Ferryville, WI planning to host 14th Annual Bald Eagle Day March 2

Live eagle presentation ... A trainer and staff member from the University of Minnesota Raptor Center and Maxim, an American Bald Eagle, delight the Ferryville Bald Eagle Day audience. The Raptor Center will be in attendance again at this year’s Bald Eagle Day event with another live eagle presentation. Photo by Sherry Quamme.

Plan now to attend the free 14th Annual Bald Eagle Day Saturday, March 2 in Ferryville, WI at the Village Community Center located on State Highway 35, “The Great River Road”. This program is sponsored by the Ferryville Tourism Council, co-sponsored by Friends of Pool 9, and is free to the public.

Friends of Pool 9 is an organization that does so much in the local area to preserve and protect the environment and the Pool 9 Region of the Mississippi River.

Free refreshments and children’s craft activities will be available throughout the event. There are many eagle nests in the area, including a new one just south of Ferryville and another new nest on Hwy. 82 crossing the river into Lansing. The Pool 9 section has more nests than in any other part of the Mississippi River.

Event activities take place from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. with doors opening at 9 a.m. Returning to the program is the Decorah Raptor Resource Project - Decorah Eagle Cam organization presenting at 12 p.m. on “Eagles of the Mississippi River”. John Howe and Amy Reis of the Raptor Resource Project and their team talk about frisky eagle families and how they inhabit the Mississippi River Valley once again.

Live eagle programs will take place at 10:30 a.m. and 1 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 this effort to help eagles flourish. The University of Minnesota Raptor Center is back for the 12th year with raptors and an eagle.

At 9:45 a.m. Bald Eagle Nest Building will be presented. Friends of Pool 9 and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 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 11:30 a.m. there is a “Hooting Contest” for folks of all ages. Middle School Art/Project awards will also be presented to students/teachers present.

De Soto Middle School students, Seneca Middle School students and St. Charles Middle School students are participating in a display of art and science projects that educate about Bald Eagles. Students compete for awards 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.

Treats such as eagle cookies, hot chocolate, coffee and fresh apple slices from Sunset Orchards in Richland Center will be available as part of Ferryville’ s Bald Eagle Day festivities. For additional information about the event, go to the Ferryville Tourism Council website at www.visitferryville.com or www.facebook.com/ferryvillewi.