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The Birds Are Back – Bald Eagles in ILLINOISouth


It’s a bird, it’s a…no it’s actually a bird – a Bald Eagle to be specific. There’s lots of them flying around ILLINOISouth. Ever year in January and
February several of these majestic birds flock (get it?) to several places in the area to find food in lakes and rivers that aren’t frozen over.
Visitors from near and far come to several locations along the Mighty Mississippi to take a peek at our feathered friends. Look out spots like the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge in Granite City (Madison County) and the Jerry F. Costello Lock and Dam in Modoc (Randolph County) provide the perfect vantage point to catch a glimpse. Carlyle Lake (Clinton County), the largest man-made lake in Illinois, also attracts many Eagles along its
83 miles of shoreline. This year alone 100 were spotted during an annual two-day count. This continues a trend of increased eagle populations coming
to the area in the winter months.
In addition to eagle watching, several events are held each year in ILLINOISouth and surrounding areas, which give visitors a chance to learn about our National Bird. Along with educational opportunities and activities, many of these events typically give people a chance to get up close and personal with Eagles.
There are many other places in ILLINOISouth to spot Bald Eagles and other fascinating wild life. Where have you seen them? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.

For more information on annual eagle watching events, visit our online calendar, or check out the US Army Corps of Engineers site here.

By |2015-01-29T15:51:46+00:00January 29th, 2015|Categories: Attractions, Events, Outdoors, What's Happening|0 Comments

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