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Pere Marquette Eagle Days

  • Pere Marqutte State Park 13112 Visitor Center Lane Grafton, IL United States (map)
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Every winter Pere Marquette State Park and the surrounding area plays host to to our national bird, the Bald Eagle. A Park Site Interpretive Program Coordinator will be presenting informative programs about these magnificent creatures. Visitors will learn to distinguish between immature and mature eagles, what they eat, why they winter in the area and more. Each program begins at 8:30 am at the Park’s Visitor Center. 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.

If you are among the first to sign up for any given day, you have the option of riding in the Park’s van with the staff. Bald Eagle's aren't the only birds to be seen on these trips. Participants might spot the Great Blue Heron, Canadian Geese, Wild Turkeys and the Pileated Woodpecker, making this a recommended trip for birders.

Times: 8:30 am - 11:30 am

Free

These programs are very popular and reservations are required. and recommended. For reservations or more information calling 618-786-3323 ext 1.

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There are approximately 2,000 eagles that migrate to the Middle Mississippi River Valley, making the region's overwintering population the second largest in the continental United States behind the Klamath Basin area of southern Oregon and northern California. Learn more about the Bald Eagles in the Middle Mississippi River Valley.

Explore the Meeting of the Great Rivers Region

Earlier Event: January 5
Birds of Winter: Eagle Sundays
Later Event: January 10
Pere Marquette Eagle Days