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Winter bald eagle watching events upcoming in Wisconsin

Eagle watching kicks off Jan. 14-15 in Prairie du Sac

MADISON – Sauk City and Prairie du Sac on the Wisconsin River
will hold the 24th annual Bald Eagle Watching Days on Jan. 14-15,
2011, in partnership with event sponsor, the Alliant Energy
Foundation. Cassville will hold its 17th annual Bald Eagle Days on
Jan. 30-31 and Prairie du Chien will hold Bald Eagle Appreciation
Day on Feb. 26.

Each winter, hundreds of bald eagles congregate along areas of
the Wisconsin and Mississippi rivers where they feed on fish in the
open water below dams. Wildlife officials say this is the largest
concentration of wintering bald eagles in the lower 48 states,
offering some of the best eagle viewing in the nation.

Volunteer spotters from the Ferry Bluff Eagle Council (exit DNR)
counted 115 eagles on Dec. 5, 2010.

Wisconsin currently has approximately 1,145 territorial pairs of
eagles, according to surveys conducted by DNR wildlife
biologists.

In 1971 Wisconsin banned the use of DDT after scientists
determined eagle numbers were dropping as the birds, impacted by
DDT, failed to reproduce because their eggshells were weak. The
bald eagle was listed as both a state and federally endangered
species.

A major milestone was reached in August 2007 when the bald
eagles were removed from the Federal Endangered Species Act’s
endangered and threatened species list. Wisconsin’s large and
successful population played a significant role in that federal
delisting.

The Endangered Resources tax check-off option found on Wisconsin
state tax returns gives taxpayers the option of donating a portion
of any tax refund toward the protection and management of
endangered resources in Wisconsin.

Many of the best eagle viewing destinations are featured in the
Great Wisconsin Birding and Nature Trail guides available from the
Department of Natural Resources.

Bald Eagle Watching Days at Sauk City-Prairie du
Sac

The 24th Bald Eagle Watching Days will be held Friday evening and
Saturday, Jan. 14 and 15. Events begin at 7 p.m. Friday with a live
birds of prey show featuring hawks, eagles, owls and falcons put on
by The Raptor Center from the University of Minnesota. Information
is also available by calling 1-800-683-2453.

The raptor show will be repeated at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on
Saturday.

Also on Saturday, Wollersheim Winery, the event’s Conservation
Partner, will offer Eagle White Wine tasting throughout the day.
And, at 12:30 p.m., Wildlife humorist David Stokes will do a show
titled “Fun Animal Adaptations.” DNR staff will run kids activities
and give talks on eagles in Wisconsin and eagle conservation
efforts. There will be eagle tours throughout the day led by Ferry
Bluff Eagle Council members and DNR staff. A complete schedule of
activities (exit DNR) can be found on the Ferry Bluff Eagle Council
Web site.

Open water below the dam on the Wisconsin River at Sauk City and
Prairie du Sac is a customary winter gathering place for bald
eagles. The Ferry Bluff Eagle Council maintains an overlook for
viewing eagles, preserves habitat for eagles, conducts eagle
programs, educates people on how to watch eagles yet maintain the
bird’s safety, creates educational material for schools and works
with landowners to manage habitat. Council members also monitor
night time eagle roosts during the winter.

Cassville Bald Eagle Days

The 17th Annual Bald Eagle Days Celebration will be held Jan. 30
and 31 in Cassville on the Mississippi River in Grant County. Every
year hundreds of eagles spend the winter in the Cassville area
where the birds can be seen along the village’s waterfront. Each
day, from 8 a.m. to noon, knowledgeable volunteers from the
Cassville area will assist birders in locating eagles at the
Wildlife Observation Deck at Cassville’s Riverside Park. Education
programs will be held Saturday, January 31 beginning at 9 a.m. at
the Cassville High School, 715 E Amelia St.

Prairie du Chien Bald Eagle Appreciation Day Saturday,
Feb 26

The City of Prairie du Chien will hold its annual Bald Eagle
Appreciation Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011.
The event includes live bald eagle programs, various birding and
nature exhibits and displays, birding experts on hand, outdoor
viewing of bald eagles through spotting scopes, life-size bald
eagle nest, activities for children.

The main event location is the Prairie du Chien Regional Tourism
Center/AmericInn Lodge & Suites, 211 South Main. More
information is available on the Prairie du Chien chamber of
commerce website.

 

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