PdC Bald Eagle Appreciation Days well attended

Luke Hart, assistant director of the Macbride Raptor Project at the University of Iowa, introduces an eastern screech owl to a couple hundred people at the Bald Eagle Appreciation Days Saturday morning program at Hoffman Hall. He also exhibited a live hawk during the raptor presentation. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Luke Hart of the Macbride Raptor Project at the University of Iowa, presented a live hawk and owl program. Live bald eagles were also part of the fun on Saturday, in addition to discussion about where the audience could sight eagles in the area, exhibits of bald eagle photography and area history, vendors with animal pelts and taxidermy mounts, and a puppet show done by the Boy Scout Troop 320. Additional photos from Bald Eagles Days can be found on the Courier’s Facebook page.

After Luke Hart explained that kids and other spectators were welcome to sit up close for his live hawk and owl presentation, this little sweetie got up and literally took his advice, sitting as close as possible. Her quick ability to follow exact directions drew laughter from the crowd.

Families enjoyed plenty of activities, including this wildlife habitat display where kids could stick on their favorite animals, during Bald Eagle Appreciation Days Feb. 21-22 in Prairie du Chien. Free programs and activities were available at Hoffman Hall, AmericInn Lodge & Suites and Country Inn & Suites all weekend. (Photos by Correne Martin)

Vendors showcased their outdoors and environmental books, pictures, stuffed animals, and other sale items at Hoffman Hall.

The Fort Crawford Museum and the Villa Louis presented historical information about the War of 1812's Battle of Prairie du Chien (1814), as it is the bicentennial celebration of that local battle.

The Villa Louis had a variety of items for sale that piqued the interest of young and old alike.

Effigy Mounds Volunteer and retired DNR Warden Dennis Kirschbaum talked to the crowd about where they could find bald eagles in the Prairie du Chien area for viewing, despite the frozen river waters.

Todd Crotty, of WQPC-Radio, was the MC of Saturday's programs at Hoffman Hall.

Professional photographs by Harold Schaefer, of Fennimore, were quite popular with event-goers at Bald Eagle Appreciation Days. Feb. 21-22.
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