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Learn about Eagles, Other Birds of Prey and Wild Creatures When Lake Guntersville State Park Hosts Eagle Awareness Weekends 

Decatur, Ala. – America’s national symbol, the bald eagle, will be celebrated in January and February when Lake Guntersville State Park hosts the annual Eagle Awareness Weekends, giving wildlife enthusiasts a chance to learn more about the magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. The popular weekend event attracts people of all ages from all over the United States who come here to spend a winter getaway in one of Alabama’s most popular state parks immersed in nature-based learning. In 2023, Eagle Awareness will be held every weekend from January 20 through February 5. 
Now in its 37th year, Eagle Awareness Weekends at Lake Guntersville State Park was started as an activity for people of all ages to experience the joy of watching eagles and other birds in their natural habitat and as a way of educating the public about the importance of protecting the area’s wildlife. The weekend events feature live bird demonstrations, programs provided by notable speakers, guided safaris for viewing eagles and other creatures in their natural habitat and plenty of photo opportunities for those with camera in hand. The 2023 dates are Jan. 20-22, Jan. 27-29 and Feb. 3-5. Activities get underway at 5:30 p.m. Friday, with activities throughout the day on Saturday and wraps up Sunday following the 11:30 a.m. program. 
The 2023 Eagle Awareness Weekends scheduled programs and presenters are (subject to change):
January 20-22, 2023
Presenters/Programs: Wings to SOAR, Anniston Museum of Natural History and Alabama Wildlife Center
January 27-29, 2023
Presenters/Programs: David Haggard, Raptor Ridge and Alabama Wildlife Center 
February 3-5, 2023
Presenters/Programs: Auburn University, Rice Raptor Project and Alabama Wildlife Center
Sessions typically fill up quickly and participants are encouraged to reserve a weekend by calling 256-505-6621. Lodging packages start at $324 and include lodging, two breakfasts, one dinner, a welcome packet, VIP access to presentations, discounts at the restaurant and gift shop, photo opportunities with birds of prey, activities for children, engagement with featured sponsors and one-on-one access with the naturalists. Day passes for programs only are $15/adults and $5/children 12 years old and under.
For a complete list of scheduled events, speakers and lodging packages, visit 
About Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association (AMLA)
AMLA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion and development of the travel industry within the 16 northernmost counties of the state. It is supported by 500-plus members consisting of chambers of commerce, Convention & Visitors Bureaus, attractions, campgrounds, festivals, communities, counties, golf courses, restaurants, tour operators, accommodations, vendors, financial institutions and individuals. Counties included within the AMLA region are Blount, Cherokee, Colbert, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Franklin, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Morgan and Winston. Additional information on North Alabama destinations, accommodations and special events is available by calling 800.648.5381 or by visiting Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @VisitNorthAL and like us at