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January 5, 1998


The second annual Kaw Valley Eagles Day will be held Saturday at the Lawrence Riverfront Plaza Factory Outlets and other locations.

The event, held to provide the public with opportunities to learn more about bald eagles and golden eagles, is sponsored by the Jayhawk Audubon Society and the outlet mall.

The main area of activity will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the lower level of the mall.

Activities will include a multimedia presentation by Scott Campbell of the Aerie Nature Series; Kickapoo Indian dancers and drummers who perform traditional Native American dances, and viewing of live bald and golden eagles by Operation Wildlife of Linwood.

In addition, field trips will be given by staff members of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at both Clinton and Perry lakes to see eagles in the wild.

People interested in participating in the field trips should assemble at the Clinton or Perry lake U.S. Army Corps of Engineers office headquarters at 10 a.m. or 2 p.m.

All activities are free.

The bald eagle was chosen as the nation's symbol more than 200 years ago. They are found only in North America and while once prominent throughout the country, habitat destruction, illegal poaching and contamination of its food source by pesticides nearly wiped out the species.

Each year, between 800 and 1,000 bald eagles spend their winters in Kansas. During winter months, bald eagles regularly use the large trees along the Kansas River as perches from which they spot their prey as they hunt for food.

Nest sites at area lakes have produced young eaglets for the last several years and some of those young, after reaching maturity, have returned to nest in the area.

Most wintering eagles, however, return in March to nest in the far northern part of the country.

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