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)
Now that am retired from a workday schedule, I am able to do some of those things I wasn’t able to fit into the schedule before. Eagle monitoring is just one of those things. It takes a little extra effort to get outside in the sometimes pretty frigid weather before sunrise, but American Bald Eagle monitoring is a good excuse to get me out there. 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 Celebration of Eagles.