It’s that time of year again. The cold chill of winter is upon us… the holidays are steadily pressing forward…and ducks, geese and bald eagles are arriving at the Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge. Winter is one of the most beautiful seasons at Reelfoot Lake! It is important to the staff at Reelfoot NWR that the public gets to see and learn about our natural resources, so we are offering free eagles tours every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from Dec. 15th, 2011 to February 25th, 2012. The tours last between 2-2 ½ hours, depending on the abundance of wildlife you are able to view. Tours will leave at 8:00am and at 12:00pm. A maximum of 6 people are allowed per tour, and reservations are required. The tour will take you through our Grassy Island wildlife drive where many deer, hawks, songbirds, and other wildlife are seen. You can stretch your legs at the viewing tower and look out over scenic Reelfoot Lake, where you will have a chance to see coots, bald eagles and a variety of waterfowl paddling in the water or flying overhead. The tour will also stop at our Long Point unit, where thousands of geese and ducks congregate to feed on our moist soil units. Visitors will be able to see a close up view of two active bald eagle nesting sites, where it’s common to see the eagles tending to their nests, and later in the winter, incubating their eggs.
Throughout the tour, several stops will be made to view eagles, owls, hawks and waterfowl with provided scopes. Visitors will learn the history of the lake and the refuge, hear facts about local wildlife, learn what the Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge is here for and what we do to make your refuge a suitable place for waterfowl.
Please make reservations and obtain directions by calling 731-538-2481. Dress warmly; gloves, hats, and a warm coat will come in handy, along with a camera and binoculars. If you do not have binoculars, we have several pair we can loan out to adults and children if you call in advance.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The service manages the 150 million acre National Wildlife Refuge System, which encompasses 550 National Wildlife Refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas.