WINONA, Missouri – Discover how majestic a bald eagle and a golden eagle are with the Eagle Days event at the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) Twin Pines Conservation Education Center (CEC) on Thursday, January 20.
The center has partnered with Dickerson Park Zoo to Bring Eagles in for guests of all ages to ask questions and learn fun facts about eagles.
Registration is required and can be completed online here. Places are limited to 25 participants.
“Sightings of eagles are on the increase in our area, so we are offering this opportunity to learn more about them, how to identify them and how to be friends with them and other wildlife,” said Reva Dow, CEC director. by Twin Pines.
Due to Missouri’s large rivers, numerous lakes, and abundant wetlands, Show-Me State is one of the lower 48 states for bald eagle viewing. Each fall, thousands of these large birds migrate south from their nesting grounds in Canada and the Great Lakes states to hunt in Missouri.
Eagles settle wherever they find free water and abundant food. Over 2,000 bald eagles are typically reported in Missouri during the winter.
âThis is one of our many programs scheduled during our seasonal shutdown which runs from December through March,â added Dow.
The CEC Twin Pines fishing pond and trails will remain open to visitors during this time. More free programs can be found online here.
To keep everyone safe, in-person programs force family groups to socially distance themselves and masks are recommended. Those interested are also reminded to follow current health recommendations, including staying home if you are ill, washing your hands with soap and water, and / or using hand sanitizer, and show consideration to others.
More MDC Eagle Days Events
MDC offers Eagle Days events statewide. Some events will include live eagle programs, exhibits, activities, videos, and guides with spotting scopes. Some events require registration. The locations include:
- Springfield Nature Conservation Center in Springfield – from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on January 15 and from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on January 16. Pre-registration compulsory.
- Lock and Dam 24 and Apple Shed Theater in Clarksville – from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on January 29 and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on January 30.
- Runge Conservation Center in Jefferson City – Eagle Explore at Marion Access – from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on January 22.
For more information on bald eagles, visit the MDC’s online field guide here.
Twin Pines is located one mile east of Winona on US Highway 60. For more information, click here or by calling (573) 325-1381.