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Bald eagle watching goes virtual this year

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Posted at 7:56 AM, Jan 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-08 09:02:53-05

SAUK PRAIRIE — Sauk Prairie area’s Bald Eagle Watching Days, Wisconsin’s longest-running bald eagle watching event, will be held virtually this year due to COVID-19.

Programming will be a mix of live streams and pre-recorded videos beginning at 1 p.m. on Jan. 16 and 23 and Feb. 6 and 20.

“Our planned virtual programming will feature the release of a rehabilitated bald eagle to the wild, a live raptor show and many more of your favorite events and presentations,” said President of the Ferry Bluff Eagle Council Jeb Barzen. “We’ll provide experts to answer your questions and show eagle watchers how they can safely visit the area and see the birds themselves using our new self-guided tour.”

Bald Eagle Watching Days began in 1987 to highlight the eagle's comeback from being an endangered species.

According to the DNR, bald eagle populations in Wisconsin have grown from 108 occupied nests in 1973 to almost 1,700 in 2019.

“The comeback of bald eagles in Wisconsin is an amazing story, and we’re excited to help bring this story alive for people again,” Barzen said.

Links and program scheduling can be found here.

If you'd still like to see the eagles in the wild, you can visit the Sauk Prairie area in Jan. and Feb. for a self-guided tour using a mobile device. More information can be found here.

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