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Eagle Days at Mingo National Wildlife Refuge

Region 3, February 1, 2013
Jan Carter, a volunteer at Dickerson Park Zoo, showing off Phoenix, a 24 year-old female bald eagle, during one of the Eagle Day presentations.
Jan Carter, a volunteer at Dickerson Park Zoo, showing off Phoenix, a 24 year-old female bald eagle, during one of the Eagle Day presentations. - Photo Credit: n/a
Mingo Volunteer Bruce Beck assisting two students in spotting ducks out on Rockhouse Marsh during the School Eagle Days Event.
Mingo Volunteer Bruce Beck assisting two students in spotting ducks out on Rockhouse Marsh during the School Eagle Days Event. - Photo Credit: n/a
A young visitor trying her luck at spotting an eagle at Mingo National Wildlife Refuge.
A young visitor trying her luck at spotting an eagle at Mingo National Wildlife Refuge. - Photo Credit: n/a
Lucas Plunkett of Puxico, Missouri spreading his
Lucas Plunkett of Puxico, Missouri spreading his "wings" out during Eagle Days at Mingo National Wildlife Refuge. - Photo Credit: n/a

On February 1 and 2, 2013,  Mingo National Wildlife Refuge hosted the 2013 Eagle Days. The Eagle Days event is held every other year at Mingo and is a joint effort between Mingo National Wildlife Refuge and the Missouri Department of Conservation. Staff and volunteers from both agencies worked together to provide another successful event.

 

This year’s event had a record turnout of students in attendance on Friday, with 10 different schools and more than 1,000 third and fourth graders coming to the refuge. During their visit to the refuge, the students got to take part in a live eagle program. Dickerson Park Zoo located in Springfield, Mo. presented 45-minute programs talking about eagle adaptations and about the decline and recovery of eagles. For the program, naturalists brought a bald eagle named Phoenix and a golden eagle named Aquila. Following the programs, students loaded back on buses and went out to one of several spotting scope stations located on Mingo Refuge and the nearby Duck Creek Conservation Area. At the spotting scope stations, students saw eagles on a nest; eagles perched in trees and in flight; a wide variety of waterfowl; and large groups of snow geese flying overhead. The students were extremely excited for the opportunity to see the bald eagle in the wild and to learn about our National Symbol.

The public Eagle Days was held the next day, with eagle programs again being held throughout the day and Mingo Refuge and Missouri Department of Conservation staff and volunteers set-up spotting scope stations around Mingo Refuge and Duck Creek Conservation Area. The public especially enjoyed Dickerson Park Zoo’s eagle presentations as more than 700 people attended the program throughout the day. The spotting scope stations had more than 600 people stop to take a look at spotting an eagle in the wild.

One of the more popular stations was at one of the refuge’s moist soil units where an eagles nest is located. Visitors to that station got to see an eagle sitting on the nest with the mate perched in a nearby tree. Overall, the two-day event was a great opportunity to share the conservation success story of the bald eagle and to get visitors out on the refuge enjoying nature.

Contact Info: Peter Rea, 573-222-3589, peter_rea@fws.gov