SCHELL CITY Mo -- In winter, Missouri is an excellent state to view bald eagles. During the winter, the state’s small resident eagle population is swelled by migrating birds from the north to often increase the numbers to more 2,000 eagles.
People will have an excellent opportunity to learn more about bald eagles at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Eagle Days event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4, and will feature an indoors and outdoors program. At the indoors portion of the event, which will be at the Schell City Rural Volunteer Fire Department Building in Schell City, people will have opportunities to view a live captive bald eagle and a live captive golden eagle furnished by Dickerson Park Zoo of Springfield and to see programs conducted by docents from the zoo. The Schell City Community Club will be serving food and refreshments next door at the Schell City Community Center.
Spotting scopes will also be set up at various locations on the nearby Schell-Osage Conservation Area in the hopes to catch views of the live bald eagles that winter there. People can also see a nest on the area where several eaglets have been raised.
For more information about this Eagle Days event, call MDC's El Dorado Springs office at 417-876-5226. Information about bald eagles in Missouri can also be found at www.missouriconservation.org.