Discover Nature with MDC through Eagle Days

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites people to discover nature through Eagle Days events and by watching bald eagles around the state.

From December through February, Missouri's winter eagle watching is spectacular. Because of Missouri’s big rivers, many lakes, and abundant wetlands, the Show-Me state is one of the leading lower 48 states for bald eagle viewing. Each fall, thousands of these great birds migrate south from their nesting range in Canada and the Great Lakes states to hunt in Missouri. Eagles take up residence wherever they find open water and plentiful food. More than 2,000 bald eagles are typically reported in Missouri during winter.

Watch for eagles perched in large trees along the water's edge. Early in the morning you can see them flying and fishing. Be sure to dress for winter weather and don't forget cameras and binoculars.

MDC is again offering various Eagle Days events around the state. Some will include live eagle programs, exhibits, activities, videos, and guides with spotting scopes. Some require registration. Get more information on MDC Eagle Days events at

Can't make an MDC Eagle Days event? Here are some hot spots for winter eagle viewing:

  • Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area on Route K southwest of Columbia,
  • Lake of the Ozarks at Bagnell Dam Access east of Bagnell,
  • Lock & Dam 20 in Canton,
  • Lock & Dam 24 at Clarksville,
  • Lock & Dam 25 east of Winfield,
  • Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge south of Mound City,
  • Mingo National Wildlife Refuge northwest of Puxico,
  • Moses Eagle Park in Stella,
  • Old Chain of Rocks Bridge south of I-270 via Chain of Rocks Road (in Illinois)
  • Riverlands Environmental Demonstration Area east of West Alton,
  • Schell-Osage Conservation Area north of El Dorado Springs,
  • Smithville Lake north of Kansas City,
  • Stockton Lake near Stockton,
  • Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge south of Sumner,
  • Table Rock Lake, and
  • Truman Reservoir west of Warsaw.

Learn more about bald eagles in Missouri from the MDC online Field Guide at