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10 States Celebrate King Weekend With Bald Eagle Watches

This weekend 10 states have eagle-watching festivities over King Weekend. And that doesn’t count three more states (OR, NY, NJ) that have eagles right over a river on their border. The recent cold spell seems to be pushing eagles further south. Northern states are reporting slow seasons while those in Alabama and Kentucky are having strong years.

Where are the Eagle Viewing Spots Around the Country?
See the Full Calendar of Eagle-Viewing Events for 2010

Dates State And where is that?
Peak Number of Eagles
Details
Jan 8-Feb 7
AL
Lake Guntersville SP The area gets more than 100, but tours see about 15-35 Eagle Awareness Weekends offer accessible viewing spots to see where eagles nest and hunt. Eagle experts (some with live birds) give talks inside the lodge, too.
Mid Jan-Feb
CA-OR
Lower Klamath Basin on the CA-OR Border 500 The Lower Kalmath Basin National Wildlife Refuge gets up to 500 bald eagles each winter.
According to the refuge, the birds arrive in November but the best viewing is in January and February along the Tule Lake and Lower Klamath auto tours.

Lower Klamath is the country’s first waterfowl refuge. Over a million birds visit for the winter, including white pelicans, Pintail, gadwall, and canvasback ducks. You may also see Sandhill Cranes and antelope.

You can make a reservation to use one of their photography blinds.

Jan 16 – 17
IA
Keokuk, IA’s Dam 19, near the intersection of IA, IL and MO

Try Main Street or 4th and Morgan

Bald Eagle Appreciation Days helps you watch the biggest eagle population on the Mississippi. Rangers will be out with spotting scopes and there are talks nearby related to ducks and osprey.
Every Jan Sat
IL
Alton 100 – 1,000, plus one in the visitor’s center Eagle Meet and GreetGo to the visitor’s center to see an eagle demonstration and get some advice on where on the river to see the eagles.
KY
KY Dam (Dale Hollow (7-8 eagles) canceled this weekend because of barge troubles) About 350 in the area, 150 on Land Between Lakes Eagle Watch Weekends At events around the state, you may be able to go out on barges, yachts or vans,
Jan 16  and/or 17
MO
Truman Lake, Old Chain of Rocks Bridge,Columbia Bottom Confluence Varies across the state, but 2,000 eagles winter in Missouri has

Missouri Eagle Days Events around the state, some with live eagles
Jan 16, 17
PA (NY,NJ)
Delaware Water Gap: Biggest Eagle Population in the Northeast 150 – 200 Eagle Watch Weekend The Eagle Institute has programs to to help you see the eagles on the river and not bother them.
Check local listing

OK
Kaw City Com. Center &; Kaw Nation Tribal Museum Ultimate Eagle Watch The Kaw Nation leads tours and has a day of eagle activities.
Salt Plains NWR, Quartz Mt, Lake Thunderbird. Chickasaw NRA Eagle Watch
Sequoyah St. Pk. Eagle Tour and Loon Watch
Jan 2-Feb 28
TN
Reelfoot Lake St Pk, near the Mississippi by KY average of 100 Eagle Tour Bus tours go out at 10 am all week, with another tour at 1:30 on weekends
Jan 15 and 16
WI
Sauk City and Praire du Sac, north of Madison 101 roost count Eagle Watching Days You can see them by bus or car or got to eagle events

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