SPRINGFIELD, 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 than 2,000 eagles.
People will have a great opportunity to learn more about bald eagles at the Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) Eagle Days event on Jan. 16 and Jan. 17 at MDC's Springfield Conservation Nature Center in Springfield. This program will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 16 and 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 17.
When you see a bald eagle, you're viewing one of North America's truly spectacular creatures. Its large size (a wingspan of up to eight feet), the striking contrast of its white head against its dark body and its fierce expression are among the reasons this bird has always been an impressive sight to humans.
The indoors portion of the Eagle Days event at the Nature Center will include an opportunity to view a live captive bald eagle furnished by Dickerson Park Zoo of Springfield and to see programs conducted by docents from the zoo. On Jan. 16, eagle programs will be held in the Nature Center auditorium every hour on the hour from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. On Jan. 17, programs will be held in the auditorium at 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Eagle-oriented activities will also be conducted at the Nature Center.
Also as part of this year's Eagle Days event, spotting scopes will be set up outside the Springfield/Greene County Park Board's Lake Springfield Boathouse and Marina for chances to view eagles that winter at Lake Springfield each year.
For more information about Eagle Days, call 417-888-4237.
MDC's Springfield Conservation Nature Center is located in southeast Springfield at 4601 S. Nature Center Way.
This is one of several Eagle Days events MDC holds at locations around the state. Information about these events and about bald eagles can be found at www.mdc.mo.gov/events/eagledays.