Eagle Days program set for January in Springfield

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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 numbers to more than 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 on Jan. 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Jan. 22 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center in Springfield.

Included in the indoors portion of the event is 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.

Outside, spotting scopes will be set up at Lake Springfield Boathouse and Marina with the hopes of providing people a view of the eagles that winter there each year.

For more information about Eagle Days, call 417-888-4237.

This is one of several Eagle Days events MDC holds at select locations around the state. Information about these events can be found at www.missouriconservation.org