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Cold spell could bode well for eagle viewing in the Illinois Valley

Posted by wlpo on January 12, 2016

The cold spell we’ve had may not be for you but it is for the birds, in particular bald eagles.

The 19th Annual Bald Eagle Watch Weekend is January 30th and 31st. But Kevin Eubank with the Illinois Waterway Visitors Center says the warm weather and flooding have led to only 5 eagles at the dam on Monday, when more than 200 have been there in years prior.

He says the cold weather could still cause the icing that drives the birds to the dam and there could be plenty of bald eagles. If you do spot one, Eubank says to admire them from a distance even though a photo op is tempting.

The Bald Eagle Watch Weekend will be held at the Illinois Waterway Visitors Center, Starved Rock Lodge and Starved Rock State Park. In addition to bird watching there will be programs running from 9 until 5 both days.

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