Eagle Days and Understanding Bald Eagles

2020 Eagle Days – Saturday, January 25th 

Join us from 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. for a day full of bald eagle activities. This is a FREE event for the entire family!

2020 Eagle Days Schedule of Events

7:00 a.m. – Sunrise Eagle Viewing* Viewing at 1000 Islands or Ahlstrom-Munksjo’s Technology Center on Thilmany Rd. (north side of Fox River). Volunteers will be on-site to assist in spotting eagles. The key to successful eagle viewing is patience!

9:00 a.m. – Live Bald Eagle Release. Watch a rehabilitated eagle be released back into the wild. (Note: If conditions are not adequate for the best survival of the eagle, this will be postponed.)

10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m. Live Bald Eagle Presentation. See a live eagle up close and learn about their biology, ecology, natural history, and cultural connections. An engaging and entertaining presentation by a Naturalist from the National Eagle Center in Wabasha, MN.

4:00 p.m. Sunset Eagle Viewing* Viewing is at the same Sunrise Viewing locations.

*Eagles can be seen any time of the day, but at sunrise and sunset they are more active. During the day, you may see eagles perched in a tree or soaring over the river looking for fish. Viewing is dependent mainly on the weather. All viewing is outside, so dress appropriately and bring binoculars or a spotting scope.

Eagle Viewing Ethics

Human presence can stress the eagles and force them to use precious energy they need to survive. Being respectful, aware, and cautious means we can continue to experience the joy and thrill we get from seeing eagles soar around the Fox River.

  • Please give eagles space
  • Watch, but do not disturb
  • Use binoculars or a zoom lens to get a closer look
  • Do not use drones for photography
  • Avoid loud noises, such as yelling, a car door slamming, horn honking and unnecessary movement

Facts about Bald Eagles

  • An eagle’s eyes are eight times sharper than a human’s with 20/20 vision and can spot a fish at distances of up to one mile
  • Eagles spend about 98% of their time roosting/perching
  • The eagle’s beak is hooked and self-sharpening
  • An eagle has 7,000 feathers and hollow bones
  • Tail feathers can be tilted or spread to function as a rudder or brake
  • An eagle’s  2″ long talons can exert 1,000 lbs. of pressure per square inch
  • Eagles can weight up to 15 lbs. and be 3 ft. tall with a wingspan of 6 ft.
  • Eagles can fly up to 30/40 mph and can have a diving speed of 100 mph
  • Bald eagles mate for life, which can be over 30 years
  • Baby chicks within an egg will grow an “egg tooth” on the top of their beak, and a special “hatching muscle” swells in their neck. These natural tools allow them to break through the membrane of the egg and the egg itself.
  • At just 10 – 14 weeks, eaglets will fly away from the nest. They might stick around the nest territory an additional 4 – 5 weeks to build up strength while the parents still provide food for them.