MANHATTAN, Kan. – The eagles are landing around Manhattan. With the arrival of winter, migratory bald eagles have been working their way south and passing through Kansas.
To offer the opportunity to see our national bird in its native habitat, The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Tuttle Creek Lake has scheduled its annual Eagle Day 2010 for Saturday, Jan. 2, beginning at 9 a.m. and running until approximately noon.
The program is free and open to the public. All participants are asked to meet at 9 a.m. in the large assembly room at the Manhattan fire station located at 2000 Denison (the corner of Denison and Kimball). At that time, Dan Mulhern, a biologist with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, will offer a short presentation on the nesting habits of bald eagles in Kansas. Pat Silovsky, director of the Milford Nature Center, will then feature several live raptors in her discussion of eagles and other birds of prey.
Following the two presentations at the fire station, members of the Northern Flint Hills Audubon Society will take participants on a bus tour through the area downstream of Tuttle Creek Dam, with the goal of watching bald eagles in the wild.
All participants should dress appropriately for the weather. Everyone is encouraged to bring binoculars, spotting scopes, and cameras.
Eagle Day 2010 is sponsored by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Corps of Engineers. Sponsors of the bus service for the program include the Northern Flint Hills Audubon Society and the Manhattan Convention & Visitors Bureau.
For more information, contact Steve Prockish at the Corps of Engineers office at (785) 539-8511 ext. 3167.