Tuesday, January 14, 2014

18th Annual Eagle Days return to Lake Pueblo State Park

The bald eagles are back! Come celebrate this magnificent bird of prey at Colorado Parks and Wildlife's 2014 Eagle Days Festival. The event features eagle-viewing opportunities, hands-on activities for the kids, live bird programs and educational presentations by raptor experts.

This year's festival runs from January 31st thru February 2nd at the Lake Pueblo State Park Headquarters. Each year the event draws hundreds of visitors from across the state who wish to learn more about these unique birds of prey.

"Eagle Days is a great opportunity to learn about these majestic birds and get the entire family outdoors," Darcy Mount, a ranger at Lake Pueblo State Park, said.

Numerous bald eagles spend the winter at Lake Pueblo State Park and the Pueblo Reservoir State Wildlife Area. They roost in the large trees and dine on fish from the large expanse of open water.

The area around Pueblo Reservoir offers excellent opportunities to view a variety of birds of prey year-round, but during the winter months the bald eagles are the star attraction.

Programs at the Park Visitor Center and entry to the Visitor Center from Hwy. 96 are free, but vehicles are required to have a Park's Pass if they drive into other portions of the park.

The festival kicks off at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31 at the Lake Pueblo State Park auditorium with the announcement of the winners from this year's photo contest and a slideshow by professional wildlife photographer Debbie Barnes. Activities continue from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.

For more information about Pueblo Eagle Days visit www.eagleday.org or call Colorado Parks and Wildlife at 719-561-5300 or 719-561-9320.


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