The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mississippi River Project invites the public to enjoy a day of eagle viewing. The annual Bald Eagle Watch, a part of the Eagles and Ivories Ragtime Weekend Festival held in Muscatine, Iowa, will take place Saturday, January 26, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Locations include Pearl City Station in Riverside Park, 100 Harbor Drive, Muscatine, Iowa 52761, nearby Lock and Dam #16 located 1.3 river miles upstream of the Muscatine Bridge, 33109 102nd Ave W, Illinois City, Illinois and the Muscatine Power Boat Club located at 35811 102nd Ave W, Illinois City, Illinois 61259.
Spotting scopes will be available for viewing the eagles from Pearl City Station, Lock and Dam #16 and the Muscatine Power Boat Club. Park rangers from the Corps of Engineers, naturalists from the Muscatine County Conservation Board and volunteers will be available to assist with the scopes and answer questions. Learn more about birds of prey as naturalists from Wildlife Prairie State Park near Peoria, Illinois present live bird programs at 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. inside Pearl City Station. Enjoy a presentation on birds from around the world from bird researcher Kelly McKay at 1:00 p.m. inside Pearl City Station. Representatives from local organizations will be available to share information about conservation and the environment. A craft area will be available for kids. The Pearl City Station and Muscatine Power Boat Club buildings will be open to warm up and enjoy some hot chocolate and coffee. All activities for this event are free. For more information, please contact the Muscatine Park Rangers at (563) 263-7913.
Release no. 13-004