Bald eagles migrating through Missouri can often be spotted during winter months if weather and water conditions are favorable for them to find food, such as fish. The free Smithville Lake Eagles Days Jan. 7-8 will celebrate eagles and other raptors.

MDC and partners host Smithville Lake Eagle Days Jan. 7-8

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Kansas City
Dec 22, 2016

Kansas City, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and partners will host the 22nd annual Smithville Lake Eagle Days Jan. 7-8 at the Paradise Pointe Golf Course Clubhouse, 18212 Golf Course Drive, in Little Platte Park at the lake at Smithville. The free event will include live raptors displayed by Operation Wildlife and nature exhibits indoors at the clubhouse. Outdoors, MDC staff and volunteers will help visitors with spotting scopes set up at lakeshore sites near areas where eagles are frequenting.

The activities at the clubhouse will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 7, and from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 8. Operation Wildlife will offer four live bird shows on Saturday and three on Sunday. Show times on Saturday will be at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday’s show times are 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Lakeside Nature Center of Kansas City will also be displaying captive raptors. The locations of the outdoor eagle viewing station locations will be determined the morning of the event.

This event is sponsored by MDC, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Clay County Parks and Recreation, and private conservation groups.

For information, call 816-532-0174.

For information about viewing bald eagles at other locations and at MDC events, visit http://on.mo.gov/2hEDxsN

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