If you are into birding, DeGray Lake Resort State Park in Bismarck is good spot to be this weekend. Eagles Et Cetera is Jan. 27-29 and is the park’s signature event. Join the park for this 33rd annual celebration of our nation’s symbol. Programs featuring the American Bald Eagle and other birds of prey make the weekend fly by ( sorry–couldn’t resist!). Activities are scheduled throughout the weekend, including eagle-watching lake tours, guided bird walks, owl prowls, live bird demonstrations, slide presentations, games, and more. Staff and docents from the Little Rock Zoo present programs to area schools during the week and give live raptor demonstrations and performances on Friday and Saturday.
You can join falconer Rusty Scarborough on an actual hunt using a live hawk Jan. 27 during a Live Falconry Hunt. Participants take a short boat ride to a vacant Corps campground where Scarborough will turn loose a hungry hawk in search of prey. Be prepared to walk through brush and over uneven terrain as you participate in the action (following/flushing game). Also, participants should be prepared for the possibility of a successful hunt where prey is captured and consumed by the hawk. Discretion must be used when considering participating in this activity.
On Jan. 28 Rusty Scarborough, falconer, hosts Live Falconry, where he introduces people to the world of falconry, an art rooted in conservation and largely responsible for the abundance of falcons worldwide. Also that day join certified raptor rehabilitator Rodney Paul for Raptor Rehab, a demonstration of live rehabilitated birds, as he gives a glimpse into the challenges of healing injured raptors before they are released into the wild. Lodging and camping are available. Call 501-865-5810 for ticket prices and reservations for eagle watching lake tours. Please dress for the weather for outdoor activities. Visit www.degray.com for more information.