Pella Chronicle

January 12, 2013

Lake Red Rock's 25th Annual "Bald Eagle Day"


The Chronicle

Pella — Eagle lovers unite:  It's time for Lake Red Rock's 25th annual Bald Eagle Day.  On Saturday, January 26, you're invited to a day full of free, family friendly activities celebrating our national symbol!  Indoor activities will take place from 10 a.m.-5  p.m. at Central College's Graham Conference Center in the City of Pella.  

Get an up-close look at a live bald eagle and other raptors!  Eagle shows will be presented hourly from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. (last program starts at 3:00 p.m.).  Staff from the University of Minnesota's Raptor Center will share amazing details about how these birds "make a living."   After that, more live birds await you as Environmental Educator Mike Havlik presents programs about owls, hawk identification and conservation.  Other event highlights include wildlife photographer and author Ty Smedes, an environmental fair, wildlife photographer Ron Huelse, and nature crafts.

After all the indoor fun, travel to the Red Rock Dam to spot eagles fishing and flying in the wild. Volunteers will be on hand with spotting scopes in the North Tailwater Recreation Area to assist you.   

The Red Rock Visitor Center, located on the south side of the Red Rock Dam, will feature showings of bald eagle videos produced right here in Iowa. Volunteers will also be ready to answer your questions about the lake area and help you plan your next visit!

Admission to Bald Eagle Day is free of charge, and no reservations are needed. The event is presented by the US Army Corps of Engineers, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Marion County Conservation Board, Central College and the Red Rock Lake Association.  For more information, contact Lake Red Rock at 641-828-7522 or 641-628-8690, or visit their website at www.lakeredrock.org.