If you want to get a glimpse of one of America’s most precious birds, a trip to Branson would be a great start
The American Bald Eagle which moves south when the northern bodies of water freeze up, are frequent visitors of Branson during the January and February months. Last year, the Department of Conservation counted over 500 bald eagles in southwest Missouri.
The following are great places to look:
- Table Rock Lake
- Lake Taneycomo
- Bull Shoals Lake
- Lake Springfield
- Stockton Lake
- James River
- Finley River
Where and when to look
In January or February, it is best to look for the American bald eagle in the morning. You will see them looking for fish. When not hunting, they will be in larger trees such as cottonwood and sycamore trees.
“This particular time in January, we’re in the middle of January things are just now freezing over. I’ve noticed we’re seeing a bigger influx of birds now than we’ve seen all year long, so between now and the end of February is the best time to go out and see some bald eagles,” says Robert Brim with Mid-America Eagle Watchers.
The Springfield Nature Center is holding “Eagle Days” on January 26th and 27th. “Eagle Days” are free to the public and consist of watching for eagles through spotting scopes. In addition, “Programming includes a hands-on exhibit of local birds presented by St. Louis Audubon, a full-size replica of an eagle’s nest and warming tent activities including children’s art courtesy of The Green Center.”
Wear warm clothes and comfortable shoes and please leave your pets at home!
In addition to Eagle Days, the Department of Conversation, Brim of Mid-America Eagle Watchers does guided tours for $25 (children are free). Contact Brim here to schedule a tour.
Stay in Branson
Make a weekend out of eagle watching. Come to Branson! Looking for a place to stay? Check out StayInBranson.com or give us a call at (816) 309-9445.