Bald Eagle Events & Programs
Winter 2014-2015
in the Middle Mississippi River Valley Area
   
The Middle Mississippi River Valley is home to the second largest population of Bald Eagles in the continental United States. Various state agencies and parks, nature and other local organizations, and communities provide special programs and events to see our national symbol. 
   

BALD EAGLE
VIEWING PROGRAMS

Grafton, IL
  Friday, December 19, 2014
Monday, December 22, 2014

8:30 am
Pere Marquette State Park
Visitor Center, 13112 Visitor Center Lane, Off IL-100 (the Great River Road)
A Park naturalist will be presenting informative programs about bald eagles. Visitors will learn to distinguish between immature and mature eagles, what they eat, why they winter in the area and more. There will be a lecture and a short video presentation followed by an observational drive. Be sure to dress warmly and have a full tank of gas. Binoculars are highly recommended but not essential as the Park brings along a spotting scope.
Free, reservations required
For more information call 618-786-3323

BALD EAGLE
VIEWING PROGRAMS

Grafton, IL
  Selected Days in January, 2015
8:30 am
Pere Marquette State Park
Visitor Center, 13112 Visitor Center Lane, Off IL-100 (the Great River Road)
A Park naturalist will be presenting informative programs about bald eagles. Visitors will learn to distinguish between immature and mature eagles, what they eat, why they winter in the area and more. There will be a lecture and a short video presentation followed by an observational drive. Be sure to dress warmly and have a full tank of gas. Binoculars are highly recommended but not essential as the Park brings along a spotting scope.
Free, reservations required
For more information call 618-786-3323

AUDOBON EAGLE FESTIVAL
West Alton, MO & Alton, IL
  Saturday, January 3, 2015
10 am - 2 pm
Audubon Center at Riverlands, Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary & Downtown Alton Illinois
Join in the fun for the kickoff of eagle watching season. See a live bald eagle up close and personal. Meet and greet with knowledgeable people from the area’s Eagle Watching Hot Spots to see what is in store for the rest of the season. Receive a "bird band" and become an official Alton Eagle Watcher. Bring the kids for fun activities and crafts. Learn about eagle watching: how to spot eagles, where to look, and what brings the eagles to this region each year. Then, head back across the river to Downtown Alton for ice sculpting on the streets and a wildlife art walk to view eagle and wildlife photography displayed by artists from Alton and beyond!
Free
For more information call 1-800-258-6645 or 636-899-0090
 or visit www.Riverlands.Audubon.org

REELFOOT LAKE EAGLE TOURS

Tiptonville, TN
  January 3 - January 31, 2015
Monday - Friday: 10 am
Saturday & Sunday: 1:30 pm

Reelfoot Lake State Park Visitor Center/Ellington Hall - 2595 State Route 21E

The most popular way to observe and learn about the eagles on Reelfoot is through the guided tours offered by the rangers and naturalists at the park. The eagle tours are approximately two hours and are by bus. There will be opportunities for some to step off to take photos, look through scopes and binoculars.
Reservations and fee for eagle tours. Eagle tours fill up fast - so make reservations early.
For more information or to make reservations for eagle tours call 731-253-9652

EAGLE MEET & GREET
Alton, IL
  Saturdays: January 3, 10, 17, 24, & 31, 2015
10 am - 2 pm
Alton Visitors Center
The World Bird Sanctuary will be bringing a live Bald Eagle for the public to view up close. Be sure to bring your camera. After this personal encounter you can pick up an official All Around Alton Eagle Watcher's Guide and set off along the Great River Road to see eagles in their natural habitat. Then cross the river to see a rehabilitated raptor and learn how to spot bald eagles at the Audubon Center at Riverlands.
Free
For more information call 1-800-258-6645

EAGLE WEEKENDS
Dow, IL
  Saturdays and Sundays in January, 2015
10 am - 2 pm
TreeHouse Wildlife Center, 23956 Green Acres Road

Visit the Treehouse Wildlife Center on Saturdays in January and February to view live bald eagles being rehabilitated at the center. While you're there, visit some of the other wildlife that call the center home - hawks, owls, falcons and more.
Free
For more information call 618-466-2990
  or visit www.treehousewildlifecenter.com

BIRDS OF WINTER: RAPTOR SATURDAYS
West Alton, MO
  Saturdays: January 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 2015
10 am - 2 pm
Audubon Center at Riverlands, Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary
Join the staff at The Audubon Center at Riverlands for this Birds of Winter program! It may be cold outside, but it’s always 70 degrees inside the center. Two story circular bay windows provide a 140° grand vista of the Mississippi River, where you may see eagles, trumpeter swans, and other fascinating waterfowl. The TreeHouse Wildlife Center will be at the Center with a rehabilitated raptor. It could be an owl, hawk or falcon – stop by the Center to see who shows up! Then cross the river to see a bald eagle at the Alton Visitors Center.
Free
For more information call 636-899-0090
 or visit www.Riverlands.Audubon.org

AUDUBON EAGLE WATCH
West Alton, MO
  Sundays: January 4, 11, 18, & 25, 2015
10 am to 4 pm
Audubon Center at Riverlands, Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary
The World Bird Sanctuary will be bringing a live Bald Eagle for the public to view up close. Be sure to bring your camera. After this personal encounter you can pick up an official All Around Alton Eagle Watcher's Guide and set off along the Great River Road to see eagles in their natural habitat.
Free
For more information call 636-899-0090
 or visit www.Riverlands.Audubon.org

REGAL EAGLES
St. Charles County, MO
  Saturday, January 10, 2015
9 am - 11 am
August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area, 2360 Highway D
Eagles are some of the most majestic of all birds. The return of bald eagles to Missouri is an amazing story of conservation in action, and January is a prime month to see them. Learn about these awesome birds and where you might find them in the wild.
Free. Reservations begin December 24.
For more information call 636-441-4554
  or visit the Conservation Departments events website

CHAINSAW ART
Hartford, IL
  Saturday, January 10, 2015
10 am - 4 pm
Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower, 435 Confluence Tower Drive
Watch the Itchy Brothers Chainsaw Art carve wooden sculptures with their tools to send a salute to the area's famous wintering bird: the American Bald Eagle. See the pair carve these pieces live. The men of Itchy Brothers Chainsaw have over 30 years of combined experience. Luke Harris and Donnie Johnson are former Laclede Steel employees. They start their demonstration with larger chainsaws to carve away the spare wood. Then, the pair use feature saws and sanders to get the full detail through. The woodcarving will be on display through Sunday.
Free. Admission to tour the Tower.
For more information call 618-251-9101
 or visit www.ConfluenceTower.com

BALD EAGLE
APPRECIATION DAYS

Keokuk, IA
  January 17 - January 18, 2015
Victory Park and River City Mall, 200 Main Street
Victory Park: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
River City Mall: 9 am - 5 pm
At Victory Park personnel from the Lee County Conservation Board, Iowa DNR, Illinois DOC and the US Army Corps of Engineers will staff viewing points with spotting scopes to enable visitors to see the large gathering of bald eagles that congregate at Keokuk because of Lock and Dam #19. Activities at the River City Mall include DNR agencies from Iowa, Illinois and Missouri displays, Wood Carvers’ Show, Native American Traders Row & educational booths, Native American drumming, singing & dancing, and storytelling, and World Bird Sanctuary of St. Louis live bird presentations.
Free

For information call 319-524-5599 or 1-800-383-1219

EAGLE DAYS

St. Louis County, MO
Madison County, IL
  January 17 - January 18, 2015
Old Chain of Rocks Bridge
9 am - 3 pm both days
It's time again to bundle up your family and join the excitement of viewing eagles along the Mississippi River from the historic Chain of Rocks Bridge. Viewing scopes will be stationed on the bridge to allow close-ups of eagles. Live eagle presentations every 20 minutes. Get your photo taken in the eagle's nest! Bring your own binoculars and dress to stay warm.
Event is Free
Free and Paid parking available

For information call 314-877-1309

RAPTOR WATCH
St. Louis County, MO
  January 17 - January 18, 2015
10 am - 2 pm both days
Columbia Bottom Conservation Area, 801 Strotdtman Road
Birds of prey come in numerous shapes and sizes and exhibit a variety of hunting techniques. From the helicopter-like antics of the American kestrel to the “hand-fishing” feats of the Bald Eagle, one thing is common. All are enjoyable to watch. So, before or after you visit Eagle Days on the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge, join the staff at Columbia Bottom Conservation Area, where a variety of raptors are known to habitate this time of year. Scopes will be set up at the Confluence Platform, near parking lot “N”, where America’s favorite raptor usually hangs out. Be sure to keep your eyes open on the way in too.
Free. No reservations required.
For more information call 314-877-6014
  or visit the Conservation Departments events website

STANDING BEAR
WINTER GATHERING

Quincy, IL
  January 17 - January 18, 2015
9 am - 5 pm both days
Oakley Lindsay Center, 300 3rd Street
The Standing Bear Council celebrates the American Bald Eagle and Native American traditions at this 2 day festival that offers close up eagle viewing. The event kicks off with a presentation by Dr. Drew Kaiser of the Raptor Rehabilitation Center, followed by the Blessing of the Eagles Ceremony by the Standing Bear Council at 11 am. Along with this will be a Grand Entry Ceremony into the circle, at which time Veterans will be honored. Attendees will then be entertained by the Black Fox Singers & Native American dancers, with prizes for the dancers. There will also be information on the Native American Mounds and Chief Keokuk history, as well as Native American vendors and food booths.
Small admission
For information call 217-577-1930 or the Quincy CVB at 217-214-3700
 

QUINCY EAGLE DAYS
Quincy, IL
  January 17 - January 18, 2015
9 am - 4 pm both days
Lock and Dam No. 21, West Lock and Dam Road
Visit Lock and Dam 21 for Quincy's Eagle Days. Rangers will be on hand with spotting scopes to showcase the magnificent birds that winter in the Quincy area
.
Free
For information call 217-228-0890

LUNCH-N-LEARN
EAGLE PROGRAM

Calhoun County, IL
  Friday, January 23, 2015
Noon
Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge, Hagen Road
Bring your own lunch and sit down with the staff at Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge to learn about eagles. Then head out for a short hike to see some eagles soar over Swan Lake. Open to all ages. Attendees are reminded to dress for the weather.
Free
For more information call 618-883-2524

EAGLE WATCH & TRAIL WALK
St. Louis County, MO
 
  Saturday, January 24, 2015
10 am - 2 pm
Fort Belle Fontaine Park, 13002 Bellefontaine Road
Spend a day with the Friends of Fort Belle Fontaine Park observing the bald eagles along the Missouri River. A live eagle, several birds of prey, and a naturalist from the World Bird Sanctuary will be on site from noon until 2 pm. A guided hike will be provided along the three-mile trail. Hikers and bikers are welcome to take the trek on their own throughout the day. Refreshments will be served. Be sure to dress for the weather and meet at the Grand Staircase.
Free
For more information call 314-544-5714

CHIP OFF THE BLOCK
ICE CARVING

Hartford, IL
  Saturday, January 24, 2015
1 pm - 3 pm
Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower, 435 Confluence Tower Drive
See artisans create one-of-a-kind ice sculptures including the American Bald Eagle. Watch Chip Off the Block demonstrate how to create an eagle ice sculpture. The sculptures will be on display until melted.
Free. Admission to tour the Tower.
For more information call 618-251-9101
 or visit www.ConfluenceTower.com

EAGLE DAYS
Clarksville
, MO
  January 24 - January 25, 2015
Saturday: 9 am - 4 pm
Sunday: 10 am - 3 pm
Various locations throughout town
The World Bird Sanctuary of St. Louis and the Missouri Department of Conservation will present live eagle programs every hour at the Apple Shed at the south edge of town. Spotting scopes, naturalists, and bonfires for warmth will be available at Riverfront Park. Come early to watch the birds feed in the Mississippi River.
Free
For more information call 660-785-2420

BALD EAGLE FESTIVAL
Grafton, IL
  Sunday, January 25, 2015
11 am - 3 pm
Pere Marquette Lodge & Conference Center, 13653 Lodge Blvd.
Come out to Pere Marquette Lodge where you can not only be personally introduced to our nation's most majestic symbol, but also shop our unique vendor booths, grab a bite in the restaurant and enjoy time with friends and family. The festival will feature live music and entertainment by the World Bird Sanctuary as they showcase the Bald Eagle and several other raptor species in their Masters of the Sky Show at show at noon and again at 1:30 p.m. Show up a little early and meet a Bald Eagle up close and personal!
Free to the event, Masters of the Sky Show tickets are $3

For more information call 618-786-2331 ext 338

REELFOOT LAKE
ANNUAL EAGLE FESTIVAL

Tiptonville, TN
  January 30 - February 1, 2015
Hour of events vary
Reelfoot Lake State Park Visitor Center/Ellington Hall - 2595 State Route 21E

This festival celebrates the migration of the bald eagle to Reelfoot Lake. Activities include eagle tours, an Art contest, a Photography contest, interpretive programs, sunrise tours and photography walks, Arts & Crafts vendors, children’s activities, live bird of prey shows, and more.
Free, fee and reservations for eagle tours
For more information or to make reservations for eagle tours call 731-253-9652

NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBUTE
TO THE BALD EAGLE

Hartford, IL
 
  Saturday, January 31, 2015
10 am - 2 pm
Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower, 435 Confluence Tower Drive
Celebrate the elegance and significance of the American Bald Eagle and its impact on a variety of native cultures during this event at the Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower. Listen to Native American folklore and watch an authentic Eagle Dance performed every hour.
Free. Admission to tour the Tower.
For more information call 618-251-9101
 or visit www.ConfluenceTower.com

REELFOOT LAKE EAGLE TOURS

Tiptonville, TN
  February 1 - February 28, 2015
Monday - Friday: 10 am
Saturday & Sunday: 1:30 pm

Reelfoot Lake State Park Visitor Center/Ellington Hall - 2595 State Route 21E

The most popular way to observe and learn about the eagles on Reelfoot is through the guided tours offered by the rangers and naturalists at the park. The eagle tours are approximately two hours and are by bus. There will be opportunities for some to step off to take photos, look through scopes and binoculars.
Reservation and fee for eagle tours. Eagle tours fill up fast - so make reservations early.
For more information or to make reservations for eagle tours call 731-253-9652

AUDUBON EAGLE WATCH
West Alton, MO
  Sundays: February 1 & 8, 2015
10 am to 4 pm
Audubon Center at Riverlands, Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary
It’s guarantee you'll see one eagle, up close and personal, during the eagle meet and greet with eagles from The World Bird Sanctuary. Learn about eagle watching - how to spot eagles, where to look and what brings the eagles here each winter. High powered spotting scopes will be available to enhance the eagle viewing experience and knowledgeable staff and volunteers will be on hand to assist visitors and answer questions.
Free
For more information call 636-899-0090
 or visit www.Riverlands.Audubon.org

BALD EAGLE
VIEWING PROGRAMS

Grafton, IL
  Selected Days in February, 2015
8:30 am
Pere Marquette State Park, IL-100 north of Grafton
Visitor Center, 13112 Visitor Center Lane, Off IL-100 (the Great River Road)
A Park naturalist will be presenting informative programs about bald eagles. Visitors will learn to distinguish between immature and mature eagles, what they eat, why they winter in the area and more. There will be a lecture and a short video presentation followed by an observational drive. Be sure to dress warmly and have a full tank of gas. Binoculars are highly recommended but not essential as the Park brings along a spotting scope.
Free, reservations required
For more information call 618-786-3323

EAGLE WEEKENDS
Dow, IL
  Saturdays and Sundays in February, 2015
10 am - 2 pm
TreeHouse Wildlife Center, 23956 Green Acres Road

Visit the Treehouse Wildlife Center on Saturdays in January and February to view live bald eagles being rehabilitated at the center. While you're there, visit some of the other wildlife that call the center home - hawks, owls, falcons and more.
Free
For more information call 618-466-2990
  or visit www.treehousewildlifecenter.com

LUNCH-N-LEARN
EAGLE PROGRAM

Calhoun County, IL
  Friday, February 6, 2015
Noon
Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge, Hagen Road
Bring your own lunch and sit down with the staff at Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge to learn about eagles. Then head out for a short hike to see some eagles soar over Swan Lake. Open to all ages. Attendees are reminded to dress for the weather.
Free
For more information call 618-883-2524

EAGLE TREK
Randolph County, IL
  Saturday, February 7, 2015
9 am - 3 pm
Kaskaskia River Recreation Area, 4800 Lock and Dam Road
Come out for eagle-watching with spotting scopes and meet some of the feathered inhabitants of the World Bird Sanctuary (9 am to noon)! Also, enjoy short interpreted walks both upstream and downstream from the Dam, and see the confluence of the Mississippi & Kaskaskia Rivers. Our experts will be on hand to tell you about other eagle-nesting sites nearby! Families and leash-trained dogs are welcome for the hike. Tours of lock and dam and kid's activities are also featured.
A suggested donation of $5/person is asked to cover lunch expenses. Please reserve your spot by Feb. 1, 2012 so we can account for the number of lunches.
For more information call 618-785-2555

BIRDS OF WINTER: RAPTOR SATURDAY
West Alton, MO
  Saturday, February 7, 2015
10 am - 2 pm
Audubon Center at Riverlands, Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary
Join the staff at The Audubon Center at Riverlands for this Birds of Winter program! It may be cold outside, but it’s always 70 degrees inside the center. Two story circular bay windows provide a 140° grand vista of the Mississippi River, where you may see eagles, trumpeter swans, and other fascinating waterfowl. The TreeHouse Wildlife Center will be at the Center with a rehabilitated raptor. It could be an owl, hawk or falcon – stop by the Center to see who shows up!
Free
For more information call 636-899-0090
 or visit www.Riverlands.Audubon.org

BIRDS OF PREY
Hartford, IL
  Saturday, February 7, 2015
1 pm -
3 pm
Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower, 435 Confluence Tower Drive
Eagles aren’t the only birds of prey in the area. Join the Confluence Tower as it hosts the TreeHouse Wildlife Center and learn about other birds that call the Riverbend area home with displays and educational activities throughout the day.
Free. Admission to tour the Tower.
For more information call 618-251-9101
 or visit www.ConfluenceTower.com

MASTERS OF THE SKY
East Alton, IL
  February 14 - February 15, 2015
11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm
National Great Rivers Museum
"Masters of the Sky", an educational and informational program presented by the World Bird Sanctuary, features eagles, falcons, owls and other birds of prey. There will also be a free eagle display at noon and 2 pm for 30 minutes in the gallery.
$5 for adults, $3 for children 4-12, free for children 3 and under
For more information call 1-877-462-6979

LUNCH-N-LEARN
EAGLE PROGRAM

Calhoun County, IL
  Friday, February 20, 2015
Noon
Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge, Hagen Road
Bring your own lunch and sit down with the staff at Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge to learn about eagles. Then head out for a short hike to see some eagles soar over Swan Lake. Open to all ages. Attendees are reminded to dress for the weather.
Free
For more information call 618-883-2524

EAGLE WATCHING OPEN HOUSE
Calhoun County, IL
  Saturday, February 21, 2015
10 am - 2 pm
Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge, Hagen Road
A winter Open House will be held at the Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge. Learn about eagles from the staff and take head out on tours to see some eagles soar over Swan Lake and the Illinois River. Open to all ages. Attendees are reminded to dress for the weather.
Free
For more information call 618-883-2524

LIVE EAGLE DISPLAY
Hartford, IL
  Saturday, February 21, 2015
1 pm -
3 pm
Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower, 435 Confluence Tower Drive
Get up close and personal with a Live American Bald Eagle from the World Bird Sanctuary. Founded in 1977, the World Bird Sanctuary is 305 acres of Missouri hardwood forest. The refuge is home to various birds of prey, including falcons and vultures. The mission of the sanctuary is to “preserve the earth’s biological diversity and the secure the future of threatened bird species in their natural environments.” They achieve this through education, propagation, field studies and rehabilitation.
Free. Admission to tour the Tower.
For more information call 618-251-9101
 or visit www.ConfluenceTower.com

BALD EAGLE
VIEWING PROGRAMS

Grafton, IL
  Monday, March 2, 2015
8:30 am
Pere Marquette State Park, IL-100 north of Grafton
Visitor Center, 13112 Visitor Center Lane, Off IL-100 (the Great River Road)
A Park naturalist will be presenting informative programs about bald eagles. Visitors will learn to distinguish between immature and mature eagles, what they eat, why they winter in the area and more. There will be a lecture and a short video presentation followed by an observational drive. Be sure to dress warmly and have a full tank of gas. Binoculars are highly recommended but not essential as the Park brings along a spotting scope.
Free, reservations required
For more information call 618-786-3323

WORLD EAGLE DAY
Valley Park, MO
  Sunday, March 28, 2015
10 am - 4 pm
World Bird Sanctuary, 125 Bald Eagle Ridge Road, Valley Park
Celebrate eagles from around the world! Lean more about these majestic creatures as well as fun raptor facts with presentations from our Naturalists throughout the day. Live eagle shows presented in our amphitheater. Photo opportunity with Bald Eagle. Concession stands. Free fun kids craft center. Tours of the wildlife hospital. Eagle gifts and souvenirs. Bring your camera!
Free
For more information call 636-225-4390 ext 0
  or visit www.worldbirdsanctuary.org
   
Probable Events for Winter 2015-2016
Dates, times, and other details will change and will be listed as soon as we get updated information.
    PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
Saturday, January 10, 2015

1 pm
Columbia Bottom Conservation Area, 801 Strotdtman Road
Winter has come to Missouri and so have the eagles! Did you know the bald eagle became our national emblem in 1782? Let’s learn about eagles and the adaptations that make these magnificent birds so special. The Missouri conservation story about how these once endangered birds have made a tremendous come back is inspiring! The MDC staff will also help you discover nature by sharing some of the best spots where you can go for eagle viewing.
Free. Reservations begin January 5.
For more information call 314-877-6014
  or visit the Conservation Departments events website

RAPTOR PROGRAM

St. Charles County, MO
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
November, 2015

9:30 am - 11 am
August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area, 2360 Highway D
Those Awesome Stealth Flyers: Eagles, hawks, falcons, and owls are magnificent, highly specialized birds called “raptors.” Learn what makes these birds of prey both masters of flight and supreme hunters. This program is designed for ages 7 to 12.
Free. Reservations begin October 24.
For more information call 636-441-4554
  or visit the Conservation Departments events website

RAPTOR AWARENESS DAY

Collinsville, IL
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
November, 2015

2 pm, no admittance after show begins
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, 130 Ramey Street, (off Collinsville Road)
The World Bird Sanctuary of St. Louis brings live birds of prey and teaches about habitats, differences and similarities between eagles, hawks, owls, falcons, buzzards, and others. Features a live flight over the heads of the audience.
Free
For more information call 618-346-5160
   
FEATURED ATTRACTIONS ALONG THE GREAT RIVER ROAD
Lewis and Clark
State Historic Site
Cahokia Mounds
State Historic Site
Foundry Art Centre
St. Charles, MO
Mastodon
State Historic Site
     




 
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