Bald Eagle Day in Ferryville March 1


Gail Buhl, of the University of Minnesota Raptor Center, is shown with one of the American bald eagles that is coming to the Ferryville Bald Eagle Day on Saturday, March 1.

The fifth annual Bald Eagle Day in Ferryville is Saturday, March 1 at the Village Community Center on Highway 35.

This program is sponsored by the Ferryville Tourism Council and free to the public. It is co-sponsored this year by the Green Bay Packers and the Friends of Pool 9, an organization that preserves and protects the environment and the Mississippi Region of Pool 9. The tourism council submitted an application to the Green Bay Packers about six months ago and was honored to learn that the event was selected for sponsorship.

Activities are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with not only exciting opportunities to see and learn about bald eagles but also enjoy refreshments and free children’s craft activities.

Located right on the Mississippi River, Ferryville is an ideal place to host Bald Eagle Day. There are many eagle nests in the area and the Pool 9 section has more nests than in any other part of the Mississippi River.

Live bald eagle programs will be at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m., featuring eagles from the Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota. Learn how the bald eagles have returned to this area in increasing numbers and what you can do to support this effort to help our eagles flourish. The University of Minnesota Raptor Center is back for its fourth year with raptors and an eagle. Gail Buhl, an outstanding presenter, will tell the story of these birds and their journey. You can take photos of the eagles and other raptors and have your photo taken with them. Returning for the third year in a row is “Lois, the Owl.” Lois loves an audience and flies about the room during her segment of the raptor presentation. Maybe you can even hear her “hoot.”

Local photographer Larry Knutson will be exhibiting his award-winning art featuring scenes of nature, eagles and the area. Knutson is a native of Ferryville and the region. His art is well-known throughout the Driftless Region.

At 10 a.m., Upper Mississippi River U.S. Fish and Wildlife staff-McGregor District, will present a fascinating program about the local refuge. This is an interactive opportunity for children as well as adults to learn more about the region and our national symbol—the American Bald Eagle.

At 10:30 a.m. will be a new program, “Night Roosts of the Eagles.” Do you know where the eagles sleep and reenergize? Kelly McKay, biologist and researcher, has studied the roosting and nesting habits of the eagles in Pool 9, and will present the fun and engaging program.

At 11 a.m., Chloris Lowe, of the Ho Chunk Nation, will be back for the third year, wearing his full traditional ceremonial dress with many historical artifacts to show off. Lowe will talk about the importance of the bald eagle to the Native American culture.

Are you a great “Hooter?” At 1 p.m., there will be a “Hooting Contest” for folks of all ages with awards in four age categories. Practice up and see if you are one of the champions at hooting.

“Bald Eagle Nest Building” will start at 1:30 p.m., when Dr. Michael White will build a bald eagle nest with the help of children in the audience. Learn how big these nests really are, how heavy they are and how they are constructed.

De Soto Middle School students, St. Charles Middle School students of Genoa, and Seneca Middle School students are participating in a display of art and science projects about bald eagles. Student teams will receive trophies to recognize their scholastic achievements at the awards ceremony at 1 p.m.

All will have the chance to try eagle and owl cookies, hot chocolate, coffee and Kickapoo Orchards Cider during the Bald Eagle Day festivities. Local restaurants are featuring special items just for the day. The Wooden Nickel is hosting “Bald is Beautiful Day” and will have specials. Other merchants have plans for visitors also.

Spend a beautiful day sighting bald eagles along the river in Ferryville March 1.

For additional information, go to the Ferryville Tourism Council website at www.visit ferryville.com.

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