If you never experienced the wonderful bird in flight, it really is an amazing site. I was fascinated by the size of their wing span which can reach up to 90 inches. I had the pleasure of seeing this fabulous creature fly to a nest to feed its young. If you have not had a chance to see these birds in flight you can see them for yourself near various waterways in Illinois.
You can spot the wintering bird at The Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower. The Tower will host eagle events on Saturdays and Sundays throughout January and February. Take a tour of the Tower and see the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, all while enjoying the bird’s-eye-view of the migration patterns of the American Bald Eagle along the Mississippi .
Each weekend at the Tower will host a series of exciting eagle events, including artisans, demonstrations, hikes, workshops and more. For more information about the Lewis Clark Confluence Tower, call (618) 251-9101 or go to http://confluencetower.com/calendar-of-events.cfm.
A few fun facts about bald eagles:
Stature – bones are hollow; weigh 10 – 14lbs. and approx. 7,000 feathers, wingspan 72 to 90 inches
Size – The female bald eagles is 35 to 37 inches, slightly larger than the male.
Flight – fly to an altitude of 10,000 feet and achieve speeds of 30 to 35 mph
Longevity – may live as long as thirty years, because they are top of the food chain
Eagles may live as long as thirty years, because they are top of the food chain. They are strong swimmers along with their excellent eye sight can spot their prey from high altitudes. Their diet is mainly fish, dead and decaying flesh. They like to migrate near their food source, you can find them along many of Illinois water ways.
Check out the other Illinois areas for eagle watching near you:
Bald Eagle Days at Pere Marquette
IL Route 100, Great River Road
Grafton, IL 62037
Phone: (618) 786-3323
Bald Eagle Trolley Tours
Rt 178 & Rt. 71
Utica, IL 61373
Phone: (800) 868-7625
Bob Motz-Professional Bald Eagle Watching Tours
Illinois and Iowa Quad Cities
Rock Island, IL 61201
Phone: (309) 788-8389
Eagle Watching – Union County Refuge
2755 Refuge Road,
Jonesboro, IL 62952
Phone: (618) 833-5175
Eagle Watching in Alton
Alton, IL 60642
Phone: (618) 465-6676
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Illinois Waterway Visitor Center
950 N. 27th Road
Ottawa, IL 61350
Phone: (815) 667-4054
Take a picture of these fabulous creatures and send it to us to post on our flicker account. Submit all photos to: email@example.com. In your email, be sure to include your full name, the title for your image and where in Illinois you captured your eagle shot.