Photo by MDC Staff, courtesy Missouri Department of Conservation.
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and its partners offer the chance to discover a close connection with the bald eagle. The Eagle Days at the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge Festival takes place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, and Sunday, Jan. 20.
The festival will offer spotting scopes for eagle viewing, a live bald eagle educational program with hands-on exhibits, activities, children’s crafts, and Lewis and Clark living history demonstrations.
Read more from the MDC informational release for detailed information and directions.
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…