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The Eagles Are Coming

A Bald Eagle takes a flight early in a morning in searching for fish along Mississippi river in Clarksville, MO. Photo by Noppadol Paothong, courtesy Missouri Department of Conservation.

A Bald Eagle takes a flight early in a morning in searching for fish along Mississippi river in Clarksville, MO. Photo by Noppadol Paothong, courtesy Missouri Department of Conservation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eagles were almost wiped out in the last century by destruction of their habitat, excessive hunting, and use of harmful chemicals such as DDT. Major efforts by scientists, wildlife experts and environmentalists have brought the eagle population back from precariously low numbers.

We may not be able to smell the roses in the Midwest this time of year, but we should sure take time out to eye the eagles and appreciate that they have made a comeback…

 

Dates for Eagle Days events from the Missouri Department of Conservation. For more information, visit https://mdc.mo.gov/events/eagledays

The Missouri Department of Conservation offers Eagle Days events on the dates and locations listed below. The events include live captive-eagle programs, exhibits, activities, videos, and guides with spotting scopes. Watch for eagles perched in large trees along the water’s edge. View them early in the morning to see eagles flying and fishing. Be sure to dress for winter weather and don’t forget cameras and binoculars.

  • Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge south of Mound City. Call 816-271-3100 for more information.
  • Jan. 9 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Jan. 10 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Smithville Lake Paradise Pointe Golf Course Clubhouse north of Kansas City. Call 816-532-0174for more information.
  • Jan. 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Jan. 17 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the MDC Springfield Conservation Nature Center. Call 417-888-4237 for more information.
  • Jan. 16-17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge south of I-270 off Riverview Drive in St. Louis. Call 314-877-1309 for more information.
  • Jan. 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Jan. 31 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lock and Dam 24 and Apple Shed Theater in Clarksville. Call 660-785-2420 for more information.
  • Feb. 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Schell City Community Center in downtown Schell City, and at the Schell-Osage Conservation Area. Call 417-876-5226 for more information.

Can’t make an Eagle Days event? Other hot spots for winter eagle viewing include:

  • Lake of the Ozarks at Bagnell Dam Access east of Bagnell
  • Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area on Route K southwest of Columbia
  • Lock & Dam 20 at Canton
  • Lock & Dam 24 at Clarksville
  • Lock & Dam 25 east of Winfield
  • Mingo National Wildlife Refuge northwest of Puxico
  • Moses Eagle Park at Stella
  • Old Chain of Rocks Bridge south of I-270, off of Riverview Drive in St. Louis
  • Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary, east of West Alton
  • Schell-Osage Conservation Area north of El Dorado Springs
  • Smithville Lake north of Kansas City
  • Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge south of Mound City
  • Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge south of Sumner
  • Table Rock Lake and Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery southwest of Branson
  • Truman Reservoir west of Warsaw
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