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
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
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
   
Probable Events for Winter 2014-2015
Dates, times, and other details will change and will be listed as soon as we get updated information.

RAPTOR AWARENESS DAY

Cahokia Mounds
State Historic Site
Collinsville, IL
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
November, 2014

2 pm, no admittance after show begins
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

AUDOBON EAGLE FESTIVAL
West Alton, MO & Alton, IL
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
January, 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

CHAINSAW ART
Hartford, IL
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
January, 2015

1 pm - 3 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 Bald Eagle. See the pair carve these pieces live. The men of Itchy Brothers Chainsaw have over 30 years of combined experience. 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.
Free. Admission to tour the Tower.
For more information call 636-251-9101
 or visit www.ConfluenceTower.com

AUDUBON EAGLE WATCH
West Alton, MO
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
January, 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

EAGLE PHOTO WORKSHOP
Hartford, IL
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
January, 2015

Noon - 2 pm
Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower, 435 Confluence Tower Drive
Want to know the tips and tools to catch an amazing shot of one of those majestic birds? Come to the Tower and listen to a local expert photographer's pointers. There will be two one-hour long sessions, the first at Noon and the second at 1 pm.
Free. Admission to tour the Tower.
For more information call 636-251-9101
 or visit www.ConfluenceTower.com

EAGLE DAYS

St. Louis County, MO
Madison County, IL
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
January, 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

EYES ON RAPTORS
St. Louis County, MO
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
January, 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. Join us at Columbia Bottom Conservation Area, where a variety of raptors are known to occur 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. Our Northern harriers like to scope out their prey just above the open fields of Columbia Bottom.
Free. No reservations required.
For more information call 314-877-6014
  or visit the Conservation Departments events website

REGAL EAGLES
St. Louis County, MO
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
January, 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

EAGLE WEEKENDS
Dow, IL
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
January, 2015

Saturdays and Sundays: 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
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
January, 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

EAGLE MEET & GREET
Alton, IL
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
January, 2015

10 am to 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

LUNCH-N-LEARN
Calhoun County, IL
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
January, 2015

Noon
Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge
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.
Free
For more information call 618-883-2524

EAGLE WATCH & TRAIL WALK
St. Louis County, MO
 
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
January, 2015

11 am - 2 pm
Fort Belle Fontaine Park
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 314-869-8251

BIRDS OF PREY
Hartford, IL
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
January, 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 636-251-9101
 or visit www.ConfluenceTower.com

STANDING BEAR
WINTER GATHERING

Quincy, IL
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
January, 2015

9 am - 5 pm
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
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
January, 2015

9 am - 4 pm
Lock and Dam No. 21, W. 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

BALD EAGLE FESTIVAL
Grafton, IL
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
January, 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 1:30 pm. 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

BALD EAGLE
VIEWING PROGRAMS

Grafton, IL
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
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
 

REELFOOT LAKE EAGLE TOURS

Tiptonville, TN
  
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
January, 2015

Monday - Friday: 10 am
Saturday & Sunday: 1:30 pm

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.
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  
 

REELFOOT LAKE
ANNUAL EAGLE FESTIVAL

Tiptonville, TN
  PROBABLE EVENT, DETAILS TBA
January, 2014
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.
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
 

EAGLE TREK
Randolph County, IL
 
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
February, 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 SATURDAYS
West Alton, MO
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
February, 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
 
 

NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBUTE
TO THE BALD EAGLE

Hartford, IL
 
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
February, 2015

1 pm -
3 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 from noon to 3 pm.
Free. Admission to tour the Tower.
For more information call 636-251-9101
 or visit www.ConfluenceTower.com
 
 

LUNCH-N-LEARN
Calhoun County, IL
 
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
February, 2015

Noon
Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge
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.
Free
For more information call 618-883-2524
 
 

AUDUBON EAGLE WATCH
West Alton, MO
 
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
February, 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

Pere Marquette State Park
Grafton, IL
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
February, 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

REELFOOT LAKE EAGLE TOURS

Tiptonville, TN
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
February, 2015

Monday - Friday: 10 am
Saturday & Sunday: 1:30 pm

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.
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

EAGLE WEEKENDS
Dow, IL
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
February, 2015

Saturdays and Sundays: 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

LIVE EAGLE DISPLAY
Hartford, IL
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
February, 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 636-251-9101
 or visit www.ConfluenceTower.com

MASTERS OF THE SKY
East Alton, IL
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
February, 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
Calhoun County, IL
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
February, 2015

Noon
Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge
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.
Free
For more information call 618-883-2524

EAGLE PHOTO WORKSHOP
Hartford, IL
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
February, 2015

Noon - 2 pm
Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower, 435 Confluence Tower Drive
Want to know the tips and tools to catch an amazing shot of one of those majestic birds? Come to the Tower and listen to a local expert photographer's pointers. There will be two one-hour long sessions, the first at Noon and the second at 1 pm.
Free. Admission to tour the Tower.
For more information call 636-251-9101
 or visit www.ConfluenceTower.com

WORLD EAGLE DAY
Valley Park, MO
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
March, 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
   
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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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