Each year, tens of thousands of people visit the shores of the Mississippi River to see bald eagles on the water.
The 34th annual Clinton Bald Eagle Watch will take place Jan. 6 at the Exhibit Hall at Clinton Community College.
Hosted by the Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge, this program is dedicated to the understanding, appreciation and protection of our national symbol. Naturalists and volunteers will be on hand to share their enthusiasm and knowledge of these and other grand birds of prey.
The kid-friendly event takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and will feature lectures, videos, stories and live birds of prey. The Exhibit Hall at Clinton Community College will also feature wildlife exhibits, food and drinks.
A free bus service to Lock & Dam 13 in Fulton is also available. Lock & Dam 13 is located 4 miles north of Fulton.
During the months of December, January and February, the Rock Island District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers conducts a survey to monitor the presence of the American bald eagle at 16 locks and dams along the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers. Lock & Dam 13 accounted for more than 60 adult bald eagles in the first half of December alone!
According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, up to 2,500 bald eagles winter along the Mississippi River near the lock and dams.
Enjoy the diverse natural space and learn about the land’s natural history at the Soaring Eagle Nature Center.
The Soaring Eagle Nature Center, located at 3923 N. 3rd St., is an authentic 1938 converted barn and completely self-funded through grants, estate gifts, conservation groups and supporting members of the community.
Hiking trails are open from dusk to dawn and the nature center is open for events and by appointment.
The Soaring Eagle Nature Center has been part of the Clinton community for over 30 years. The center offers educational, historical, cultural and recreational experiences to the Clinton area.