If your Januarys tend to involve too much time inside and precious little time outdoors, here’s an idea for a fun outdoor adventure. Eagle Days events are held around the state to put Missourians in touch with our national symbol, the bald eagle. This formerly endangered bird is making a strong comeback, and more of them are nesting in Missouri each year. The greatest number of eagles are here in the winter, when they migrate from more northern states as frozen water limits their ability to fish. Here they tend to congregate in areas where fishing is good, such as behind dams where open water is available and fish are plentiful.
At Eagle Days events you will attend a short indoor program featuring a live bald eagle from a captive breeding or rehabilitation program. Then you can visit an outdoor station where staff and volunteers will assist you in viewing bald eagles in the wild, using spotting scopes or binoculars. It’s an educational and entertaining way to spend a few hours.
Here is the schedule for the four Eagle Days coming up in January:
Smithville Lake (Clay Co.) Jan. 8-9, 2011
Old Chain of Rocks Bridge (St. Louis Co.) Jan.15-16, 2011
Springfield Conservation Nature Center (Greene Co.) Jan. 22-23, 2011
Clarksville (Pike Co.) Jan. 29-30, 2011
Click on the "Eagle Days" link below for more information on each event and location.
If you haven’t had the pleasure of an Eagle Days experience, I hope that you’ll bundle up and make it to an event next month.