Eagle Watching Day is this Saturday in Ferryville, WI

The 13th Annual Eagle Watching Day is scheduled for this Saturday, March 4 in Ferryville, WI at the Village Community Center located on State Highway 35, Great River Road. This program is sponsored by the Ferryville Tourism Council, co-sponsored by Friends of Pool 9, and free to the public.

Event activities are from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., with doors opening at 9 a.m. Returning to the program is the Decorah Raptor Resource Project Eagle Cam organization presenting at 12:30 p.m. on “Eagles of the Mississippi River”. John Howe and Amy Reis of the Raptor Resource Project and their team tell about eagle families and how they fly the Mississippi River Valley.

There are many eagle nests in the area, including a new one just south of Ferryville and another new nest on Hwy. 82 to Lansing. The Pool 9 section has more nests than in any other part of the Mississippi River.

Live Eagle Programs will be held at 10:30 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. featuring eagles from the Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota. Learn how the Bald Eagles have returned to this area in increasing numbers and what can be done to support efforts to help eagles flourish. The University of Minnesota Raptor Center is back for the 11th year with raptors and an eagle.

At 9:45 a.m. Bald Eagle Nest Building will take place. Representatives from Friends of Pool 9 and U.S. Fish & Wildlife, with the help of children/youth from the audience, will build a Bald Eagle nest. Learn how “really big” these nests are, how heavy they are and how they are constructed.

At 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., the University of Minnesota presents Live Eagle and Raptor Programs. At 11:30 a.m., there is a “Hooting Contest” for all ages.

Middle School Art/Project awards will be presented to students/teachers present. There will also be free refreshments and children’s craft activities throughout the day. De Soto Middle School students, Seneca Middle School students, St. Charles Middle School and home school students are participating in a display of art and science projects that educate about Bald Eagles. Students compete for awards which will be awarded for Creativity, Informative, Judges Choice and Most Artistic. Student teams will receive awards to recognize their scholastic achievements at the awards ceremony at 11:45 a.m.

For additional information, go to the Ferryville Tourism Council website at www.visitferryville.com or Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ferryvillewi. Watch for advertisements in The Standard (below) and Northeast Iowa Extra.