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Bald eagle watch scheduled in Clinton

Talons spread, a bald eagle keeps its eyes peeled for food as it swoops over a river. As the rivers and lakes freeze in Canada, bald eagles begin to head south for the winter. Several events are planned to combine education, fun and eagle watching.
Talons spread, a bald eagle keeps its eyes peeled for food as it swoops over a river. As the rivers and lakes freeze in Canada, bald eagles begin to head south for the winter. Several events are planned to combine education, fun and eagle watching.

CLINTON, Iowa – The 36th annual Clinton Bald Eagle Watch will take place Jan. 4 at the Exhibit Hall at Clinton Community College, 1000 Lincoln Blvd.

Hosted by the Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge, the watch takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and will feature educational programs and exhibits. Scheduled activities include:

9:50 a.m.: welcome by Pam Steinhaus with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

10 a.m. and 1 p.m.: “The American Bald Eagle and Other Raptors,” by Hoo Haven from Durand

11 a.m.: “Who Lives with Eagles,” by David Stokes, naturalist from Hales Corners, Wisconsin

12:15 p.m.: “Lions, Bobcats and Bears, Oh My,” by Jessica Steines with Clinton County Conservation in Camanche, Iowa

A free bus service to Lock & Dam 13 in Fulton for eagle viewing is also available from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with the last shuttle leaving at 1:30 p.m. from the college. Limited parking is available at the lock and dam, 4 miles north of Fulton.

Call Thomson Park Rangers at 815-259-3628 or the Fish and Wildlife Service at 815-273-2732 for more information.

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