Archive for Friday, January 20, 2006

Annual event puts all eyes on eagles

Viewing of birds at Clinton Lake, educational programs set for Sunday

January 20, 2006


Kipp Walters is ready to help people find a bald eagle.

"I've been seeing them (the birds) every morning," said Walters, a park ranger with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Office at Clinton Lake.

He'll be leading free tours at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday as part of the Eagles Day celebration.

"We'll meet at the Corps office at the north end of the dam," Walters said. "We'll talk a little bit about the eagles, and then we'll go find some perched in a tree. We'll set up a spotting scope so everyone can see them."

Now in its 10th year, Eagles Day organizers use the event to familiarize people with bald eagles and to promote environmental awareness.

Most of the day's activities will be at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds, Building 21, where a dozen or so groups will have information booths and exhibits. Doors open at 11 a.m. and close at 4 p.m.

"There will be eagles there and some other raptors as well," said Cynthia Shaw, who's coordinating the event with her husband, Ed, on behalf of the Jayhawk Audubon Society.

Eagles Day co-sponsors include the Corps of Engineers, Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, ICL Performance Products, and Westar Green Team.

"This is our biggest education project of the year," Shaw said, noting that more than 1,000 people - parents and children, mostly - attended Eagles Day 2005.

Eagles also may be seen from the Kansas River bridge, either perched in the nearby cottonwood trees or feeding on fish in the river.

The Riverfront Plaza promenade is closed, but viewing is allowed from inside the plaza or the SpringHill Suites by Marriott.

Eagles Day Schedule

Here's a look at the Eagles Day program Sunday at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds, Building 21, 21st and Harper streets: ¢ 11 a.m.: "Who's at Home on the Range," with mammalogist Thor Holmes. ¢ Noon: "Eagle Nesting in Kansas," with Corps of Engineers ranger Mike Watkins. ¢ 1 p.m.: "Creating, Conserving and Protecting Monarch Habitats," with Monarch Watch director Chip Taylor. ¢ 2 p.m.: "Human Impact on Eagle Populations," with Prairie Park Nature Center director Marty Birrell. ¢ 3 p.m.: "Words from Hugh Cameron, Kansas Hermit," with performance artist Ric Averill., Lawrence, a boy, Thursday.


glockenspiel 12 years, 5 months ago

Wait until the river freezes up and go to 6th and mass, You'll see eagles there all the time.

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