Thousands of eagles winter in Iowa
Iowa’s midwinter bald eagle surveys indicate high numbers of eagles in areas of open water where gizzard shad are plentiful, but, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, the Mississippi River has the greatest concentration.
As many as 2,300 eagles hav been reported from Fort Madison to Keokuk along the Mississippi River. During Keokuk’s Annual Bald Eagle Appreciation Days, upwards of 900 eagles were in the area, many perched on the giant cottonwoods and oaks along the bluffs.
Bald eagles will provide spectacular eagle viewing until the spring thaw. Bald eagle events are scheduled into mid-March. For a list, visit the website www.iowadnr.gov.