Enjoy live raptors, nature discussions and more Feb. 27-28

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Luke Hart, of the Macbride Raptor Project at the University of Iowa, presented a live hawk and owl program at the 2014 Bald Eagle Appreciation Days event in Prairie du Chien.

Professional photographs by Harold Schaefer, of Fennimore, were quite popular with event-goers at last year’s event. (Courier Press file photos)

The annual Prairie du Chien Bald Eagle Appreciation Days, Feb. 27 and 28, offers a free weekend of educational entertainment for raptor lovers of all ages and interests.

Not only is the weekend a good one for excellent viewing of eagles locally, but the programming on Friday and Saturday is sure to thrill audiences with live bird and reptile demonstrations, life-sized bald eagle mounts and nest displays, nature activities for kids, as well as several informative talks about the eagles and other raptors of the Upper Mississippi River.

Two Friday night presentations kick off the weekend. At 6 p.m., Author/Photographer Ty Smedes will discuss “Iowa’s Bald Eagles” at Country Inn and Suites. At 7 p.m., at the AmericInn, Brenda Kelly, WDNR’s Mississippi River wildlife biologist, will share information about the “Waterfowl of the Mighty Mississippi River.”

Saturday’s activities will all take place at Hoffman Hall, beginning at 9 a.m., with a short presentation about “Viewing Local Eagles Today,” by Effigy Mounds volunteer Dennis Kirschbaum. The afternoon will conclude with a one-hour live bald eagle program at 2 p.m. by the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, of Bayside.

For more information about all of the day’s programs and the local organizations/vendors providing exhibits Saturday, visit the Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce’s website at www.prairieduchien.org.
Bald Eagle Appreciation Days are sponsored by the Prairie du Chien Tourism Council and Effigy Mounds National Monument.

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