Here are a few more prime spots to learn more about bald eagles and spot them in their natural habitat:
Alton-Audobon Eagle Ice Festival
Alton kicks off its celebration in style Jan. 6 with a visit by a live bald eagle and fun winter-themed activities like Ice Putt Putt Golf and Ice Cube Crush at the Alton Visitor Center. Across the river at the Audobon Center, visitors can view ice sculptures and use spotting scopes to see bald eagles in their natural habitat. The festival is free. Get the details.
Live Bald Eagles
Visit the TreeHouse Wildlife Center (23956 Green Acres Rd., Dow, IL) for a chance to see bald eagles Saturdays and Sundays in January and February. Admission is free. Get the details.
Get a bird's eye view of bald eagles and other wildlife at the Audobon Center at Riverlands (301 Riverlands Way, West Alton, IL). Visitors can watch for bald eagles, trumpeter swans and ducks. Get the details.
Eagle Shuttle Tours
Following these majestic winged birds by foot can be difficult, so why not soar by shuttle? Catch an Eagle Shuttle tour Saturdays in January at the Alton Visitor Center (200 Piasa St., Alton, IL). Shuttle tours are $5 and include information on eagle spotting along with stops at Maple Island, Heron Pond, Ellis Island and the Audobon Center. Get the details.
Bald Eagle Festival at Pere Marquette
Learn more about the life of the bald eagle at the Bald Eagle Festival at Pere Marquette Lodge and Conference Center (13112 Visitor Center Lane, Grafton, IL) 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28. The event includes live music, vendors and more. Tickets for the "Masters of the Sky" show will be available for $3. Get the details.
Eagle Days at the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge
This free event, Jan. 13-14 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., gives families a unique opportunity to watch eagles fishing, riding ice floes, soaring overhead and roosting in nearby trees from Old Chain of Rocks Bridge (10950 Riverview Dr., St. Louis, MO). In addition to viewing bald eagles through scopes on the bridge, visitors can also watch live eagle demonstrations. Get the details.
Eagle Watching Day at Two Rivers
Bring your vehicle for a tour of multiple eagle-watching areas within Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge (1 Hagen Rd., Brussels, IL) Saturday, Feb. 10. Get the details.
Cub Scout and Girl Scout Eagle Days
Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts can learn more about the bald eagle Saturday, Jan. 20 at National Great Rivers Museum (2 Lock and Dam Way, Alton, IL). Registration is required; admission is $5 per child.
Eagle Watch and Trail Walk
Join Friends of Fort Belle Fontaine Park Saturday, Jan. 20 for a guided 3-mile hike to observe eagles. Visitors can see a live eagle and other birds of prey. Meet at the Grand Staircase at Fort Belle Fontaine County Park (13002 Bellefontaine Road, St. Louis MO). Get the details.
Clarksville Eagle Days
Visit Eagle Days in Clarksville Jan. 27-28 for eagle-themed activities. Get the details.
Masters of the Sky
Learn more about eagles, falcons, owls and other birds of prey at Masters of the Sky 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 17-18 at National Great Rivers Museum (2 Lock and Dam Way, Alton, IL). The museum is also a great place to view eagles in the wild. Get the details.
World Eagle Day
Celebrate eagles from around the world at World Bird Sanctuary (125 Bald Eagle Ridge Road, Valley Park, MO) on Sunday, March 25 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Naturalists will make presentations throughout the day. While eagles get top billing on World Eagle Day, you can see bald eagles up close every day at the sanctuary. Get the details.
Editorial Assistant Tyne Benesek contributed to this article.
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