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2015-16 Eagle Events Masterlist

Eagle season is here! We’ve compiled a list of all the eagle-themed events happening this winter! Make this eagle watching season the best ever with an Eagle Watching Getaway at The Beall Mansion!

Eagle Watching with Ranger at Two Rivers Wildlife Refuge

Enjoy a morning of eagle watching led by refuge rangers from Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge. Participants will have the chance to visit multiple areas at the refuge that are known for eagles.

Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge
Brussels, IL, 62013
(618) 883-2524
Free

 

Fish-N-Eagles

Learn about bald eagles, what they eat, why they are here, and how to distinguish between an adult bald eagle and a juvenile bald eagle.

Grafton Visitor Center
950 W. Main Street
Grafton, IL, 62037
(618) 786-7000
Free

 

Bald Eagle Days at Pere Marquette State Park

Enjoy an informative presentation and short video about eagles, then take a driving tour to spot some! Each presentation begins at the Visitor Center at 8:30 am

Pere Marquette Visitor Center
Visitor Center Lane
Grafton, IL, 62037
(618) 786-3323
Free, but reservations are required

 

Eagle Shuttle Tours

Embark on a guided shuttle tour to visit some of the area’s eagle hotspots. Tours run at 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, and 1:30 every Saturday in January.

Alton Visitor Center
200 Piasa Street
Alton, IL, 62002
(800) 258-6645
$5

  

Alton Audubon Eagle Festival

Kick off the eagle watching season with Alton-Audubon Eagle Festival, where you can see a live eagle up close, meet with partners from the center’s Eagle Watching Hot Spots, and learn about eagles and how to spot them. Then, head across the river to Downtown Alton to see some ice sculpting “magic” in the streets.

Audubon Center at Riverlands
301 Riverlands Way
West Alton, MO, 63386
(636) 899-0090
Free

 

Live American Bald Eagle Meet & Greet

Get up close and personal with a live bald eagle at the Alton Visitor Center 10 am to 2 pm each Saturday in January! Experts will be on hand to answer questions about this majestic species, their habitats, and much more.

Alton Visitors Center
200 Piasa Street
Alton, IL, 62002
(800) 258-6645
Free

 

Live Bald Eagles at TreeHouse Wildlife Center

See a live bald eagle up close and personal each weekend in January and February at TreeHouse Wildlife Center. Visitors will have the chance to ask questions and learn about the species and their habitats.

TreeHouse Wildlife Center
23956 Green Acres Rd
Dow, IL, 62022
(618) 466-2990
Free

 

Birds of Winter: Raptor Saturdays and Eagle Sundays

Learn about eagle and swan watching and see a live eagle or raptor up close, courtesy of World Bird Sanctuary and Treehouse Wildlife Center

Audubon Center at Riverlands
301 Riverlands Way
West Alton, MO, 63386
(636) 899-0090
Free

 

Itchy Brothers Chainsaw Art

Watch as the men of Itchy Brothers Chainsaw Art carve a wooden sculpture of the area’s winter treasure: the bald eagle.

Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower
435 Confluence Tower Drive
Hartford, IL, 6048
(618) 251-9101
Free

 

Chip Off the Block Ice Carving

Watch as talented artisans create one-of-a-kind ice sculptures, including the American Bald Eagle. The sculpture will be on display at the Tower until melted.

 Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower
435 Confluence Tower Drive
Hartford, IL, 6048
(618) 251-9101
Free

 

Bald Eagle Festival

Pere Marquette’s celebration of the bald eagle will feature various vendors, tasty food, live music, and presentations by the World Bird Sanctuary at 11, 1, and 3 (additional $3 admission).

Pere Marquette Lodge & Conference Center
Lodge Boulevard
Grafton, IL, 62037
(618) 786-2331
Free
 

Birds of Prey

Learn about eagles as well as other birds of prey that call the Riverbend home. There will be displays, educational activities, and live raptors (courtesy of Treehouse Wildlife Center).

Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower
435 Confluence Tower Drive
Hartford, IL, 6048
(618) 251-9101
Free

 

Eagle Watching Open House

Join Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge to learn about eagles and take a tour to see some in their natural habitat on the Illinois River.

Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge
HCR 82 Box 107
Brussels, IL, 62013
(618) 883-2524
Free

 

Masters of the Sky

See eagles, falcons, owls, and other birds of prey at the National Great Rivers Museum. Showtimes are 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm both days. There will also be a free eagle display in the gallery at noon and 2 pm.

National Great Rivers Museum
Locks & Dam Way
Alton, IL, 62002
(877) 462-6979
$5/adult; $3/child (3-12)

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