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.