Eagle Awareness Program at Lake Guntersville

Lake Guntersville State Park offers Eagle Awareness weekends annually in January and February, which include live birding shows and demonstrations, field trips to eagle nesting grounds, children’s crafts, family movie nights and more.  Lodging packages are available.  Guntersville has one of the largest concentrations of American Bald Eagles in the country.

 

There will be five Eagle Awareness weekends in 2018.  The first one is January 19-21, 2018, and the last one is February 16-18, 2018.

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There will be five Eagle Awareness weekends in 2018.  The first one is January 19-21, 2018, and the last one is February 16-18, 2018.

In January and February, eagles take center stage in North Alabama when Lake Guntersville State Park hosts the annual Eagle Awareness weekends giving birding enthusiasts a chance to learn more about the magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. Now in its 33rd year, Eagle Awareness is held every weekend from January 19 through February 18, 2018.

The Eagle Awareness Program at Lake Guntersville State Park features live bird demonstrations, interactive programs provided by notable speakers from across the country, guided field trips for viewing eagles in their natural habitat, and activities for children. There will be demonstrations by Wings to SOAR, Alabama 4H Center and Auburn University’s Southeastern Raptor Center. Noted speakers include West Tenn. Interpretive Specialist David Haggard, Brittney Hughes from Desoto State Park, Alabama State Park’s Ken Thomas and Mandy Pearson, Dr. George Cline from Jacksonville State University, Curt Cearly with RISE Raptor Project, naturalist Paul Franklin, David Hollaway from Camp McDowell and LGSP naturalist Michael Ezell. The dates for 2018 are Jan. 19-21, Jan. 26-28, Feb. 2-4, Feb. 9-11 and Feb. 16-18. A schedule (subject to change) is as follows:

Friday
7:15pm – Evening Program and Orientation
8:15pm – Post Program Social and Weekend Review
8:15pm – Story time

Saturday
6:00am – Town Creek Eagle Watch (Town Creek Pier)
8:30am – Q&A on Field Trips
9:00am – Field Trips
2:00pm – Afternoon Program
3:00pm – Eagle Watch at Town Creek (Town Creek Pier)
3:00pm – Children’s activity 
5:30pm – Evening Program

Sunday
6:00am – Town Creek Eagle Watch  (Town Creek Pier)
8:30am – Q&A on Field Trips
9:00am – Field trip
2:00pm – Afternoon Program

The Eagle Awareness events are free to the public. Registration is not required to attend the programs or field trips. Sessions can fill up quickly so participants are encouraged to arrive early. For a complete list of scheduled events and lodging packages, visit http://www.alapark.com/lake-guntersville-state-park-eagle-awareness-weekends.