Thousands of Bald Eagles Winter in Iowa
Posted: 01/28/2014
Iowa’s midwinter bald eagle surveys indicate high numbers of eagles in areas of open water where gizzard shad are plentiful, but the Mississippi River has the greatest concentration.

The Mississippi from Fort Madison to Keokuk reported as many as 2,300 eagles. During Keokuk’s Annual Bald Eagle Appreciation Days, upwards of 900 eagles were in the area, many perched on the giant cottonwoods and oaks along the bluffs.

Bald eagles will provide spectacular eagle viewing until the spring thaw. Bald eagle watch events are scheduled into mid-March.

2014 Bald Eagle Watch Events
*events with asterisk have a school day on Friday

Mississippi River Visitor Center, Arsenal Island, Rock Island, Ill.
Saturdays and Sundays, through Feb. 15, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Combination Eagle Watch and Historic Clock Tower Tours

Coralville Bald Eagle Watch
Feb. 8
Indoor Expo

Grays Lake Des Moines Bald Eagle Watch                                                           
Feb. 14-15
Des Moines Parks and Rec will be hosting a Valentine’s Day Bald Eagle Watch at the eagle nest at Grays Lake on Fleur Drive in Des Moines on Feb. 14, and viewing with indoor live eagle at 6th St. on Feb. 15.

Effigy Mounds Bald Eagle Watch                                                   
Feb. 22

Saylorville Bald Eagle Watch
Feb. 23, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

O’Brien County Bald Eagle Watch
March 1, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Prairie Heritage Center, 4931 Yellow Ave., Peterson
There will be spotting scopes and binoculars available.
Ty Smedes will be presenting his book “The Return of Iowa’s Bald Eagle” at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
For more information call Charlene Elyea 712-295-7200

Sioux Rapids
March 22
American Legion Building, 200 Main Street, Sioux Rapids
Registration from 8:30 to 10 a.m.
Speakers from 10 a.m. to Noon
Refreshments will be served in the morning. There will be a free will offering lunch at 12:15 p.m.