Sunday, December 24, 2017

Bald Eagle Days and Eagle Watching in the Quad Cities

Eagles at Centennial Bridge image by Stacey Jeffery courtesy of Visit Quad Cities
Eagles at Centennial Bridge image by Stacey Jeffery courtesy of Visit Quad Cities
If you are looking for a winter excursion, January and February provide a prime time to look for bald eagles in the Quad Cities. The number of bald eagles seen in the Quad Cities area has been on the rise, so there definitely is a good chance you will see one!

Bald Eagle Days January 5-7, 2018 at QCCA Expo Center in Rock Island is a great family event combining eagle watches with learning experiences. Big Run Wolf Ranch and Exotic Animal Sanctuary will provide learning experiences. There will be a 20 foot climb tower and, of course, bald eagles! A free Audubon Bus Tour will take guests to see the eagles feed. Hours are Friday 4PM-8PM, Saturday 10AM-8PM and Sunday 10AM-5PM. Admission is $6 per adult, $1 per child ages 6-15, ages 5 and under are free with discounted rates on Friday. There will also be plenty of vendors.

The Mississippi River Visitor Center on Arsenal Island also provides more opportunities to spot eagles. There will be eagle watches and Clock Tower Tours January 13-14, 27-28 and February 3-4, 10-11. They are free and run at 10AM and 12PM. Reservations are necessary, call 309-794-5338. The Visitor Center itself is a good viewing location and open Tuesday - Saturday 9AM-5PM. Please enter Arsenal Island from the gate at Moline.

Other viewing locations in the area include Davenport, Iowa, and Rock Island, Illinois, riverfronts down river from Lock and Dam 15, Rock Island's Sunset Park, Davenport's Credit Island and Lock and Dam 14 at Pleasant Valley, Iowa and Hampton, Illinois.

If you are looking for a private tour, Quad Cities naturalist Bob Motz guides 2-3 hour tours and guarantees sightings or money back. He has yet to refund any money! He can be reached at  309-269-3922 to set up a tour.

Happy Eagle Watching! For more ideas for your visit to the Quad Cities, see my exploration at Family Weekend in the Quad Cities.

**Disclosure: No compensation was received for this post. All opinions are 100% my own.

Bald Eagle Watches Quad Cities 2018

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