Visitors will have the opportunity to see majestic bald eagles in the wild and up-close during the 2019 Lake of the Ozarks Eagle Days, scheduled Jan. 5 and 6 at two locations.
“Eagle Days is one of the most popular winter events at the Lake of the Ozarks,” said Jim Divincen, administrator for the Lake of the Ozarks Tri-County Lodging Association. “And, for a good reason. Missouri has one of the largest winter populations of bald eagles in the country and they thrive along the shores and forests of the Lake of the Ozarks. Eagle Days is a wonderful opportunity to see these majestic birds and learn so much about them.”
The World Bird Sanctuary of St. Louis will conduct live eagle programs at Osage National Golf Resort, 400 Osage Hills Road. The programs take place every hour, on the hour, beginning at 9 a.m. Jan. 5 and at 10 a.m. Jan. 6.
At the School of the Osage Heritage Elementary, 1571 Bagnell Dam Boulevard, there will be many activities and exhibitors throughout the weekend. The highlight of the activities at the elementary school is presentations by the Dickerson Park Zoo of Springfield, Missouri. Staff members of Dickerson Park Zoo offer two different interactive programs focusing on the Eagles of North America and another program featuring hawks, owls and turkey vultures. The programs occur every hour beginning at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 5 and 10:30 a.m. Jan. 6.
There will be two locations for wild eagle-viewing activities throughout the weekend. The historic Willmore Lodge, 1 Willmore Lane, will feature interactive exhibits and crafts on display in the Bagnell Dam History Museum in addition to prime eagle-watching vantage points. Willmore Lodge will be open from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 5 and from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Jan. 6.
The other wild eagle viewing location is the Bagnell Dam Access, located off of Highway 54 on Osage River Bridge Road, roughly three miles from Willmore Lodge. In addition to viewing eagles in the wild, visitors to the Bagnell Dam Access also will be able to watch eagle nest-building demonstrations by Master Naturalists.
For more details, including schedules of specific events and programs as well as exhibitors and demonstrations, visit www.LakeOfTheOzarksEagleDays.com.
(Editor’s note: Information provided by the Lake of the Ozarks CVB and funlake.com.)