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Bald eagles on the refuge


Migratory eagles can be seen from November through March.  Aerial displays and pair bonding are best viewed from January through March.  In winter, over 1,000 bald eagles hunt the open water below the river's locks and dams.

  • Year Round Residents

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    Bald eagles are year round residents on the refuge because there is open water, plentiful food, tall trees for roosting and nesting and minimal disturbance

  • Feeding Bald Eagle


    They prefer fish but may take small mammals, waterfowl and dead animals.

  • Wintering bald eagles


    One of our nation's great wildlife management success stories, the bald eagles were brought back from the brink of extinction through reintroduction efforts, adoption of strict laws to protect the birds and a national education outreach program.  Concerned citizens and conservation organizations worked together with federal and state agencies to save this species.  The bald eagle was removed from the federal endangered species list in 2007, it is still protected under several migratory bird laws.

  • Nests


    Imagine how hard it would have been to see a bald eagle on the refuge in 1972.  There was only one active nest on the refuge then.  Today there are well over 250 active nests.

  • Eagle Watching Tips


    Eagles swoop down to catch fish in the river and are often seen soaring high above the bluffs and river.  They can spot prey two miles away and have talons with tremendous crushing power.  

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Last Updated: Dec 02, 2013
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