I am currently working on a new documentary that explores the many complex issues involving the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) and why this should concern all Americans. You can learn more about this multi-year team project by clicking: Battle for ANWR.

Following a genre made popular by two filmmakers studying Audiovisual Media at the Stuttgart Media University in Germany, this short film has no narration, people, or dialogue - only nature speaks as it has done for millennia. For news coverage on this film, click Islander News. My primary goal for this short film was to make a visual poem for the residents of this urban island community whose often busy lives prevent them from taking notice of the ecosystem at their doorstep which can easily be placed in peril by inaction on its protection.

Not long ago, the Bald Eagle came face to face with extinction. Hope sparked a great grassroots conservation achievement. Today the Bald Eagle is a symbol of hope for other species facing extinction. The bald eagles I highlighted in this short film are part of the largest gathering of bald eagles on Earth near the Tlingit Village of Klukwan, Alaska during early winter.

For information on how to help protect this pristine ecosystem, please visit and support the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council.

For additional information about Alaska’s Bald Eagles, please visit and support the American Bald Eagle Foundation.

New Alaska Bald Eagle Stills

For centuries, the Bald Eagle has played a prominent role in the culture of the Tlingit people in Southeast Alaska. Together with the Raven, the Bald Eagle brings balance to the Tlingit social structure, and stories of these two moieties continue to this day to be passed along from parents to children. During early winter, the area near the Tlingit Village of Klukwan, Alaska hosts the largest concentration of Bald Eagles on Earth. The eagles gather to feast on an early winter Chum Salmon spawning run. Due to a geological condition under an alluvial fan where the Chilkat, Tsirku, and Klehini rivers meet, the water remains ice free, providing sustenance to the eagles which feed on the salmon and the trumpeter swans which feed on the salmon eggs during what is normally a very difficult season for wildlife. The event takes place against breathtaking and remote Alaskan landscapes during a season of unpredictable and occasionally severe weather which adds to the beauty of the land but makes photography and filming a chancy and complicated endeavor.

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