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Conservation Department hosts Eagle Days

Missouri is a favorite winter destination for Bald Eagles, and to help people have an opportunity to see these birds in the wild, the Missouri Department of Conservation will host several "Eagle Days" events across the state. Mike Smith has the story:

During the winter months, Missouri is one of the best places in the country to view Bald eagles in their natural habitat, and the Missouri Department of Conservation will give people an opportunity to view America's national symbol this month when it hosts "Eagle Days" throughout Missouri.

Jim Low, of the Missouri Department of Conservation says because Missouri's lakes and rivers generally don't freeze up in the winter, the state is popular with eagles because the open waters allow for better fishing for the birds, and with an ongoing source of food, Bald Eagles really like to spend the winter here.

James Dixon, with the Springfield Conservation Nature Center says Springfield's "Eagle Days" will be held at the nature Center on Saturday, January 22nd from 9am-4pm, and Sunday, January 23rd from 11am-4pm. The event will include live eagle programs, exhibits, activities, videos, guides with spotting scopes, and refreshments on site or nearby.

For more information:

or call the Springfield Conservation Narure center at 417-888-4237.

For KSMU news, I'm Mike Smith.