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Eagles Over Monroe, Jan. 22-30, 2022

January 5, 2022 Leave a comment

Press Release
Indiana DNR

Monroe Lake’s annual Eagles over Monroe event offers a wide range of programs and activities about bald eagles, Jan. 22 to 30, 2022. Included are a mix of small to medium-size in-person programs and hikes, a self-guided tour and scavenger hunt, and a virtual presentation on Facebook Live.

Details, including full descriptions and registration links, are available at bit.ly/eaglesovermonroe2022.

One featured program is a conversation with Al Parker, a wildlife biologist who guided Indiana’s bald eagle reintroduction program. He will share history and personal stories starting at 2 p.m. on Jan. 29 at Paynetown State Recreation Area (SRA). Space for this free program is limited to 40 attendees. Advance registration is required by Jan. 26.

Entrance to Paynetown SRA and all other SRAs at Monroe Lake is free during the winter months.

On Jan. 30, the Indiana Raptor Center will offer two live raptor presentations at Paynetown SRA, at 1 and 3 p.m, respectively. The presentations will feature up-close looks at multiple raptor species, including a bald eagle and a golden eagle. Each presentation requires advance registration by Jan. 27 and is limited to 30 people; a program fee of $5 per person is required.

A free self-guided driving tour and scavenger hunt will be available throughout the Eagles over Monroe period. An online map will guide you to some of the lake’s best spots for eagle viewing. The scavenger hunt, with clues hidden at select viewing locations, can be completed along the way for a chance to win an Indiana State Parks annual entrance permit.

For those who prefer having help when looking for eagles at the lake, sunset eagle watches will be offered on three different evenings. Volunteers will have spotting scopes set up, and hot cocoa will be available for attendees who bring their own travel mug. Visitors are invited to drop by, no registration needed, between 5 and 6 p.m. on Jan. 26 at Pine Grove SRA, on Jan. 28 at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers office on Monroe Dam Court, and on Jan. 29 at Paynetown SRA. The sunset watches are free, but donations will be collected to support future programming and events at Monroe Lake.

On Jan. 27, Monroe Lake interpretive naturalist Jill Vance will offer a live virtual presentation on the history of the bald eagle reintroduction program in Indiana. “Return of the Bald Eagle” will stream via Facebook Live at 11:30 a.m. The presentation will be recorded for those unable to watch live.

Special hikes are also scheduled throughout the week. All hikes are free but require advance registration and have limited spots available. If a hike is full, consider signing up for the waiting list.

• Fairfax Birding Stroll, Jan. 22 at 10 a.m. (limited to 15 people)
• Winter Exploration Hike, Jan. 24 at 1 p.m. (limited to 10 people)
• Northfork Birding Hike, Jan. 25 at 10 a.m. (limited to 15 people)
• Bald Eagle Hacking Tower Hike, Jan. 26 at 1 p.m. (limited to 20 people)
• Bald Eagle Hacking Tower Hike, Jan. 29 at 10 a.m. (limited to 20 people)

If you have questions not answered at the web link listed above, contact Vance, jvance@dnr.IN.gov or 812-837-9967.

To view more DNR news releases, please see dnr.IN.gov.

34th Eagle Watch at Patoka Lake, Jan. 8, 2022

December 1, 2021 Leave a comment

Press Release
Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Patoka Lake hosts eagle watch and related events, Jan. 8, 2022.

Patoka Lake is hosting several programs during its 34th annual Eagle Watch event, which will be held on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Patoka Lake Nature Center in southern Indiana.

Eagle Interpretive naturalist Wade LeHue will present a live bald eagle, and Dana Recklehoff will share the stories of Patoka Lake’s raptors. Brian Finch, Patoka Lake wildlife specialist, and his team will lead groups on driving tours to hot spots for eagle viewing around the lake.

There will also be a presentation on the success of the Eagle Reintroduction Program that took place in the 1980s.

Lunch will be provided. Children’s activities and crafts will be available from 12:40 to 2:30 p.m.

Cost is $20 per person. Advance registration is required by calling the Patoka Lake Nature Center at 812-685-2447 and is limited to the first 50 participants.

Dress for the weather and bring binoculars, spotting scopes, and cameras if you have them. Be sure to have vehicles fueled for the driving tour.

Patoka Lake (on.IN.gov/patokalake) is at 3084 N. Dillard Road, Birdseye, IN 47513.

Sunrise Eagle Watch, Jan. 18, 2022

November 30, 2021 Leave a comment

Press Release
Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Mississinewa Lake hosts Sunrise Eagle Watch, Jan. 18, 2022.

Greet the morning with bald eagles at Mississinewa Lake’s annual Sunrise Eagle Watch on Jan. 18, 2022.

Meet at Mississinewa’s Miami State Recreation Area (SRA) boat launch at 6:30 a.m. to caravan to the largest documented bald eagle roost in Indiana. Participants should dress for the weather and bring binoculars, cameras, and spotting scopes.

After the eagle watch, have breakfast with birds from Salamonie Raptor Center back at Miami SRA for a free-will donation at 9 a.m.

Registration is required by calling 260-468-2127. Accessible parking available at the roost, please make requests during registration.Mississinewa Lake is at 4673 S. 625 E., Peru, 46970.

For more information on other programs from Upper Wabash Interpretive Services, see dnr.IN.gov/uwis or Facebook.com/UpperWabash.