Eagle Days this weekend celebrates national bird’s resurgence
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – In winter, the Ozarks can be an excellent region for viewing bald eagles. Missouri’s normally small resident eagle population swells as the migrating birds from the north move south for milder weather. In some years, more than 2,500 eagles travel along rivers and streams, establishing themselves on bodies of water large and small.
If you want to learn more about bald eagles at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Eagle Days event, this weekend, Jan. 21 and Jan. 22, Springfield Conservation Nature Center will offer multiple free events from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.
The indoor portion of Eagle Days at the Nature Center will include an opportunity to view a live captive bald eagle from Dickerson Park Zoo of Springfield along with programs conducted by docents from the zoo.
On Saturday, eagle programs will be in the Nature Center’s auditorium every hour on the hour from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. On Sunday, programs will be at 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Other eagle activities will also be at the Nature Center.
Also as part of the Eagle Days event, spotting scopes will be set up outside the Springfield/Greene County Park Board’s Lake Springfield Boathouse and Marina for possible eagle sighting along Lake Springfield.
For more information about Eagle Days, call 417-888-4237. The Missouri Conservation Department’s Springfield Conservation Nature Center is located in at 4601 S. Nature Center Way, just off U.S. 65.
Information about bald eagles in Missouri can also be found at mdc.mo.gov/eagledays.