First Eagle Days event is at Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge on.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – From December through February, Missouri's winter eagle watching is spectacular. Discover nature with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) through Eagle Days events around the state, or enjoy eagle viewing on your own.
Because of its big rivers, many lakes, and abundant wetlands, Missouri is one of the leading lower 48 states for bald eagle viewing. Each fall, thousands of these great birds migrate south from their nesting range in Canada and the Great Lakes states to hunt in the Show-Me State. Eagles take up residence wherever they find open water and plentiful food. More than 2,000 bald eagles are typically reported in Missouri during winter.
MDC offers Eagle Days events on the dates and locations listed below. The events include live captive-eagle programs, exhibits, activities, videos, and guides with spotting scopes. Watch for eagles perched in large trees along the water's edge. View them early in the morning to see eagles flying and fishing. Be sure to dress for winter weather and don't forget cameras and binoculars.
- 816-271-3100 for more information. from and from at Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge south of Mound City. Call
- 816-532-0174for more information. from and from at Smithville Lake Paradise Pointe Golf Course Clubhouse north of Kansas City. Call
- 417-888-4237 for more information. from and from at the MDC Springfield Conservation Nature Center. Call
- 314-877-1309 for more information. from at the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge south of I-270 off Riverview Drive in St. Louis. Call
- 660-785-2420 for more information. from and from at Lock and Dam 24 and Apple Shed Theater in Clarksville. Call
- 417-876-5226 for more information. from at the Schell City Community Center in downtown Schell City, and at the Schell-Osage Conservation Area. Call
Can't make an Eagle Days event? Other hot spots for winter eagle viewing include:
- Lake of the Ozarks at Bagnell Dam Access east of Bagnell
- Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area on Route K southwest of Columbia
- Lock & Dam 20 at Canton
- Lock & Dam 24 at Clarksville
- Lock & Dam 25 east of Winfield
- Mingo National Wildlife Refuge northwest of Puxico
- Moses Eagle Park at Stella
- Old Chain of Rocks Bridge south of I-270, off of Riverview Drive in St. Louis
- Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary, east of West Alton
- Schell-Osage Conservation Area north of El Dorado Springs
- Smithville Lake north of Kansas City
- Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge south of Mound City
- Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge south of Sumner
- Table Rock Lake and Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery southwest of Branson
- Truman Reservoir west of Warsaw
For more information, visit mdc.mo.gov/events/eagledays.