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Eagle Awareness Weekend

By Gastons White River Resort

Eagle Awareness Weekend

January 8th and 9th, 2010(Make your plans now for this once in a lifetime event) The Bald Eagle will again be the guest of honor at this year's Eagle Awareness event at Bull Shoals-White River State Park. The bald eagle is not only our national symbol, but also a symbol of our ability to save and conserve species. Each winter, the Ozarks plays host to over 100 bald eagles migrating to and through this prime eagle wintering ground.  Bull Shoals-White River State Park annually celebrates their arrival with Eagle Awareness.  This will be your chance to get out and see eagles, various other birds of prey, and migratory birds in the wild as expert Rangers, Naturalists, and Park Interpreters take you within viewing distance. In years past, most visitors to this event have spotted eagles in the wild.  Other common sightings on the tours include ospreys, waterfowl, herons, loons, owls, and other winter wildlife.  Also, see birds up close and personal as local falconers and bird handlers from the Little Rock Zoo show them off within arms reach.This year’s feature programs will be presented by, Dr. Dan Scheiman of Audubon Arkansas, falconer Howard Davis and the Little Rock Zoo, who will showcase a live mature Bald Eagle and other birds of prey. Bull Shoals-White River State Park sponsors Eagle Awareness in conjunction with the Bull Shoals Theater for the Arts, the U.S. Corps of Engineers, Gaston’s White River Resort, Bull Shoals Lake Boat Dock, and many other area merchants.  Scheduled activities include guided eagle tours on Bull Shoals Lake and the White River, waterfowl and eagle spotting van tours, guided birding walks, evening owl prowls, children’s programs, and live bird demonstrationsAll activities are Free except for lake and river tours. No reservations will be taken; fees will be collected at the docks prior to boat launch.

To register a large group for special performances on January 11th , 12th or 13th contact Julie.Lovett@arkansas.gov or 870-445-3629. For more information contact the park at (870) 445-3629, e-mail bullshoalswhiteriver@arkansas.gov, or visit us on the web at www.ArkansasStateParks.com/bullshoalswhiteriver