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Eagle Watching

Pere Marquette State Park Bald Eagle Days - Grafton, IL

December 27 & 28, 2021; January 7, 14, 21, 25, 27, 28, 29;  February 2, 3, 4, 25, 26; March 3, 2022 .

  • Reservations Required (starting November 15)
  • Informative Programs begin at the park visitor center at 8:30 a.m.
  • Video Presentation
  • Observational Driving Tour of Eagle Watching Locations near the Park
  • For additional information call 618-786-3323 
  • https://www2.illinois.gov/dnr/Parks/Pages/PereMarquette.aspx

Eagle Watch on the River - Four Rivers Environmental Education Center

January 8

  • Four Rivers is a favorite hangout of bald eagles during the colder months. Celebrate these fascinating birds of prey with guided hikes, family activities, and more! 
  • Dress for the weather and use caution while walking outdoors as snow and ice may be present on paths and parking areas.
  • For more information call the Forest Preserve District of Will County at 815-722-9470
  • For more information 
    https://www.reconnectwithnature.org/news-events/event-calendar

Alton–Audubon Eagle Ice Festival at Center at the Riverlands & Downtown Alton, IL

January 8

  • Eagle Meet & Greet 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Eagle Viewing Walks
  • Kids Activities
  • Ice Sculpting
  • Wildlife Art/Photography
  • Free Admission and shuttle tours available for more information call 800-258-6645
  • Additional information on eagle watching activities throughout the Alton area can be found at  http://www.visitalton.com/seasons/eagle

Clinton, Iowa Annual Bald Eagle Watch

January 8

Quad Cities Bald Eagle Days - Rock Island, IL

January 7, 8 & 9

Quad City Conservation Alliance Expo Center - 2621 Fourth Ave, Rock Island IL

Admission and more information; 309-788-2543 www.qccaexpocenter.com

Mississippi River Visitor Center - Rock Island IL - Eagle Watch / Clock Tower Tours

January 15, 29, February 5, 12

Eagle Days - The Old Chain of Rocks Bridge - **Moves to Powder Valley Nature Center in Kirkwood for 2022**

January 15

Due to COVID-19 considerations and to ensure the safety of visitors and staff, Eagle Days will take on a new format for 2022. The event is free and open to all ages, but attendance will be by online pre-registration only, with six available timeslots each hour throughout the day. Each timeslot has a limited capacity.

Each session will include a special 30-minute presentation in the nature center’s auditorium by World Bird Sanctuary featuring a live bald eagle – and a chance for close-up photo opportunities from 9:00 am to 3:00 p.m.

  • Live Eagle Educational Programs.
  • Viewing Scopes for Eagle Watching available.
  • Hosted by the IDNR, Missouri Dept. of Conservation, and The Confluence
  • For more information visit http://greatriversgreenway.org/eagledays
  • All activities are free.

Keokuk Iowa Bald Eagle Days - Lock and Dam 19 - 36th Annual Bald Eagle Appreciation Days

January 15 & 16

  • Indoor programs and Environmental Fair at the River City Mall, Keokuk, Iowa 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Live Eagle Programs Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., and Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Outdoor viewing along the River Front 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • For more information call the Keokuk Chamber of Commerce: 1-800-383-1219 or 1-319-524-5599
  • For more information visit https://www.traveliowa.com/calendar/35th-annual-bald-eagle-appreciation-days/1618605/

Annual Great River Eagles Days – Lock and Dam 21, Quincy, IL

January 22 & 23

  • Outdoor viewing at Lock and Dam 21 from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Indoor exhibits & events 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., at the Oakley Lindsay Civic Center, admission into the event is $5 for ages twelve and older and $3 for adults over sixty. For more information call:​ 217-577-1930.
  • The Omeyocan Dancers, a spectacular Aztec dance company hailing from Milwaukee, WI, performing both days at 2:00 p.m. 
  • Bald eagles will be present all weekend for close-up viewing from the Raptor Rehabilitation Center.
  • The traditional blessing of the eagle ceremony is to be held Sunday at 10:30 a.m.   
  • Native American vendors and food booths will be on site both days, offering authentic "Fry Bread" and Indian tacos.
  • https://seequincy.com/events/great-river-eagle-days-6/

  • For more information on the Lock & Dam events call the Muscatine Ranger office: 563-263-7913
  • For more information www.mvr.usace.army.mil/Missions/Recreation/MississippiRiverProject/Education/EagleWatching.aspx

Muscatine Iowa Bald Eagle Watch

January 29

Carlyle Lake Eagle Watch

January 29

Starved Rock State Park Eagle Watch Weekend - Utica, IL

January 29 & 30

Bald Eagle Festival - Pere Marquette Lodge, Grafton

January 30

  • Festival will feature live music and entertainment by the World Bird Sanctuary as they showcase the Bald Eagle and several other raptor species in their Masters of the Sky Show at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m, & 3:00 p.m.
  • $5 Tickets for the shows can be purchased on the web site in advance or at the Front Desk at 10:00 a.m. the morning of the Festival.
  • Unique vendor booths, grab a bite to eat in our restaurant, taste locally made wines.
  • The Bald Eagle Festival takes place indoors. Entry into the Festival is free, for more information visit 
    http://www.pmlodge.net/category/events/​

Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge Eagle Watch, Marion, IL

January - Canceled

Kaskaskia Eagle Fest, Jerry F. Costello Lock & Dam - Modoc, IL

February 5

  • Eagle watching with spotting scopes
  • Presentations by the World Bird Sanctuary
  • Animology presentations
  • Children's craft
  • Experience the confluence of the Mississippi and Kaskaskia River
  • Tour the Jerry F. Colstello Lock and Dam
  • Families & leash-trained dogs welcome
  • Food trucks on site.
  • For more information, contact the U.S, Army Corps of Engineers Kaskaskia River Project Office at 618-284-7160

 

Dubuque Iowa Bald Eagle Watch

February - Canceled

Family Eagle Watching Day at Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge, Brussels, IL

February TBA

  • Free Admission & open to the public
  • Ranger guided auto tours at 12:15 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m., & 3:15 p.m.
  • Eagle Photography Display
  • For more information & advanced registration call 618-883-2524 or email tworivers@fws.gov
  • For more information, www.fws.gov/refuge/two_rivers 
  • Weather Dependent

Lake Shelbyville Eagle Day

February - Canceled

  • Lake Shelbyville Visitor Center (off of Route 16 East of Main Dam) 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • This event is offered free of charge, however space and seating is limited.  
  • Please contact the Lake Shelbyville, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to reserve free tickets for the bald eagle program for kids and the birds of prey show.  Tickets can be reserved either by phone, email, or in person at the Lake Shelbyville Project Office.  
  • Eagle program for kids 10:00 a.m. -10:30 a.m.
  • Talk & Gawk in lobby 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Birds of Prey 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • The Project Office is open Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For additional information or to reserve tickets, call (217) 774-3951 X 2 or email lakeshelbyville@usace.army.mil.
  • Free Admission, for more information visit http://www.lakeshelbyville.com

Masters of the Sky Eagle Events, National Great Rivers Museum - Alton, IL

February TBA

  • Eagles, Hawks, Owls and More! 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • 1 Hour Programs presented by Treehouse Rehabilitation Wildlife Center, Featuring Live Birds of Prey
    11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.
  • Tickets are $3.00 for kids 12 & under, $5 for adults (children under age 3 may attend for free)
  • For more information, https://www.mtrf.org or 618-462-6979 or 1-877-462-6979

Mississippi River Eagle Watching

January - February 2022

The U.S. Army Corps of The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers welcomes visitors to see bald eagles at lock and dams along the Mississippi River each winter. Locations and dates are available at

Rock Island District > Missions > Recreation > Mississippi River Project > Education > Eagle Watching (army.mil)

In addition to special events, bald eagles have been found wintering throughout Illinois at locations including the Illinois and Michigan Canal and Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal in northeast Illinois; at locations all along the Illinois River; along open waters on the Du Page River and Fox River in northeast Illinois, including Moraine Hills State Park, McHenry; at Volo Bog State Natural Area, Ingleside; along the Des Plaines River near Channahon State Park, Channahon; near the I-88 bridge in North Aurora on the Fox River; on the Fox River at the Pleasant Valley Forest Preserve in Woodstock; and, along the Rock River at locations including Lowden State Park, Oregon, Illinois.