Bald eagle festivals on tap this winter
January 14, 2014 at 12:47 PM
Prairie State Outdoors
Bald eagle events are queued up just about every weekend for the next three to four weeks on the Illinois and Mississippi River.
Looks like it’s time for a road trip.
Pere Marquette State Park
Bald eagle tours are being offered again this winter at Pere Marquette State Park near Grafton.
Tours are conducted on selected dates through March 7. Participants will be taken on an auto tour of sites along the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers where eagles congregate during winter.
In all, 17 eagle tours will be conducted.
All programs begin at the Pere Marquette Visitor Center at 8:30 a.m.
Reservations are required. Call (618) 786-3323.
For a complete schedule of tour dates, see the brochure at: http://tinyurl.com/pmeagletour.
Bald Eagle Appreciation Days will be Saturday and Sunday with activities along Keokuk, Iowa’s riverfront and in the River City Mall.
Personnel from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Lee County Conservation Board and the Iowa DNR will be at observation points in Victory Park on the Mississippi River, and at the Southside Boat Club.
Wildlife, conservation and environmental agencies will exhibit in the River City Mall.
Visit http://www.keokukiowatourism.org or call (319) 524-5599.
Eagle Watch Sundays will be held at the Audubon Center at Riverlands, 201 Riverlands Way, West Alton on Sunday and Jan. 26, Feb. 2 and 9.
A live raptor will be on hand for “Raptor Saturdays,” Saturday and Jan. 25, Feb. 1 and 8.
Hours for both are 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Call (636) 899-0900.
The 17th Annual Illinois Audubon Society Bald Eagle Watch Weekend will be held Jan. 25-26 at the Starved Rock Lodge and Illinois Waterway Visitor Center near Utica.
Live birds of prey programs will be offered at both locations.
At the lodge, presentations by the World Bird Sanctuary are at 10 a.m., Noon, 2 and 4 p.m. each day.
An “Illinois Birds of Prey” program by the Illinois Raptor Center will be presented at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
A shuttle trolley is available to transport attendees between locations.
Parking at all sites is free.
Havana and Lewistown
The annual Eagle Day Festival will be held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 8 at Dickson Mounds Museum, downtown Lewistown, the Havana riverfront and the Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge.
Activities include art and poetry competitions, crafts for kids, live raptor programs and bird watching.
The auto tour at the Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge north of Havana will be open from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.