Listed in the Winter 2017 issue of the Audubon Magazine were five hotspots for photographing Bald Eagles. They are:
- Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, Utah
- Conowingo Dam, Maryland
- LeClaire, Iowa
- Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge, Missouri
- Skagit River, Washington
Today Bald Eagles nest in every state but Hawaii, so the chance of seeing one is a lot easier than back in the 1960s — before DDT was outlawed. In fact, there is good opportunity to see the Bald Eagles that make the Fox Valley their home.
Although you can see them all year long, they are especially visible during the winter months because they congregate near the open water of the Fox River. Plan to join us for Eagle Days activities during the next three Saturdays, January 13, 20 and 27th. See Schedule.
Eagle monitoring for this coming Saturday, January 13, 2018, will be from 6:56AM to 8:30AM. Viewing sites are located throughout the Fox Cities. Citizen scientist eagle monitors will be on hand at each site.
Following the early morning monitoring, a reception will be held at 10:00AM the Atlas Waterfront Cafe for an update by WDNR personnel Bryan Woodbury and Joe Henry on data collected through 2017.
The public is invited to join any of the eagle monitoring activities.
Refreshments will be available.
Mr Brew’s Taphouse in Appleton, Wisconsin has recently been added to our list of contributors for Eagle Days Along the Fox River. Mr Brew’s is located along the river shore and is an excellent place to stop for a brew and watch the eagles. Thank you Mr. Brew’s Taphouse for being a contributor.
Other contributors to our Eagle Days event are:
Wild Bird & Backyard, Appleton
Go Wild with Birds, Neenah
Atlas Waterfront Cafe & Gathering Room, Appleton
Thousand Islands Environmental Center in Kaukauna, Wisconsin along with the Northeast Wisconsin Alliance organization, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and other interested enthusiasts are collaborating again to provide opportunities for everyone to view Bald Eagles along the Fox River during the month of January.
Besides learning about the Bald Eagles that make the Fox Valley area their home during the winter months, all visitors will also be able to learn about the history of the Fox River and the abundant wildlife viewing it has to offer.
In a nutshell, here are planned events. Details can be found at Schedule.
- January 13 Mid-Winter Eagle Monitoring*
- 6:44-8:35AM Eagle Monitoring at designated sites
- 10AM-Noon Reception and update on 2016-17 monitoring results at Atlas Waterfront Cafe
- January 20 Various Eagle Education Programs
- 10:30AM-2:30PM Paper Discovery Center
- 10AM-3PM Neenah Public Library
- 7:45-9:15 AM Guided Bird Hikes at various locations
- 7AM-5PM Self-Guided Viewing Locations along the Fox River
- January 27 Various Eagle Education Programs
- 7AM-5PM 1000 Islands Environmental Center
- 9AM-NOON Kaukauna Public Library
- 7AM-5PM Guided Viewing Locations along the Fox River (Kaukauna locations only)
Fox Cities Eagle Viewing Map
Other American Bald Eagle viewing opportunities in Wisconsin
Eagle monitoring occurs on the second Saturday of the month in the Fox Valley area from November through March. Start times begin one half hour before sunrise and continue for ninety minutes.
There are various locations, most of them public, between the mouth of the Fox River on Lake Winnebago and the Wrightstown Bridge. If you’d like to get out to watch for these amazing soaring creatures, contact Cheryl Root for more information. No experience is necessary and there’s no age limitations.
See also Volunteers, DNR Work to sustain Fox River’s bald eagle population
See also Celebration of Eagles.
We are pleased to announce the addition of two new sponsors for Eagle Days along the Fox. They are Expera Specialty Solutions and Evergreen Credit Union. Thank you both for helping us present Eagle Days to the public.
Other sponsors include The Boldt Company, Cellcom, WE Energies and the JoAnn Roehl Memorial.
Atlas Waterfront Cafe & Gathering Room, Wild Bird and Backyard and Go Wild with Birds are other contributors toward our event.
“Effort focuses on bald eagle Resurgence” is the title of an article by Madeleine Behr which appeared in the Appleton Post-Crescent newspaper recently. The article talks about the resurgence of the eagle population along the Fox River and its surrounding communities in the Appleton, Wisconsin area.
It also talks a bit about the history of the clean-up of the Fox River and the impact that has had, as well as the impact citizen scientists have had on on the resurgence of the eagles. Started by retired WDNR wildlife biologist Dick Nickolai, since 2008 volunteers have undertaken eagle monitoring in the Fox Valley. Data shows that we now have 33 eagle nests in the area.
Lastly, it mentions Eagle Days Along the Fox. An annual celebration where citizens can monitor and learn about the Bald Eagles on the Fox River. Next year’s planned events will be held on January 13th and 20th.
To read the entire article.
See also Eagle Days Along the Fox.
Winter is almost here which means hundreds of eagles will be making the Fox River Valley in the Appleton, Wisconsin area their destination headquarters for the winter months.
Northeast Wisconsin Alliance will again be organizing eagle monitoring along the Fox. Data collected is sent to the WDNR for ongoing study.
- Monitoring takes place the second Saturday of each month from November through March at twenty-five sites along the Fox River from Lake Winnebago to Wrightstown Bridge.
- Monitoring begins on-half hour before daybreak and continues ninety minutes thereafter.
The first session will be held Saturday, November 11th beginning at 6:10 a.m. Anyone interested should contact Cheryl at firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday, November 3rd. No experience necessary; all ages and families welcome.
If you’re interested in getting involved with eagle monitoring, contact Cheryl Root. Monitoring takes only 90 minutes of the early morning and requires you take notes about the time, type (juvenile or adult), and how many eagles you see. During Eagle Days Along the Fox, citizen scientists get together for a reception and an update on the previous year’s events.