We just wrapped up the 2013 Clarksville Eagle Days weekend. The weather provided us with a beautiful day of sunshine on Saturday. It was brisk but the sunny & clear skies made it a great day to be outside with a pair of binoculars to spot eagles, pelicans, deer, and other wildlife. But unfortunately, we all woke to a Sunday morning of icy rain and gloomy skies. That seemed to kept some of the crowd away for the second day of bird watching. Those who did brave the weather still enjoyed the indoor scopes at the Visitor Center, the coffee at the Farm Café, a beer at Tubby’s, and another live eagle show at the Apple Shed. I did at least 🙂
The World Bird Sanctuary of St Louis put on an great live eagle presentation in the Apple Shed. They brought 2 eagles: Duncan, an Australian Wedge-Tailed Eagle; and McGuire, a Northern Bald Eagle; and presented a 30 minute show every hour. I can’t express how cool the show is. If you haven’t been, you must put it on your list for next year.
We’d also like to thank the MO Department of Conservation. MDC organizes Eagle Days and provides field scopes, bonfires, films, brochures and personnel for a full weekend of outdoor learning and fun. We’re glad they come to town, and thank them for helping to make all our visitors feel welcome.
I really got some good shots of a few aggressive eagles fighting over a fresh catch on the frozen Mississippi River just north of Lock & Dam 24. The eagle watching is getting pretty good. I hope you all make it out for:
I found this eagle perched in a tree just off highway 79 just north of the Clarksville Visitor Center yesterday. I’d guess there are 40+ eagles around the Clarksville Lock & Dam. Sometimes they fly across highway 79 and perch in the bluffs just north of town. Otherwise they’re fishing just south of the dam or perched in trees off Clarksville Island.
Local eagle watcher Ron told me, “A dozen eagles were diving, fishing, and aerial fighting near the Clarksville Riverfront Park yesterday during the Garden Club meeting. We had a great view from the Clarksville Visitor Center. It seems like more eagles are arriving daily on the Canadian express!”
The Clarksville Garden Club meets today at 1 P.M. in the Clarksville Visitor’s Center. The public is welcome. Come see how local gardeners have been keeping busy this winter, and what the club has planned for summer.
Friday kicks off Clarksville’s Eagle Days weekend! I’m heading into town soon to check on the eagle population. I hope to return with some good pictures to give you all a preview.
The Confluence Greenway is set to begin eagle watching season by hosting Eagle Days this weekend! Eagle lovers of all ages are invited to the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge on January 14th and 15th to watch eagles fishing, soaring overhead and roosting in nearby trees.
During the winter, the Mississippi River hosts one of North America’s largest concentrations of bald eagles, who are drawn to areas of open water in search of fish, their preferred food. The Mississippi River Lock and Dam #24 located in Clarksville, Missouri is an ideal fishing ground for migrating eagles.
Live Eagle Educational Program: Clarksville’s presentation will be at the Apple Shed. Don’t miss this opportunity to be a few feet away from a live eagle! It’s free and gives everyone a chance for a great photo!
Eagle Viewing: Spend time on the waterfront with conservation agents and the amazing viewing scopes they bring. Grab a hot drink from town and stand near a bonfire to keep warm.
Clarksville Visitor Center will have more viewing scopes, children’s activities, and information about the natural beauty offered near Clarksville.