MDC and USFWS welcome visitors to Eagle Days Dec. 4 at Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge

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Mound City, Mo. – Migrating waterfowl and eagles are back in northwest Missouri, and late autumn is a good time to watch them at wetlands. For an interpretive view, the 42nd annual Eagle Days event with staffed education stations on the auto tour will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4, at the Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge near Mound City.

Eagle Days is offered by a partnership between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). Programs have been modified for safety due to the COVID-19 pandemic and precautions such as physical distancing will be followed. This will be an outdoor event only. This visitor center will be closed. There will be no food concessions, indoor exhibits, or bus tours. Live eagle shows will be virtual and held earlier in the week.

However, the hiking trails, auto tour route, and restrooms will be open. Most importantly, ducks, geese, trumpeter swans, and bald eagles will be using the refuge wetlands. The driving tour route circles past the wetlands. A chance to see eagles, eagle nests, and various types of waterfowl mingling in the marshes are the prime attraction. Wildlife is often close to the road and highly visible, but cameras and binoculars are useful, too.

Spotting scopes will be set up at key points along the tour route on Dec. 4 for visitors to spot wildlife far out on the marshes. Interpretive stations along the tour route will include displays about mammals, bald eagles, snow geese and other waterfowl, duck calling and waterfowl hunting, and wetland management. Friends of Loess Bluffs and other conservation partners will have outreach tables.

Also, an MDC station will help visitors who are using the Agents of Discovery, a gaming app that helps people connect with nature. MDC encourages kids and adults to check out this free mobile gaming app and its focus on nature. MDC is partnering with the Agents of Discovery app to help the public explore natural areas around the state. Users can discover nature by completing “missions,” that help them learn about Missouri’s forests, fish, and wildlife. The gaming app must be loaded on digital devices before visitors arrive at the event.

Live eagle shows will be presented online with virtual programs from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 30, and from 6 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3. Staff from the Dickerson Park Zoo at Springfield staff will host this program. They will talk about eagle biology and their role in ecology. On display will be captive eagles that were rehabilitated from injuries. This program is open to all ages. Registration is required. To register for the Nov. 30 program, visit To register for the Dec. 3 program, visit

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