On the Horizon: Eagles Et. Cetera at DeGray Lake Resort State Park



 

If you
have ever been curious about bald eagles or falcons or any birds of a feather,
then keep Eagles Et Cetera ( Jan. 27-29) on your radar.


 
The event is Jan. 27-29 in


Bismarck


at


DeGray Lake Resort State Park


.
It is the largest festival of its kind in the state, and visitors can
expect many opportunities to see eagles in their natural habitat.




 
Once endangered in all of the lower 48 states, bald
eagles, which became the national emblem of the United States in 1782, came
dangerously close to extinction. However, due to increased awareness,
protective legislation and widespread conservation efforts over the past 50
years, the population is making a remarkable comeback, and eagle watching is
becoming a popular pastime for nature lovers across the country.
 
Eagles,
which are unique to North America, begin to arrive in Arkansas as early as
mid-October and stay all winter long, departing around February and as late as
mid-March. Over 1,700 eagles may winter here depending on weather conditions.
Wintering eagles favor the Ouachitas and Ozarks due to their favorable habitat.
The
peak months for eagle watching are December through February. A tip for
catching a glimpse is to get out early, as eagles soar in thermal updrafts so
the best time to see one in the air is when the temperature is rising during
mid- to late morning. You might not spot one based on sound recognition though,
as the infamous ‘cry’ you hear on television and movies is most likely from a
red-tailed hawk. Eagles make a wimpy high pitched chirping sound.

 

The event has not only been instrumental in showcasing the plight
of the eagle nationwide but also in monitoring and revealing the welfare of
eagles that live on and around DeGray Lake. 

 
Eagles Et Cetera

 is DeGray  Lake
Resort State Park’s signature special event. 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.

 


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 beginning Jan. 23 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.

 

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