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Published November 22, 2017

Eagle Days: It’s time once again to look for eagles

JEFFERSON CITY - From December through February, Missouri's winter eagle watching is spectacular. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is holding various Eagle Days events around the state and local sites can also be attended for eagle viewing at anytime.

Because of the state’s big rivers, many lakes, and abundant wetlands, Missouri is one of the leading lower 48 states for bald eagle viewing. Each fall, thousands of these great birds migrate south from their nesting range in Canada and the Great Lakes states to hunt in the Show-Me State.

Eagles take up residence wherever they find open water and plentiful food. More than 2,000 bald eagles are typically reported in Missouri during winter.

In the lake area, Lake of the Ozarks at Bagnell Dam Access, east of Bagnell is a popular place to view the birds along with nearby Truman Reservoir west of Warsaw.

For those who want more information and a close up of eagles, the MDC is offering Eagle Days events around the state.

These events include live captive-eagle programs, exhibits, activities, videos, and guides with spotting scopes. Watch for eagles perched in large trees along the water’s edge. View them early in the morning to see eagles flying and fishing. Be sure to dress for winter weather and don't forget cameras and binoculars.

• MOUND CITY: Dec. 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge near Mound City. Call 816-271-3100 for more information.
• KANSAS CITY: Jan. 6 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Jan. 7 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Smithville Lake Paradise Pointe Golf Course Clubhouse north of Kansas City. Call 816-532-0174 for more information.
• ST. LOUIS: Jan. 13 and 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge south of I-270 off Riverview Drive in St. Louis. Call 314-301-1500 for more information.
• SPRINGFIELD: Jan. 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Jan. 21 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the MDC Springfield Conservation Nature Center. Call 417-888-4237 for more information
• JEFFERSON CITY: Jan. 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the MDC Runge Conservation Nature Center. Call 573-526-5544 for more information.
• CLARKSVILLE: Jan. 27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Jan. 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lock and Dam 24 and Apple Shed Theater in Clarksville. Call 660-785-2424 for more information.
• SCHELL CITY: Feb. 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Schell City Community Center and Schell Osage Conservation Area. Call 417-876-5226 for more information.

If you bird watchers can’t make an Eagle Days event then other hot spots for winter eagle viewing include:

• Lake of the Ozarks at Bagnell Dam Access, east of Bagnell
• Truman Reservoir west of Warsaw
• Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area on Route K, southwest of Columbia
• Lock & Dam 20, Canton
• Lock & Dam 24 at Clarksville
• Lock & Dam 25 east of Winfield
• Mingo National Wildlife Refuge northwest of Puxico
• Old Chain of Rocks Bridge south of I-270, off of Riverview Drive, St. Louis
• Riverlands Environmental Demonstration Area east of West Alton
• Schell-Osage Conservation Area north of El Dorado Springs
• Smithville Lake north of Kansas City
• Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge south of Mound City
• Stella at Moses Eagle Park
• Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge south of Sumner
• Table Rock Lake and Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery southwest of Branson

For more information, visit mdc.mo.gov/EagleDays

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