Eagle Awareness Weekend Jan. 6-7

Thursday, December 22, 2011

It is said that the sight of a Bald Eagle can touch your soul.

Take part in the Eagle Awareness Weekend at Bull Shoals-White River State Park and see if the Bald Eagle touches your soul.

The Bald Eagle is not only the national symbol, but also symbolic of our ability to save and preserve species. Each winter, the Ozarks plays host to more than 100 bald eagles migrating to and through this prime eagle wintering ground. Bull Shoals-White River State Park annually celebrates their arrival with the Eagle Awareness Event. This will be a chance to get out and see eagles, various other birds of prey, and migratory birds in the wild as expert rangers, naturalists, and park interpreters take participants within viewing distance. In years past, most visitors to this event have spotted eagles in the wild. Other common sightings on the tours include ospreys, waterfowl, herons, loons, owls, and other winter wildlife.

This year's guest speakers will include a local falconer, bird rehabilitators and the Little Rock Zoo, which will showcase a live mature Bald Eagle and other birds of prey, all within arm's reach. The show will culminate with a performance by Harmony from Mountain View. Harmony has performed nationally and focuses on traditional and contemporary folk music, old-time string band music, and good-old three-part harmony gospel songs.

Bull Shoals-White River State Park sponsors Eagle Awareness in conjunction with the Bull Shoals Theater for the Arts, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Gaston's White River Resort, Bull Shoals Lake Boat Dock and many other area merchants.

A detailed schedule may be picked up at the park or mailed out. Check the website for the schedule of events and programs for the weekend.

For more information contact the park at (870) 445-3629, e-mail bullshoalswhiteriver@arkansas.gov, or visit www.ArkansasStateParks.com/bullshoalswhiteriver.

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