Around a half dozen eagles have been spotted in Roaring River State Park this year. The Ozark Chinquapin Nature Center will offer its next eagle viewing program on Jan. 15, 2011.
"Those interested in viewing the eagles in the park should plan to come early or stay late and be very patient," said Tim Smith, Roaring River naturalist. "If they come early, they should look for the eagles along the picnic grounds, near the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Lodge and near the hatchery."
The eagles have been seen in this area as early as 7 a.m. and throughout the morning and early afternoon hours of the day, said Smith.
"In the late afternoon, they roost on the hillside across from the nature center," said Smith. "They can be seen there around 3 or 4 p.m."
Individuals interested in learning more about the eagles in the park should also plan to attend the eagle viewing program at 3 p.m. on Jan. 15, 2011. Attendees will watch a 30-minute video inside the nature center and then head outside to view the eagles.
"The video contains information on what was done to reintroduce bald eagles in the state," said Smith. "After the video we will answer questions and share information on the success that has been seen in the state."
Individuals planning to attend the program should wear appropriate winter clothing.
"Those attending should bring binoculars and cameras," said Smith.
The eagle viewing program usually lasts around one hour, but attendees are encouraged to view eagles for as long as they want to. Nature center staff members will be available to answer questions during the viewing.
In addition to the eagle viewing program, the Roaring River nature center staff offers beginning birding classes each summer.
For more information on eagles and other birds that make their homes in the park, call the nature center at 847-3742.