Now through February, Missouri’s winter eagle watching is spectacular.

Because of its big rivers, many lakes, and abundant wetlands, Missouri is one of the leading lower 48 states for bald eagle viewing. Each fall, thousands of these great birds migrate south from their nesting range in Canada and the Great Lakes states to hunt in the Show-Me State. baldeagle-11-18-2010-7_crop copy

Eagles take up residence wherever they find open water and plentiful food. More than 2,000 bald eagles are typically reported in Missouri during winter.

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) offers Eagle Days events across the state. The events include live captive-eagle programs, exhibits, activities, videos, and guides with spotting scopes.

Watch for eagles perched in large trees along the water’s edge. View them early in the morning to see eagles flying and fishing. Be sure to dress for winter weather and don’t forget cameras and binoculars.

A few of the events include:

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