Eagle Watch Weekend 2019

Eagle Watch Weekend 2019

January 27, 2019 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Starved Rock State Park
2688 E. 873rd Road. Oglesby
IL 61348

Bald Eagle Watch Weekend celebrates the American bald eagle in Illinois.  The two-day event offers many programs, activities and exhibits occurring simultaneously at three locations, the Starved Rock Lodge, Illinois Waterway Visitor and the Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center. They are all within a short driving distance or take the trolley which conveniently connects all venus.  Hop-on and hop-off with a $2.00 All-Day armband available for purchase on the trolley. Schedule information below or download a 2019 Bald Eagle Weekeend Schedule.

2019 Lineup of Events

Tour Dayton Bluffs Preserve

January 26, 2019 from 9 – 11 a.m.
Sponsored by the Conservation Foundation
A tour and birding trip of The Conservation Foundation’s Dayton Bluffs Preserve led by President/CEO Brook McDonald.
Registration and information

Events at Starved Rock Lodge in the Great Hall West

Illinois Birds of Prey; including a live Bald Eagle Presented by Illinois Raptor Center
Saturday & Sunday at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.

FREE. No admission fee for the show, however a ticket is required for entrance. Free tickets will be available on Saturday and Sunday starting at 8 a.m. in Starved Rock Lodge, Great Hall West, for this presentation.

Events at Starved Rock Lodge in the LaSalle Room

The Art & History of Falconry, Rich Escutia, Master Falconer
Saturday & Sunday shows from 10—11 a.m.  &  1-2 p.m.
History of falconry and how falconers today participate in this ancient sport.  Rich will be accompanied by his amazing birds.

FREE. No ticket needed, seating is first come-first served.

Exhibitors at Starved Rock Lodge Great Hall West

Ameren Aviation Protection Program
Canal Corridor Association
Certified Bird & Butterfly Sanctuary Program
Flying WILD
Illinois Beach State Park Hawkwatch
Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Illinois River National Wildlife & Fish Refuges
Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie
Millikin University
Possibility Place
The Conservation Foundation
The Wetlands Initiative
Uof I Extension Master Naturalists (LaSalle County)

Events at Illinois Waterway Visitor Center (Lock & Dam)

John James Audubon presents “The Washington Eagle, and other Raptors I Have Known” portrayed by
Brian “Fox” Ellis with live birds of prey presented by Illinois Raptor Center

Saturday & Sunday at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.

FREE. No admission fee for the show, however a ticket is required for entrance. Free tickets will be available on Saturday and Sunday starting at 9 a.m. in the Waterway Visitor Center for this presentation.

Cameras in Conservation
Saturday & Sunday, 11 a.m.  Chris Young, Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Take great photos with the camera you have. Part of this session is presented outside, please dress accordingly.

Eagle Watching
Starved Rock Audubon Society members will be on hand to provide high powered scopes and answers to all your eagle questions.

Events at Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center

Saturday & Sunday, 11 a.m.
Program presented by SOAR (Save our American Raptors)

Have your picture taken with Sadie the Starved Rock Eagle both days from 9 a.m. to noon

Guided hikes scheduled at 9:30, 10:00, 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.  A spotting scope will be located at the top of Starved Rock for eagle viewing

Will You see Bald Eagles?

Yes. Usually and the numbers vary year to year and even day to day. Cold weather tends to concentrate the birds by the open water at the dam. When the weather is warmer, birds will hunt up and down the river and there will be fewer to view.

Bald Eagle Watch Visitor Hints

  • If you drive from one side of the river to the other (and back) you can expect to find parking becomes more difficult by mid-day. This means you should budget your time carefully if you are planning to attend various programs.
  • The trolley is a good transportation option. It runs continuously. But you may have to wait for the trolley and therefore you should leave plenty of time before you have to make it across the river and back.
  • Live bird exhibitions do NOT permit entry after the program has begun to insure safety of birds and people. Programs begin on time.
  • Children are welcome and encouraged, of course. Children under two may find the 1 hour live bird presentations too confining. You know your child best. Please be considerate of other attendee