U.S. Army Corps of Engineers offers eagle watch adventures

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record
Leafless trees help reveal the nation's symbol, the American Eagle.

Tis' the Season - to plan ahead for you're an eagle watching adventure! The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mississippi River Project invites the public to attend one or more of the Bald Eagle watches at the Historic Clock Tower Tours, located on Arsenal Island.

As the weather turns colder and the river starts to freeze, the American Bald Eagle will begin to line the trees of the Upper Mississippi River. Eagles congregate on the river and near locks and dams because the turbulent water on the downstream side of the dam doesn't freeze and makes for great fishing! Most will only stay here for a few short months before returning north as the weather warms up once again.

If you would like a unique experience check out the Eagle Watch/Historic Clock Tower Tours. Not only will you be able to view eagles on your tour, but you will also be watching them from one of the Quad Cities oldest and most recognized historic structures - The Clock Tower Building.

Tours begin with a brief presentation about the American Bald Eagle in the Visitor Center Theater. We will then walk to the Clock Tower for an overview of this unique historical structure. A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers park ranger will lead you back into history. While in the tower a spotting scope to view eagles is set up. So sign up today to view eagles and find out exactly what makes that clock tick.

The tour starts at the Mississippi River Visitor Center located at Locks and Dam 15 on the west end of Arsenal Island. Each event will last approximately 75 minutes. The tour size is limited to 15 persons. You are encouraged to bring binoculars. There are several stories of stairs to climb and the Tower is not heated. Reservations are required. Call the Mississippi River Visitor Center at (309) 794-5338 to make a reservation.

Weekend access to the Island is through the Moline or Davenport entrances. All vehicles are subject to search. Persons over 16 years of age will be asked to show a picture ID. We recommend that you allow extra time for passing through security.