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2019 Winter Bald Eagle Watches

Iowa is one of the best places in the country to watch large convocations of Bald Eagles. During the winter they move away from their nest sites and gather around open water to hunt and fish on our biggest rivers, particularly the Mississippi and Des Moines. It's a thrilling sight and to make sure as many people as possible get to enjoy this yearly phenomenon, several organizations around the state hold Bald Eagle Watch events.  Check out the times and places on the list below or on DNR's conservation event calendar

January 5th, 2019

Clinton Bald Eagle Watch | 9 am to 3 pm

January 11-13th, 2019

Quad Cities Bald Eagle Days Environmental Fair | Friday 4 pm to 8 pm, Saturday 10 am to 8 pm, Sunday 10 am to 5 pm

January 19, 2019

Dubuque Bald Eagle Watch | 9 am to 4 pm

  • Where: Grand River Center, 500 Bell St., Dubuque, IA
  • Exhibitors, vendors, and children's activities all day. The World Bird Sancturary from St. Louis, MO and Raptor Resource Project will be presenting. Eagle viewing at Lock and Dam #11.
  • http://www.audubondubuque.org/calendar.html

Keokuk Bald Eagle Appreciation Days | January 19 AND 20th |9 am to 4 pm

January 24, 2019

Muscatine Eagles and Ivories Ragtime Weekend | 9am to 3 pm

February 9th 2019

Des Moines Bald Eagle Watch | 10am to 3pm

  • What: Bald Eagle Day
  • When: 9th 10:00am -3:00 pm
  • Where: Fellowship Baptist Church 1503 SE 6th Street and on the SE 6th Street Bridge
  • Who: All ages welcome
  • Why: Observe wild bald eagles outside, activities and presentations inside
  • Fee: Free
  • For Additional information: Contact Joel at 515 248 6369 www.parksEE@dmgov.org

February 22-23, 2019

Effigy Mounds National Monument, Bald Eagle Appreciation Event

  • No more information available. Contact Effigy Mounds National Monument: 563-873-3491 ext. 123

February 24, 2019

Saylorville Bald Eagle Watch | 12pm to 4pm

  • 12-4 pm eagle viewing on the lake with spotting scopes and interpreters. Cottonwood Rec Area and Bob Shetler Rec Area will be open for viewing. Eagle movie at the lake visitor center.
  • 1-3 pm Jester Park with have live birds presentations on the hour.
  • Participants can pick up a passport at either location and when complete can enter into a drawing.
  • Stop by the Saylorville Visitor’s Center to learn about the bald eagle, then venture outside to view them in their natural habitat. Jester Park Lodge will host a live eagle used for education. Hourly programs start at 1 pm. FREE. No registration required.

March 2, 2019

O’Brien County Bald Eagle Watch | 9am to 4 pm

  • At the Prairie Heritage Center, 4931 Yellow Ave. , Peterson, IA 51047
  • For more information Contact the Prairie Heritage Center at 712-295-7200 or visit the website at www.prairieheritagecenter.org

See you on the River!

With the mild December weather, the rivers are mostly open so eagles may be more spread out than during a colder winter.  However, don't let the fact that you may not see record-breaking groups of eagles stop you from checking out one of these events as each offers much to see and learn.  Plus, rarely is a bad day spent watching the river and the wildlife it supports!  

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