The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has teamed up with Dickerson Zoo to host its first online-only eagle days. The first celebration was on January 23, but the next celebration is coming up on February 6.
What Is Happening?
Dickerson Park Zoo is providing participants with an up-close view of a live, rehabilitated eagle and peregrine falcon. The persons will offer distinguishing characteristics of each, followed by a question and answer period. Usually, MDC works with the zoo for an in-person eagle celebration. Due to health concerns and COVID fears, this year’s event will be virtual. This event is open to persons of any age.
When Does This Happen?
Due to the common interest in eagles in Missouri, advanced registration is required. To attend the February 6, 2021 program between noon and 1:00 p.m., register online here. To register for the second class on February 6 which is between 1-2 p.m., you can register here. As of last week, more than half of the class was filled.
History Of Eagles In Missouri
The history of bald eagles in Missouri was diminishing rapidly. Between 1965 and 1982, there were no known nesting spots in Missouri . MDC, USFWS, and Dickerson Park Zoo gathered together. They placed 74 eaglets in nests at a conservation area. This effort to re-establish the eagles in Missouri has been successful. Currently, our state is home to more than 500 active bald eagles. In winter, the population can swell to over 2,000.
During the colder months, it is good to gaze outside against a blue sky and see a bald eagle soaring overhead.