Illinois Audubon Society presents
Bald Eagle Watch Weekend
January 26 & 27, 2019
Starved Rock Lodge, Illinois Waterway Visitor Center and Starved Rock Visitor Center
Sponsored in part by Ameren Illinois
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 connects all venues or you may drive.
Download the 2018 Bald Eagle Watch Weekend Schedule of Events (PDF) to see an example of what the weekend offers.
Admission to all events is FREE, however our popular presentations featuring live birds of prey require tickets to manage seat availability. Free tickets will be available on Saturday and Sunday starting at 9 a.m. Pre-tickets will be available starting January 1, 2019.
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 attendee