Eagle Soaring

Thousands will bundle up and head outside to see and learn about the majestic bald eagle during the Lake of the Ozarks Eagle Days festivities this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 6 and 7.

Presented by Ameren Missouri, Lake of the Ozarks Eagle Days is a free and public celebration of America’s national bird and offers several opportunities to learn about these and other birds of prey at various locations around the city of Lake Ozark.

One of the Lake of the Ozarks’ most popular winter events, Eagle Days activities draw nearly 4,000 attendees to the different programs offered. Activities get underway Saturday, Jan. 6, at 9 a.m. and run until 5:30 p.m. They continue Sunday, Jan. 7, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The World Bird Sanctuary will hold live eagle programs Saturday and Sunday at Osage National Golf Resort in Lake Ozark.

At Osage National Golf Resort, 400 Osage Hills Road, attendees can get up-close and personal with these awesome creatures during the live eagle programs presented by the World Bird Sanctuary. The programs take place every hour, on the hour, beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday and at 10 a.m. on Sunday.

The fun and educational programs include presentations of a variety of eagles by the World Bird Sanctuary’s naturalists as well as questions and answers from the audience.

The owls program presented by the Dickerson Park Zoo at the School of the Osage is a fun and educational way to learn about owls of all sizes that call Missouri home.

The School of the Osage Heritage Elementary, 1571 Bagnell Dam Blvd., will host the Dickerson Park Zoo of Springfield, as well as many other exhibitors and activities for children in attendance. Staff members of Dickerson Park Zoo offer three different interactive programs focusing on the American bald eagle, owls of Missouri and a program featuring hawks, owls and turkey vultures.

The presentations occur every hour beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday and 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Other activities at the School of the Osage include face painting and a coloring and photo contest. Exhibitors include Ameren Missouri, Lake Area Photo Club, Missouri State Parks, Missouri Department of Conservation, Missouri State Highway Patrol and Water Patrol, Jim Rathert Photography, Lake of the Ozarks chapter of Missouri Naturalists and others.

Live eagle viewing takes place at Willmore Lodge as well as the Bagnell Dam access, both in Lake Ozark.

Wild eagle-viewing activities take place at the historic Willmore Lodge, 1 Willmore Lane, and the Bagnell Dam Access, located off of Highway 54 on Osage River Bridge Road.

Interactive exhibits and crafts will be on display at Willmore Lodge each day, and eagle nest-building demonstrations by Master Naturalists will be held at the Bagnell Dam Access. Free hot chocolate also will be available at the Bagnell Dam Access.

Attendees are encouraged to dress warmly and bring their own binoculars and cameras for the best Eagle Days experience.

Popular Migratory Destination

Per the Missouri Department of Conservation, Missouri is a popular migratory destination for bald eagles as they make their way south for the winter, resulting in one of the highest populations in the lower 48 states. Locals and visitors to the Lake of the Ozarks have a unique opportunity to see these birds in their natural habitat as eagles thrive along the shores and forests of the lake.

For complete details on the 2018 Lake of the Ozarks Eagle Days, including schedules of specific events and programs as well as exhibitors and demonstrations, visit www.LakeOfTheOzarksEagleDays.com.

Additional winter events, as well as year around attractions and information on all lodging and dining options available at the lake, can be found on the Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitor Bureau’s website, www.FunLake.com, or by calling 1-800-FUN-LAKE (386-5253).