December 07, 2017

CONTACT: Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association
PHONE: 256.350.3500 / 800.648.5381

Soaring to New Heights with Eagle Awareness at Lake Guntersville State Park

Decatur, Ala. – 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:

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

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

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
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 

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