Nature lovers are in for a treat next weekend at the Lake of the Ozarks in this day trip that highlights one of Missouri’s most regal and endangered animals, the Bald Eagle.
A collective partnership with the Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitor Bureau, The Missouri Master Naturalists Lake of the Ozarks Chapter, Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, along with FaceLift Marketing & Design and Osage National Golf Resort, announces Lake of the Ozarks Eagle Days 2018. Presented by Ameren MO, this event will be held January 6 - 7. Highlights of the program include live eagles from the World Bird Sanctuary with professional handlers on hand to answer questions at Osage National Golf Resort. The programs will begin on the hour each day of the event.
At the Heritage Building experts from Dickerson Park Zoo will be presenting two programs throughout the weekend beginning on the half hour each day. Owls of Missouri and the Bald Eagle Program will rotate throughout the event. Enjoy the variety of exhibitors that will be on hand with fun and useful information to share. Submissions for the ever-popular coloring contest will also be located at the School of the Osage Heritage Elementary Building for kiddos to turn in their creations or color them on site. Photographs for the photo contest can also be turned in at the school.
“Lake of the Ozarks Eagle Days is in its ninth year as a stand-alone event, completely funded by the community through donations and sponsorships. The committee felt it was important to continue to grow the event and bring new components to it so people will want to attend, experiencing something new along with the favorites they come back for year after year,” shared Michelle Cook, LOTO Eagle Days committee member. “This family friendly, free event in the first quarter is not only a boost to area businesses that time of year, but also it gives families something to get out and do together and maybe learn a little bit along the way about our beautiful area.”
Activities will take place at Willmore Lodge, including wild eagle viewing with binoculars and scopes. Master Naturalists will be on hand at this location too, for help in making sightings. isitors are urged to bring binoculars and cameras for optimal viewing and photo opportunities of wild eagles at Willmore Lodge and below the Bagnell Dam on the Osage River. In addition to pointing out wild eagles in their natural habitat along the river, offering hot chocolate and literature, the Lake of the Ozarks Master Naturalists will be constructing Bald Eagles' Nests using the readily available, dry nesting materials which the Lake area abundantly provides. This ongoing process will take place both days, Saturday and Sunday, at the River Dam Access site where you can view the nests and actually become part of the nest-building activity. New this year, Jim the Carver, will be carving his beautiful wooden creations on location as well. Celebration Cruises will be back again this year offering Eagle Viewing / Nature Cruises staffed with Master Naturalist volunteers both days of the event from the Bagnell Dam location for a small charge, weather permitting.
Additionally, the committee is continuing a series of ‘educational days’ in cooperation with Ameren MO that will be held in conjunction with Camdenton, School of the Osage, Eldon and Morgan County school districts. “We have been so fortunate from year to year to receive enough funding through sponsorships from the business community and personal donations from residents who see the importance of this event, that we have been able to extend the event to not only offer new components, but also to add educational days for area students, which is incredible,” Tim Jacobsen, Executive Director of the CVB states. “The more we can educate the community about what the Lake Area offers in all seasons will only bolster our efforts as a thriving year round community.” This event is free and open to the public. Hours are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday, January 6 and from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Sunday, January 7. It is the community spirit of the Lake of the Ozarks that makes this annual event possible for all to enjoy.
For information about Lake of the Ozarks Eagle Days visit www.lakeoftheozarkseagledays.com.
Event Schedule & Activities
Jan. 6 & 7
School of the Osage Heritage Elementary
Coloring and photo contest, face painting, Lake of the Ozarks Master Naturalists, Missouri Department of Conservation, Adair’s Animal Nuisance Trapping, Missouri State Water/Highway Patrol, Lake Area Camera Club. Dickerson Park Zoo presents two shows rotating hourly (Eagles of North America starts at 9:30 a.m., Owls of Missouri starts at 10:30 a.m.).
Bagnell Dam Access
Wild eagle viewing, free hot chocolate, eagle nest building by Master Naturalists, Boy Scout activities.
Celebration Cruises (Bagnell Dam Port)
Eagle cruises on Lake of the Ozarks. Cost is $10/person. Saturday at 1 & 3 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m.
Osage National Golf Resort
Activities: Live eagle programs presented by the World Bird Sanctuary held hourly on Saturday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Wild eagle viewing.