America’s national bird, the bald eagle, will be on display during the annual Carlyle Lake Eagle Watch, February 13, 2016. It’s a great opportunity to see this magnificent raptor, and also learn more about it.
The U.S. Corps of Engineers, in partnership with Case-Halstead Library, is hosting the event at the library in Carlyle, Illinois, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. In the morning there will be a viewing of the movie, All About Eagles, and a special program by the World Bird Sanctuary, with a live bald eagle. To better understand the majesty of the bird, visitors will be able to observe replicas of a bald eagle skull, egg, talons and feathers. The family-friendly event will also include story time and crafts.
After the program, visitors can grab a map and head out to the lake to view eagles in their habitat. Don’t forget your binoculars! Park Rangers will also be at various prime locations with spotting scopes, and will be happy to answer questions.
Earlier this winter, Carlyle Lake staff members did their annual Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey, where they noted 28 mature and 12 immature eagles in the four-county lake area. This number has steadily increased over the years, and that means your chances of seeing eagles in the wild are very good.
Carlyle Lake Eagle Watch
Saturday, February 13, 2016
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
550 Sixth Street, Carlyle, IL
618-594-2484 (Carlyle Lake Project Office)
Be sure to dress for the weather. Though we always give you a warm welcome here in Clinton County, we can’t guarantee the weather will!
Photos: Mike Claypool, Centralia, IL. Courtesy of Carlyle lake Project Office