2023 Eagle Watch Weekend
January 28-29, 2023

Illinois Waterway Visitor Center
Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center
Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center

 

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Eagle Watching on the Illinois Waterway

Every year tens of thousands of people flock to the Midwest to view bald eagles gathering to feed along major waterways. They have come to catch a glimpse, perhaps for the first time, of our national symbol.

Thousands of bald eagles over-winter along the Mississippi and Illinois rivers near the lock and dams because the turbulence created below the dams provides open water and a smorgasbord of stunned fish to feast on. In addition, the wooded bluffs that overlook the rivers are excellent habitat for roosting and nesting. 

Bald eagle watches take place in many areas across the Midwest throughout January and February, but eagles can be seen from mid December through early March, depending on the weather conditions. As warm weather arrives, many eagles begin their journey back north to Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Canada to prepare for the nesting season.

Lock & Dam Eagle Counts

Each winter, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, conducts eagle counts to monitor the presence of the American bald eagle near locks and dams on the Mississippi and Illinois rivers. The surveys are conducted at 8:30 a.m. every Wednesday and published to the web for public information.

Click the title of the lock and dam in the list below to view this year's count information. 

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Date

Adults

Juveniles

12/7/22

1 0

12/14/22

0 0
12/21/22 2 0

12/28/22

2 0
1/4/23 1 1
1/11/23 2 2
1/18/23 1 0
1/25/23    
2/1/23    
2/8/23    
2/15/23    
2/22/23    

Date

Adults

Juveniles

12/7/22

no report no report

12/14/22

no report no report
12/21/22 no report no report

12/28/22

no report no report
1/4/23 no report no report
1/11/23 no report no report
1/18/23 no report no report
1/25/23    
2/1/23    
2/8/23    
2/15/23    
2/22/23    

 

Date

Adults

Juveniles

12/7/22

0 0

12/14/22

1 1
12/21/22 2 4

12/28/22

2 10
1/4/23 no report no report
1/11/23 4 2
1/18/23 2 1
1/25/23    
2/1/23    
2/8/23    
2/15/23    
2/22/23    
 

Date

Adults

Juveniles

12/7/22

no report no report

12/14/22

no report no report
12/21/22 no report no report

12/28/22

no report no report
1/4/23 no report no report
1/11/23 no report no report
1/18/23 no report no report
1/25/23    
2/1/23    
2/8/23    
2/15/23    
2/22/23