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An Alaskan Mine Threatens the Site of the World's Largest Gathering of Bald Eagles

In the Chilkat Valley, eagles, bears, and people depend on healthy salmon runs. A proposed mine could put the entire ecosystem at risk.

Every autumn the largest congregation of Bald Eagles on the planet flocks to the northern Alaskan panhandle to feast on spawning salmon in the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. As many as 4,000 of the imposing raptors hunch in frosty trees, dropping grandly onto gravel bars where they screech and squabble over fish carcasses alongside gorging grizzlies. The 48,000-acre preserve, which Audubon Alaska helped establish, has protected this sweeping valley since 1982.

But the health of water flowing into this eagles’ Eden is at risk. A Canadian mining company, Constantine Metal Resources, has set its sights on a massive copper- and zinc-rich sulfide deposit upriver. It could break ground this year—an outcome many fear would irreparably alter this salmon-rich watershed, and the eagles, bears, and people that depend on it.



Boreal Forests

In Canada’s Boreal Forest, a New National Park Faces the Wrongs of the Past—and Guards Our Climate Future

Thaidene Nëné, declared this summer, is a milestone for an Indigenous-led conservation movement that can help keep carbon in the ground and protect crucial habitat as the planet warms.

This Bird Breeding Haven Could Be Next in Line for Arctic Oil Drilling

Current rules protect Alaska’s Teshekpuk Lake and its throngs of waterbirds. The Trump Administration is rewriting them.

A Controversial Minnesota Mine Finds New Life Under President Trump

The Interior Department recently approved a project previously deemed too great an environmental risk in the bird-rich Boundary Waters wilderness.

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