Deer Mountain Tribal Hatchery & Eagle Center
Where else can you see bald eagles hunt and feed on salmon while you watch, and salmon fighting to swim against the current to reach the hatchery pools?
Established in 1954, the center helps preserve the health of Alaska’s salmon population by hatching, rearing and releasing hundreds of thousands of healthy specimens each year. Steelhead, king salmon and coho salmon are spawned, a portion of them tagged or fin clipped so they can be traced.
Around a dozen birds live at the center, either rescued or rehabilitated after injury. They include bald eagles, owls, hawks, peregrine falcons and golden eagles.
Educational and fun, a visit to the center reveals little-known facts about the salmon life cycle and hatchery. Guided tours also visit the eagle compound.