Bald Eagle Watch Weekend

Illinois Audubon Society presents
Bald Eagle Watch Weekend

January 27 & 28, 2018
Starved Rock Lodge, Illinois Waterway Visitor Center and Starved Rock Visitor Center

Sponsored in part by Ameren Illinois

 

Overview

Bald Eagle Watch Weekend celebrates the American bald eagle in Illinois.  The two-day event offers many programs, activities and exhibits occurring simultaneously at three locations, the Starved Rock Lodge & Starved Rock Visitor Center on the south side of the Illinois River and the Illinois Waterway Visitor Center on the North side of the river. They are all within a short driving distance or consider taking the trolley which conveniently ($1/person all day) connects all venues or you may drive. Download the 2018 Bald Eagle Weekend Brochure (PDF) or scroll down to see the program lineup.

Admission

Out popular presentations require tickets to manage seat availability. Tickets are made available FREE on the day of event; however, groups or individuals who want to guarantee entrance to each of the presentations may purchase tickets in advance and will be available online starting January 1, 2018.

Bald Eagles

Yes. Usually and the numbers vary year to year and even day to day. Cold weather tends to concentrate the birds by the open water at the dam. When the weather is warmer, birds will hunt up and down the river and there will be fewer to view.

Bald Eagle Watch Visitor Hints

  • If you drive from one side of the river to the other (and back) you can expect to find parking becomes more difficult by mid-day. This means you should budget your time carefully if you are planning to attend various programs.
  • The trolley is a good transportation option. It runs continuously. But you may have to wait for the trolley and therefore you should leave plenty of time before you have to make it across the river and back.
  • Live bird exhibitions do NOT permit entry after the program has begun to insure safety of birds and people. Programs begin on time.
  • Children are welcome and encouraged, of course. Children under two may find the 1 hour live bird presentations too confining. You know your child best. Please be considerate of other attendees

2018 Lineup of Events

Events at Starved Rock Lodge Great Hall West

Illinois Birds of Prey; including a live Bald Eagle Presented by Illinois Raptor Center
Saturday & Sunday at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.

No Admission Fee for the show, however a ticket is required for entrance. Visit Illinois Audubon Society’s Information table to obtain free tickets. Tickets can be purchased ($3) in advance and will be available online at illinoisaudubon.org starting 1.1.2018

LaSalle Room Programs—No Ticket Needed

Saturday, 10—11 a.m. The Birth of Starved Rock: How water shaped this iconic Illinois landmark
Dr. Michael Wiant, Petersburg. A late Ice Age outburst flood cascaded down the Illinois River valley and profoundly changed the character of the landscape. Followed by Optional Hike

Saturday, 1—2 p.m. Coyote
Peggy Doty, U of I Extension, Sycamore. One of our most misunderstood species.

Sunday, 10—11 a.m. John James Audubon
Presented by Lee Witkowski, Lemont. The story of a man who discovered and fulfilled his dream.

Sunday, 1—2 p.m. Winter Birds of Illinois
Bob & Kathy Andrini, St. Charles.  Learn about winter visitors at your bird feeder.

Youth Owl Calling Contest
Saturday, 4:30 p.m. Back for another year of amazing talent !  Open to children 12 years and under.  Pre-registration is required.  Hopeful contestants can stop by the Illinois Audubon Society Information table to sign up and find out more information.

Events at Illinois Waterway Visitor Center (Lock & Dam)

John James Audubon presents “The Washington Eagle, and other Raptors I Have Known” portrayed by  Brian “Fox” Ellis with live birds of prey presented by Illinois Raptor Center
Saturday & Sunday at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.

No Admission Fee for the show, however a ticket is required for entrance. Visit Illinois Audubon Society’s Information table to obtain free tickets. Tickets can be purchased ($3) in advance and will be available online at illinoisaudubon.org starting 1.1.2018

Cameras in Conservation
Saturday & Sunday, 11 a.m.  Chris Young, Department of Natural Resources. Take great photos with the camera you have. Part of this session is presented outside, please dress accordingly.

Eagle Watching  Starved Rock Audubon Society members will be on hand to provide high powered scopes and answers to all your eagle questions.

Events at Starved Rock Park Visitor Center (Lock & Dam)

Kaskaskia Room Programs — No Ticket needed

Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m.  Chicago Peregrine Program, Mary Hennen, The Field Museum. Take a journey through a conservation success story.

Saturday & Sunday, 2 p.m.  The Art & History of Falconry, Rich Escutia, Master Falconer. History of falconry and how falconers today participate in this ancient sport.  Rich will be accompanied by his amazing birds.