Friday, December 21, 2018

Bald Eagle Days and Eagle Watching Coming Up 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
Bald Eagle Days and Eagle Watching Coming Up in the Quad Cities

Winter is a fabulous time to look for bald eagles along the Mississippi River in Illinois. The Quad Cities have some excellent opportunities to view the majestic birds and learn from naturalists. Take a peek:


Bald Eagle Days:

Bald Eagle Days will be held in the Quad Cities January 11-13, 2019. The largest event in the Midwest dedicated to bald eagles will be held in the QCCA Expo Center in Rock Island, Illinois. The event will include live eagle programs, birds of prey demos, Big Run Wolf Ranch, Exotic Wildlife Sanctuary, Jim Nesci's cold blooded animals, 100 demo booths and a 20 ft. climbing tower. The Quad City Audubon Society will man Sunset Marina in Rock Island with scopes set up for eagle watching. There will be a free shuttle from the Expo Center to the Marina. Bald Eagle Days sounds like a fascinating and fun adventure for families this winter! Admission is $6 per adults and $1 per kid ages 6-15. If you are heading to the Quad Cities, also check my post Family Weekend in the Quad Cities for more fun ideas.

Additional Bald Eagle Experiences in the Quad Cities:

Visit the Mississippi River Visitor Center on Arsenal Island for free eagle watches and Clock Tower Tours on Saturdays and Sundays January 19, 20, 26, 27 and February 2, 3, 9 and 10. Tours are at 10AM and 12PM. Reservations are required so please call 309-794-5338. You will need to enter Arsenal Island from the downtown Moline gate and adults will need a valid U.S. I.D.

Prime Bald Eagle Viewing Locations:

Other locations to view bald eagles include the downtown riverfronts in Rock Island and Davenport downriver from Lock and Dam 15, Sunset Park in Rock Island, Credit Island in Davenport, as well as Lock and Dam 14 in Pleasant Valley, Iowa and Hampton, Illinois.

Naturalist Bob Motz offers guided 2-3 hour bald eagle tours. He guarantees bald eagles sighting and you receive your money back should you not see any. He has yet to refund money! Call Bob at 309-269-3922 to reserve a tour.

Bald eagle watching is a great reason to get outside this winter! Get out there!

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

Bald Eagle Watching in the Quad Cities of Illinois and Iowa




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