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12/22/2013 4:00:00 AM
Bald Eagle watches along the Mississippi

The Mississippi River is the second most-visited U.S. natural resource after the Grand Canyon.  The bald eagles find it a pretty popular place to visit as well.

Each year from December through February, thousands of bald eagles migrate south to winter along the Mississippi River near the lock and dams. Turbulence created below the dams provides open water and a smorgasbord of stunned fish for eagles to feast upon.  In addition, the wooded bluffs that overlook the Mississippi are excellent habitat for roosting and an increasing number of cases nesting.  It's not uncommon to see more than 10 eagles in one tree!

Bring your binoculars and take a trip this winter to this Upper Mississippi River region in Iowa and Illinois to catch a glimpse of the country's national symbol.  Take part in the many Bald Eagle Watches in January and February 2014 that happen in the communities that line the banks of the Great River Road from Dubuque, Iowa, south to Quincy, Illinois.  For more information to start planning a winter Mississippi River getaway, visit www.TravelMississippiRiver.org

TravelMississippiRiver.org is now holding a contest so you can win a weekend getaway this winter to go eagle watching in one of five different communities along the Mississippi River in Illinois and Iowa.  Sign up today at www.TravelMississippiRiver.org.  The contest continues through January 10, 2014.

Bald Eagle season in Illinois not to be missed. Following are some special events planned:



Pere Marquette State Park Bald Eagle Days - Grafton,

Programs on January 3, 15, 17, 24, 29, 31; February 3, 4, 6, 7, 13, 14, 19, 21, 26; March 7.

Reservations Required (starting November 15)

Informative Programs begin at the park center at 8:30 AM

Video Presentation

 Observational Driving Tour of Eagle Watching Locations near the Park

For additional information, http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/parks/R4/PRM/EagleDaysBrochure.pdf or call 618-786-3323



Quad Cities Bald Eagle Appreciation Days - Rock Island, IL

January 10, 11 & 12

Quad City Conservation Alliance Expo Center - 2621 Fourth Ave, Rock Island IL

Admission and more information at Quad City Conservation Alliance (309-788-5912) www.qccaexpocenter.com

Eagle Viewing/Live Programs, interpretive programs, live bird of prey shows

Craft & Lore Demonstration

Native American Dance

Wildlife & Art Show & Sale

Admission Charged

Area Map for Eagle Viewing in the Quad City area



Clinton, Iowa Bald Eagle Watch

Saturday, January 4

Outdoor viewing: Lock & Dam 13, 8:30-2:30

Live Bird and Nature Programs: Clinton Community College, 9:00-2:00

Exhibits: Clinton Community College from 9:00 - 2:30

Free bus service from college to the outdoor viewing area.

For more information call the Thomson Ranger office: 815-259-3628.

chedule of the day’s events can be found at http://www.cityoffulton.us



Alton Eagle Festival – Audubon Center at the Riverlands & Downtown Alton, IL

Saturday, January 4

Eagle Meet & Greet

Eagle Viewing Walks

Kids Activities

Ice Sculpting

Wildlife Art/Photography

Additional information on eagle watching activities throughout the Alton area can be found at http://www.visitalton.com



Mississippi River Visitor Center - Rock Island IL - Eagle Watch / Clock Tower Tours

January 4, 5, 25 & 26. February 1, 2, 8 & 9

Combination eagle watches and historical clock tower tours

Saturday and Sunday times are: 9-10:30 and 12:30-2:00

Reservations required. Group size is limited.

For more information or to make reservations call the Visitor Center: 309-794-5338



Eagle Days - The Old Chain of Rocks Bridge - Granite City - Illinois/Missouri

January 18-19 (9 AM - 3 PM)

Live Eagle Educational Programs, every 20 minutes from 10:00 AM until 2:40 PM, both days

Viewing Scopes for Eagle Watching

Hosted by the IDNR, Missouri Dept. of Conservation, and The Confluence

Living History Demonstrations

Warming Tent Activities

Parking available from both Illinois & Missouri Locations

For additional information visit http://www.confulencegreenway.org/eagledays



Dubuque Iowa Bald Eagle Watch

Saturday, January 18

Outdoor viewing at Lock and Dam 11 from 9:00–4:00

Live Eagle & Bird of Prey Programs by the University of Minnesota Raptor Center at 9:30, 12:15 & 3:00

Pella Wildlife Company - Live Cougar Presentations at 11:00 & 1:45

Indoor Exhibits from 9:00 - 4:30 at the Grand River Center - Port of Dubuque

Trolley rides from Grand River Center to the National Mississippi River Museum and the outdoor viewing area.

For more information call the Dubuque Ranger office: 563-582-0881



Keokuk Iowa Bald Eagle Days

Saturday and Sunday, January 18-19

Indoor programs and Environmental Fair at the River City Mall, Keokuk, Iowa

Live Eagle Programs Saturday 9:00-3:00 and Sunday 10:00-3:00

Outdoor viewing along the River Front

For more information call the Keokuk Chamber of Commerce: 1-800-383-1219



Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge Eagle Watch, Marion IL

January 25-26

Bald Eagle and Waterfowl Viewing

Guided Tours of the Refuge

Sat. 8 AM, 11 AM and 2 PM; Sun. 11 AM and 2 PM

Reservations Required, 618-997-3344



Muscatine Iowa Bald Eagle Watch

Saturday, January 25

Outdoor viewing from 9:00 to 3:00 at Pearl City Station in Riverside Park

Live Eagle programs at 9:30 & 11:00 at the Pearl City Station in Riverside Park

Environmental exhibits inside the Pearl City Station

For more information call the Muscatine Ranger office: 563-263-7913



Bald Eagle Watch - Starved Rock State Park Lodge & Illinois Waterway Visitor Center - Utica, IL

January 25-26 (9AM-4PM)

Activities at the Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center, Starved Rock Lodge and Illinois Waterway Visitor Center (Lock and Dam) with interpretive programs, spotting scopes, and family and children’s activities. Hosted by the Illinois Audubon Society, IDNR, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Starved Rock Lodge, Starved Rock Audubon and Starved Rock Foundation.

Children’s Activities

Live Illinois Birds of Prey Noon, 2:00 & 4:00

Raptor Awareness Program 10:00, Noon, 2:00 & 4:00

Free Admission

Park & ride the trolley between Starved Rock Lodge, Starved Rock Visitor Center and the Illinois Waterway Visitor Center - $1.00

For Event Information, call Illinois Audubon Society 217-544-2473

 For more information http://illinoisaudubon.org/ PROGRAMSEVENTS/Bald EagleWatchWeekend.html



Quincy Bald Eagle Watch – Lock and Dam 21, Quincy

January 25-26 (9AM - 4PM)

Outdoor viewing of bald eagles on and along the Mississippi River

For more information call the Quincy Ranger office: 217-228-0890



Masters of the Sky Eagle Events, National Great Rivers Museum - Alton, IL

February 15, 16 & 17

 Eagles, Hawks, Owls and More!

1 Hour Programs Featuring Live Birds of Prey – 11:00, 1:00 and 3:00

Tickets are $3.00 for kids 12 & under, $5 for adults

For More Information, www.mtrf.org or 618-462-6979



Mississippi River Eagle Watching

January-February 2013

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers welcomes visitors to see bald eagles at lock and dams along the Mississippi River each winter. Locations and dates are available at http://www.mvr.usace.army.mil/missriver/eagle%20watching/eagle%20main.htm

Friends of the Hennepin Canal ‘Hike the Canal,’

February 17

Family hike centers on eagle watching along the Hennepin Canal between Lock 30 and Lock 32 (4.6 mile hike). For more information http://www.friends-hennepin-canal.org/activites/hikes/

In addition to special events, bald eagles have been found wintering throughout Illinois at locations including the Illinois and Michigan Canal and Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal in northeast Illinois; at locations all along the Illinois River; along open waters on the Du Page River and Fox River in northeast Illinois, including Moraine Hills State Park, McHenry; at Volo Bog State Natural Area, Ingleside; along the Des Plaines River near Channahon State Park, Channahon; near the I-88 bridge in North Aurora on the Fox River; on the Fox River at the Pleasant Valley Forest Preserve in Woodstock; and, along the Rock River at locations including Lowden State Park, Oregon, Illinois.



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