Bring your binoculars and camera with a zoom lens, because the eagles are back in the St. Louis area. Look above the Mississippi or Missouri River, and you will see them soaring across the sky.
January has become eagle-watching month in the St. Louis area and an excellent science field trip for homeschoolers. While, some of the programs that offered hands-on instruction from the Missouri Department of Conservation have been eliminated as of the start of 2013; there are still plenty of opportunities to eagle watch in Missouri and Illinois.
Two of the most popular spots for eagle viewing in the area are north of St. Peters, in Clarksville, and on the Illinois side, near Grafton. For a list of eagle-watching spots and events in or near Clarksville, visit www.clarksvillemo.us/eagledays. Visit www.greatriverroad.com/eagles for spots to see the eagles in flight on the Illinois side.
Discover how much your crew knows about eagles before you bundle up and fill the van with children anxious to see eagles soaring above and swooping down to the river for food. For instance, do you know the answers to the following questions?
- What year did the bald eagle become America’s national symbol?
- How big are eagles’ nests?
- Where can you view eagles in the St. Louis area?
Learn the answers to these questions and other facts about eagles, including two coloring sheets, with this free download.