Here are a few more prime spots to learn more about bald eagles and spot them in their natural habitat:
Live Bald Eagles
Visit the TreeHouse Wildlife Center (23956 Green Acres Rd., Dow, IL, 62022) for bald eagle presentations Saturdays and Sundays in January and February. Admission is free. Get the details.
Audobon Center "Birds of Winter"
Get a bird's eye view of bald eagles and other wildlife at the Audobon Center at Riverlands (301 Riverlands Way, West Alton, IL, 63386). Visitors can watch for bald eagles, trumpeter swans and ducks. Sundays in January the World Bird Sanctuary will bring a bald eagle ambassador to visit. 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, 62002). 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 Days at Pere Marquette
Learn more about the life of the bald eagle with presentations throughout January and February at Pere Marquette State Park (13112 Visitor Center Lane, Grafton, IL, 62037). Bald Eagle Days begin at 8:30 a.m. and include a brief video, followed by a presentation and then a drive to a local viewing area, so be sure to have a full tank of gas. The event is free but reservations are required. Get the details.
Eagle Days at the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge
This free event, Jan. 14-15 from 9 a.m. to 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, 63137). In addition to viewing bald eagles through scopes on the bridge, there will also be live eagle demonstrations. Get the details.
Eagle Watching with a Ranger
Bring your vehicle and meet a ranger for a tour of multiple areas to eagle watch within Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge (1 Hagen Rd., Brussels, IL, 62013). Eagle Watching with a Ranger will be offered Jan. 7, Jan. 14 and Feb. 4. Get the details.
Cub Scout Eagle Days
Scout groups can learn more about the bald eagle Saturday, Jan. 21 at National Great Rivers Museum (2 Lock and Dam Way, Alton, IL, 62002). Scouts will enjoy guided tours and eagle watching from the top of the Melvin Price Locks and Dam. Registration is required; admission is $5 per child. Get the details.
Eagle Watch and Trail Walk
Join Friends of Fort Belle Fontaine Park Saturday, Jan. 21 for a guided three-mile hike to observe eagles. There will be a live eagle on display, as well as other birds of prey. Meet at the Grand Staircase at Fort Bellefontaine County Park, (13002 Bellefontaine Road, St. Louis MO 63138). Get the details.
Clarksville Eagle Days
Visit Eagle Days in Clarksville Jan. 28-29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy live eagle presentations and activities for children, spot eagles with help from volunteers and spotting scopes and much more. Get the details.
Masters of the Sky
Masters of the Sky is Feb. 18-19 at National Great Rivers Museum (2 Lock and Dam Way, Alton, IL, 62002). Show times are 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. and admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children 12 and under, and free for kids 3 and under. 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, 63088) on Sunday, March 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Naturalists will make presentations throughout the day, and live eagle shows will be presented in the amphitheater. While eagles get top billing on World Eagle Day, you can see bald eagles up close every day at the sanctuary. Stop by for Keeper Talks on Saturdays and Sundays to learn more about all of the birds that live at World Bird Sanctuary. Get the details.
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