Eagle Awareness Weekend will be held Jan. 5 and 6. The Bald Eagle will again be the guest of honor at this year's Eagle Awareness event at Bull Shoals-White River State Park.
The Bald Eagle is not only the national symbol, but also a symbol of of one's ability to save and conserve species. Each winter, the Ozarks plays host to over 100 bald eagles migrating to and through this prime eagle wintering ground.
This weekend will be a chance to get out and see eagles, various other birds of prey and migratory birds in the wild as expert rangers, naturalists and park interpreters take guests within viewing distance. In years past, most visitors to the event have spotted eagles in the wild.
Other common sightings on the tours include ospreys, waterfowl, herons, looms and owls. Visitors also see birds up close as local bird rehabilitators and bird handlers from the Little Rock Zoo show them off within arm's reach.
This year's guest speakers will be raptor rehabilitator Lynn Sciumbato, falconer Howard Davis and the Little Rock Zoo, who will showcase a live mature Bald Eagle and other birds of prey.
A new addition for 2007 will be a Bird Bonanza Open House at the James A. Gaston Visitor Center. One can visit the center from 6-9 p.m. to gain a wealth of information about birding in Arkansas. Activities include owl prowls, owl pellet dissections, live raptor meet and greet and a bird brain scavenger hunt.
Scheduled activities include guided eagle tours on Bull Shoals Lake, waterfowl, spotting van tours, guided birding walks, evening owl prowls, children's program and live bird demonstrations.
All activities are free except for lake tours, which cost $6.75 for adult and $3.25 for a child.
For more information contact the park at 870-445-3629.