Don't Miss the 18th Annual Eagle Days at the Lake of the Ozarks

When you work at Bridal Cave and Thunder Mountain Park, or even if you visit our incredible park often, you develop an increased awareness and appreciation for all of the beautiful nature surrounding us. This includes the animals that we share the lake area with. This weekend offers a wonderful chance to learn more about the majestic eagle.  

photo from Lake of the Ozarks Eagle Days Facebook page
What is Eagle Days? 
Friday, January 5 is National Bird Day across the country, and over the weekend (January 6 & 7) the Lake of the Ozarks will celebrate one bird in particular during the 18th Annual Eagle Days. The original event, which started in 1999, attracted 651 participants. Last year that number grew to over 3,700 people joining in the fun! If you haven't had the chance to experience one of these celebrations, you really should make a point to check out this free nature event this weekend. 

An effort is made to feature both entertaining and educational programs showcasing the majestic eagle, as well as a few of its other feathered friends. Programs will be presented with live birds present, and everyone is encouraged to bring binoculars and cameras for the many viewing opportunities presented that day to see wild eagles. In addition to the programs being presented, there are many spots near Bagnell Dam where wild eagles can often be seen. There will also be vendor booths to browse, activities for the kids to enjoy, a photo contest, and a coloring contest for the kids which includes a special prize from us at Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park.  

photo from Lake of the Ozarks Eagle Days Facebook page
Coloring Contest
for Ages 12 and Younger
There are 2 different pictures for the Eagle Days coloring contest, one for ages 2-7 and another for ages 8-12. These can be downloaded by visiting the Eagle Days website. Once finished, you can drop them off at School of the Osage Heritage Elementary before or during the event, or they can be mailed to the address also found on the website. Each entry needs to include the child's name, age, address, phone number, and an email address so that contestants can be notified. 

One winner will be chosen from each age group on the basis of creativity following the event, and winners will be listed on the website. Those talented winners will be awarded a Bridal Cave Family Pass, which is good for 2 adults and 2 children! 


Photo Contest
for Ages 13 and Older
If you're too old to enter the coloring contest, get out your cameras out instead. The photo contest is open to amateur photographers, and entries can be made through January 7 at 3:00 pm at the event. Photos must have been taken within the last calendar year, and they will be judged on the basis of color, clarity, and creativity, capturing wild eagles in their natural environment. You can find a list of rules on the Eagle Days website. Cash prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, and winners will be listed on the website.  

2017 Grand Prize Winning Photo by Tracy Minear (photo from www.LakeoftheOzarksEagleDays.com) 
Schedule of Events
Here is a detailed list of everything taking place over the weekend for Eagle Days. 

School of the Osage Heritage Elementary
• Coloring & Photo Contest • Face Painting • Ameren Missouri • Jim Rathert Photography & Mugs
• MO Dept. Conservation • Master Naturalist, Lake of the Ozarks Chapter • MO State Parks
• Adair's Animal Nuisance Trapping • MO State Highway Patrol/Water Patrol • Lake Area Camera Club
• Dickerson Park Zoo presents three shows (rotating hourly):
Saturday, January 6th
9:30 am - Eagles of North America
10:30 am - Owls of Missouri
11:30 am - Eagles of North America
12:30 pm - Owls of Missouri
 
1:30 pm - Eagles of North America
2:30 pm- Owls of Missouri
3:30 pm- Eagles of North America
4:30 pm- Owls of Missouri
Sunday, January 7th
10:30 am - Eagles of North America
11:30 am - Owls of Missouri
12:30 pm - Eagles of North America
1:30 pm - Owls of Missouri
2:30 pm - Eagles of North America
3:30 pm - Owls of Missouri
Willmore Lodge
•Wild Eagle Viewing
(Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm; Sunday: 10:00 am - 4:30 pm)
Bagnell Dam Access
• Wild Eagle Viewing • Free Hot Chocolate • Eagle Nest Building by the Master Naturalists • Boy Scout Activities
(Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm; Sunday: 10:00 am - 4:30 pm)
Osage National Golf Resort
• Live Eagle Programs presented by World Bird Sanctuary
(Hourly: Saturday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm; Sunday 10:00 am to 3:00 pm)
Celebration Cruises on the Strip
We are sorry to announce there will be no Eagle Cruises this year. Due to the extreme cold conditions we have had the last couple of weeks, the Celebration had to be winterized early this year to keep from damaging the cruise ship. 

Spot Those Eagles!
Now that you have all of the details, get out there and spot some of those glorious birds this weekend. The experts at Eagle Days can clue you in on the best places to look, and you'll get a chance to see a few up close during the programs at the event. You can use this new knowledge to keep an eye out for eagles when you visit our Lake of the Ozarks attraction. Eagle Days is a wonderful educational opportunity for all ages and the perfect place to enjoy some Family Fun... As It Should Be! 

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