Cruise Ship Season Begins
In Southeast Alaska, cruise ship season is in full swing between the months of May and September. Haines hosts large cruise ships once or twice a week, bringing in guests from all over the world. Staff and interns spend the day presenting programs, interacting with guests, and educating with the help of the avian ambassadors.
The ABEF is only about a quarter mile up the road from the cruise ship dock in Haines. Travelers step off the ship and begin their walk into town, the Foundation is one of the first places they see. Tour groups and walk-in visitors explore the aviaries and museum throughout the day, interacting with exhibits and meeting the ambassadors. Programs include natural history talks about local animals, bald eagle chats, and trainer talks with the resident raptors. With four cruise ships in the past week, the ABEF has welcomed almost 2,000 guests from Florida to Australia to England. This season is shaping up to be a busy one, but our staff and interns are prepared and excited to get started!