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Area residentss can see bald eagles up close this weekend at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center. Mike Smith has the story:
Missouri's lakes and rivers may not seem an obvious cold weather destination, but because the state's waterways rarely freeze over, thousands of bald eagles flock to the Show Me State every winter.
Julie Eulinger is an Naturalist with the Missouri Department of Conservation Springfield Conservation Nature Center. She says bald eagles come to Missouri every winter to feed on fish found in the states lakes and rivers, and she says, eagles are scavengers of sorts, and will take every opportunity to grab a fresh roadkill or fish parts discarded by anglers. Eulinger estimates at least 2000 bald eagles will over winter in Missouri this year.
To help Missourians learn more about bald eagles, the Missouri Department of Conservation, The Parks Division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, and several communities across the state, will present organized "Eagle Days" events that include informational programs and up-close looks at these birds of prey.
The Springfield Conservation Nature Center will host Eagle Days Saturday January 21st from 9-4pm and Sunday January 22nd from 11-4pm. Representatives from Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield will bring a live bald eagle and a live golden eagle for display during the indoor portions of the program which will be held every hour on the hour during the weekend.
Following each indoor program, participants will be invited to travel to Lake Springfield to use spotting scopes provided by the Nature Center to get a good look at eagles in the wild.
For KSMU News, I'm Mike Smith.