In winter, Missouri is an excellent state to view bald eagles. At this time of year, the state’s small resident eagle population is swelled by migrating birds from the north to increase the numbers to more than 2,500 eagles during some winters.

Learn more about bald eagles at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Eagle Days event on January 21-22 at MDC’s Springfield Conservation Nature Center. The free event will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on January 21 and 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on January 22.

The indoor portion of Eagle Days will be at the Nature Center and will include an opportunity to view a live captive bald eagle furnished by Dickerson Park Zoo of Springfield and to see programs conducted by docents from the zoo. On January 21, eagle programs will be held in the Nature Center’s auditorium every hour on the hour from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. On January 22, programs will be at 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Other eagle activities will also be at the Nature Center.

Also as part of the Eagle Days event, spotting scopes will be set up outside the Springfield/Greene County Park Board’s Lake Springfield Boathouse and Marina for chances to view eagles that winter at Lake Springfield each year. For more information about Eagle Days, call 417-888-4237. MDC’s Springfield Conservation Nature Center is located in southeast Springfield at 4601 S. Nature Center Way

Information about bald eagles in Missouri can also be found at mdc.mo.gov/eagledays.