Fewer bald eagles arriving in Alton area

January 11, 2012 at 11:28 AM

ALTON — Fewer eagles are landing in the Alton, Ill., area so far this winter, raising concerns about a drop in winter tourism in the region.

Scott Isringhausen, an eagle guide at Pere Marquette State Park, says the region is a great stopping place for eagles that leave the north when water freezes over. But with this winter’s mild weather, fewer birds have arrived.

That’s been frustrating for bird watchers and others who depend on tourism during the winter months.

Isringhausen tells KMOX between 20 and 30 eagles are at the park now. He’s optimistic that as the weather cools, more eagles will arrive and stay in the area until early March.

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