Every winter, the show-me-state welcomes record numbers of bald eagles and boasts some of the most plentiful viewing areas in all of the lower 48 states. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages eagle-lovers of all ages to discover nature and get outdoors to view our nation’s symbol at the annual Eagle Days event at Lock and Dam 24 at Clarksville on Jan. 26 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Jan. 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Spotting scopes will be set up at the River Front Park and volunteers and staff from MDC will help visitors watch eagles and migrating waterfowl. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers staff maintains a bonfire to keep the chill off as participants watch the eagles feeding on fish in the open waters.
Additionally, Eagle Days features activities to entertain and educate the whole family. The Apple Shed Theater, located on Missouri 79 on the south edge of town, will host a live eagle program every hour on the hour, hands-on exhibits and displays, kids’ activities, and viewing of the MDC video Where Eagles Soar. The building is not heated, so make sure to dress warmly.
“Eagle Days are a great way to enjoy nature in the winter and also a fun way to spend time as a family,” said Karen Armstrong, MDC conservation education coordinator. “Make sure to bundle up the family, for temperatures can be chilly, bring blankets, and don’t forget your camera and binoculars.”
The annual celebration of winter wildlife watching is hosted by the Missouri Depart-ment of Conservation, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the City of Clarksville.
All events at Clarksville Eagle Days are free. Clarksville is located south of Louisiana on Missouri Highway 79. For more information, call Armstrong at 660-785-2420 or visit mdc.mo.gov and search “Eagle Days.”