Free Eagle Day Program Planned

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Tuttle Creek Lake will sponsor a free Eagle Day program on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The day will begin at the Manhattan Fire station at Kimball and Denison avenues.

The event showcases bald eagles, their remarkable recovery and what makes them special to the nation and Tuttle Creek Lake and includes speakers from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Milford Nature Center, a presentation featuring live native birds of prey and an eagle watching tour.

Transportation will be provided for the tour. Visitors should dress for the weather as the tour includes short walks across unimproved terrain to reach viewing stations. A limited number of spotting scopes and binoculars will be provided, so visitors are encouraged to bring their own. No registration is required, but space is limited to a first come, first served basis.

Bald eagles have made a remarkable comeback from a population low of an estimated 417 nesting pairs in 1967 to over 10,000 pairs today. Tuttle Creek is home to several nests and provides prime habitat for bald eagles and other birds of prey. Viewing opportunities at the lake are plentiful.