Today’s Winter Wonderland

Pelicans and eagles are both roaming the skies today in Clarksville. Before I took my shift at the visitor center, I took a few pictures.

And I’ve had a few visitors stop by. A few friends and a few strangers. We all agree it’s been a great day to be out in Clarksville.

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Eagle Days 2013

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.

Bring on the Cold

Weather

Don’t let this weather keep you inside. I would love to see it COLD all week! With the freezing cold, comes better eagle viewing in Clarksville, Missouri. Take a look at the eagles I caught last week when there was just enough ice on the Mississippi River to let them land and eat their catch without flying back to their tree.

The ICE is NICE!

Remember, this weekend, January 26th-27th 2013 is Eagle Days, where the World Bird Sanctuary will be making eagle presentations every hour Saturday & Sunday. They usually bring 2 different types of eagles. One bald eagle, and another eagle species to compare and contrast. Last year they brought a tawny eagle. Held in the unheated Clarksville Appleshed, you’ll need to wear your coat, but it’s well wort the trip.

Just this weekend, January 19 & 20, we had a great weekend of eagle activity with over 40 eagles flying around Clarksville. But if you want to really see an eagle, you should not miss Eagle Days.

Last year I was able to get this close-up picture and more from the World Bird Sanctuary presentation:

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Eagle Season is Here!

Image by Clarksville's Kevin Massiglia

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.

Beautiful Clarksville, Missouri is also ready to welcome eagle lovers during their Eagle Days weekend of January 28th and 29th! Take a beautiful winter drive on the Little Dixie Highway of the Great River Road to reach Clarksville from the north or south.

Check out our annotated Google map of the amenities of Clarksville’s Eagle Day weekend.

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.
  • Grab lunch in town at the Eagles’ Bluff Restaurant, Clarksville Station, Bove’s Dry Saloon, or Cool Beans Cafe.
  • Visit Great River & Clarence Cannon National Wildlife Refuges or the new Calumet Creek trail for a more adventurous trip.

Things to Bring:

  • Binoculars: Short drives or hikes are available for the more adventurous, but you’ll need your own binoculars.
  • Warm clothes, hats, and gloves: If it’s not the 60 degrees it has been!
  • Camera: You have to get a picture of the eagles the conservation brings. They are amazing.
  • Questions: Conservation agents will be here to answer your questions.