From December through February, Missouri’s winter eagle watching is spectacular.
Because of its big rivers, many lakes and expansive wetlands, Missouri is one of the leading lower 48 states for bald eagle viewing. Each fall, thousands of these birds migrate south from their nesting range in Canada and the Great Lakes states to hunt in Missouri. Eagles take up residence wherever they find open water and plentiful food. More than 2,000 bald eagles are typically reported in Missouri during winter.
The Missouri Department of Conservation holds Eagle Days events around the state so people can learn more about the national bird. The events include live captive-eagle programs, exhibits, activities, videos and guides with spotting scopes. Watch for eagles perched in large trees along the water’s edge. View them early in the morning to see eagles flying and fishing.
Eagle Days dates:
▪ Dec. 6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge south of Mound City. Call 816-271-3100 for more information.
▪ Jan. 10 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Jan. 11 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Smithville Lake Paradise Pointe Golf Course Clubhouse north of Kansas City. Call 816-532-0174 for more information.
Other hot spots for eagle viewing are Lake of the Ozarks at Bagnell Dam Access east of Bagnell, Truman Reservoir west of Warsaw and the Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area on Route K southwest of Columbia.
For more information or additional Eagle Days events go to: mdc.mo.gov/events/eagledays.