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Eagle Days at Chain of Rocks Bridge Limited to Students, Gone in 2013

Things have changed for this popular, annual eagle spot. See here for a list of other eagle-watching opportunities.

This year’s escorted and hosted Eagle Days at the Old Chain Of Rocks Bridge will be limited to three weekdays for a select group of elementary students, due to cuts in funding for the event. Conservation staffers said public residents may come to this popular eagle-vantage spot on their own, but there will not personnel to address questions.

The collaboration between the Missouri Department of Conservation, Illinois Department of Natural Resources and Trailnet will be limited to three days in January, to better serve 1,200 underserved fifth grade students with what conservationists are calling "high quality, experiential outdoor educational programming."

The public weekend for the eagle days program will not occur at all in 2013, due to decreases in event funding from external sponsors and donors, according to the Missouri Conservation Department website.

The Chain of Rocks Bridge is an optimal environment from which to observe eagles soaring, diving, feeding, and nesting. The public is encouraged to enter from either the Missouri or the Illinois side of the bridge, and enjoy the views during daylight hours from this historic bicycle and pedestrian crossing of the Mississippi River.

A list of eagle-watching events and opportunities across the bi-state region can be found by clicking here.

This year, the program is sponsored by America’s Central Port, Metro East Park and Recreation District, Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation, and Phillips 66 Wood River Refinery.

The best eagle-watching time in the Midwest is from late December through February.

Mike K December 23, 2012 at 01:15 PM
We have enjoyed past Eagle Days, and I am saddened that the MDC budget director did not fund this event. Sad that public funding is decided by whether or not there is corporate funding. Don't they know that corporations are not people, do not vote, and their goal is return to shareholders, not the public. Their mission is to serve the public and preserve public spaces and conserve nature, not serve corporate agendas.

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