Eagle Days at Lake Springfield and Nature Center

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Sue Schuble, a volunteer with the Greater Ozarks Audubon Society, handles Phoenix, an eagle at the Dickerson Park Zoo.

Sue Schuble, a volunteer with the Greater Ozarks Audubon Society, handles Phoenix, an eagle at the Dickerson Park Zoo.

Eagle Days returns to Lake Springfield Park and the Springfield Conservation Nature Center Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 17-18, giving birdwatchers the opportunity to learn more about eagles and other migratory birds on and around Lake Springfield during the winter months.

Participants are invited to bring binoculars, telephoto-lens cameras or small telescopes, or use scopes provided by the Missouri Department of Conservation. Guided eagle spotting, with Park Board and Conservation Department staff, takes place 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

The annual event brings eagle-spotting opportunities to Lake Springfield Boathouse, 5324 S. Kissick Ave., Springfield. Lake Springfield Park also includes the 3/4-mile James River Greenway Trail and the 1/4-mile Greater Ozarks Audubon Trail, both perfect for eagle gazing.

Eagle Days also brings indoor eagle programs to the Missouri Department of Conservation’s Springfield Conservation Nature Center, 4601 S. Nature Center Way, Springfield. Programs feature Phoenix, a bald eagle, and Aquila, a golden eagle, both from Dickerson Park Zoo, along with zoo staff. Programs begin hourly from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Sunday’s programs are hourly from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Eagle Days is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation, Dickerson Park Zoo and the Springfield-Greene County Park Board. All events are free and open to the public.

For more information, call the Lake Springfield Boathouse and Marina at 417-891-1550.

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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