagles are
scavengers and predators. So, they like trash, too. They’ll pick at whatever
they think might be food. – My name is Bob Wilson. I’ve been fishing out of the
Bering Sea and Dutch Harbor for 40 years. Dutch Harbor is one of the largest fishing ports in the world. Every time we pull in, we know
the eagles are waiting for us so they can steal our
fish as we offload it. Do I think they’re pests? Oh, absolutely. But they’re cool pests. So, that’s okay. They make a mess of my boat, which is kind of the bad part. But they are our national
bird and we love them anyway. How’s that?

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