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Eagles congregate near the Starved Rock Lock and Dam. Chris Young/The State Journal-Register

Bald eagle events on tap statewide

December 19, 2010 at 11:53 AM

The State Journal-Register

Bald eagle festivals

Illinois boasts that it is home to the largest concentration of wintering bald eagles in the lower 48 states.
It’s hard to argue when eagles congregate around locks and dams on the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers to fish when the rest of the river is frozen.
Eagles can be seen just about any time from now through February, but for those who need help, there are organized events just about every weekend. Here is a sampling.

Jan. 9
A bald eagle festival at Pere Marquette State Park just north of Grafton will be held from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Call (618) 786-2331.

Jan. – March
Eagle driving tours are available many days throughout the winter at Pere Marquette State Park.
Eagle viewing programs will begin with a video presentation at 8:30 a.m. in the visitor center.
Dress for the weather and come with a full tank of gas. Reservations are required.
Call (618) 786-3323 for available dates.

Every Saturday in January
The World Bird Sanctuary will bring a bald eagle to the Alton Visitors Center from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. for people to view up close and take pictures. Call (800) 258-6645.
http://www.greatriverroad.com/eagles/eagleevents.htm

Jan. 7 – 9
Quad City Conservation Alliance will hold its annual Bald Eagle Days at the QCCA Expo Center in Rock Island. The cost is $5 for adults and $1 for kids six and up. Visit: http://www.qccaexpocenter.com.

Jan. 15-16
Eagles Days at the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge across the Mississippi River just south of Interstate 270 on the north edge of St. Louis. An associated event will be held at the Columbia Bottoms Conservation Area that allows eagles to be viewed from a different vantage point. Hours for both events are 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Call (314) 877-1309.

Bald eagle appreciation days will be held in Keokuk, Ia. Viewing hours at Victory Park are 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Related programs exhibits will be available .at the River City Mall will be from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Jan. 22-23
Bald Eagle Watch Weekend will be held at the lodge of Starved Rock State Park and the Illinois Waterway Visitor Center directly across the Illinois River. Live birds of prey programs are scheduled at both venues. Volunteers with spotting scopes will be at the visitor center. Nature programs, exhibitors and crafts for kids will be held at the lodge.
Visit: http://www.illinoisaudubon.org/MAINLINKS/EVENTS/baldeagleweekend.html.

Feb. 5
Bald Eagle Day activities will be held at the Riverfront Park in Havana and at Dickson Mounds across the Illinois River near Lewistown. Eagle viewing and activities for kids will be held from 8 a.m. – noon at the new nature center on the riverfront. For more information, call Dickson Mounds at (309) 547-3721.

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