Bald Eagle Watch 2011

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mississippi River Project invite the

public to enjoy a day of eagle viewing as a part of the Eagles and Ivories Ragtime Weekend Festival held in Muscatine, Iowa.  The annual Bald Eagle Watch portion of the program will take place Saturday, Jan. 29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Pearl City Station in Riverside Park, 100 Harbor Drive, Muscatine, Iowa and nearby Lock and Dam 16 located 1.3 river miles upstream of the Muscatine Bridge off of 102nd Ave W, Illinois City, Illinois.   

Spotting scopes will be available for viewing the eagles from Riverside Park and Lock and Dam 16. Park rangers from the Corps of Engineers, naturalists from the Muscatine County Conservation Board and volunteers will be available to assist with the scopes and answer questions. Learn more about birds of prey as naturalists from Wildlife Prairie State Park near Peoria, Illinois present live bird programs at 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. inside the Pearl City Station.  

Bald eagle dance performances will take place at 1 p.m. and 2

p.m. inside the Pearl City Station. Rudy Vallejo, a member of the Kickapoo Tribe of Kansas, will demonstrate the significance of the bald eagle to Native American culture and perform a dance in honor of this majestic bird.

Representatives from local organizations will be available to share

information about conservation and the environment. All activities for this event are free. For more information, contact the Muscatine Park Rangers at (563) 263-7913.