Eagle Watch this weekend
- Madras Pioneer - News
le Watch 2002 will celebrate Lake Billy Chinook's population of bald eagles and other raptors Feb. 23-24.
The seventh annual observance will feature a wide array of speakers, activities and organized viewing sessions at various locations around the reservoir from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 23, and beginning at 10 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 24.
Included will be eagle viewing sessions, guest speakers, live birds of prey presentations by the High Desert Museum at PGE's Round Butte Overlook Park.
Saturday activities get started at 9 a.m. with a Golden Eagle update and eagle viewing sessions at Overlook Park. You will be able to see eagles up close at the High Desert Museum's Live Birds of Prey presentations at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. A light lunch will be served at noon, followed by viewing sessions and informational talks. At 7 p.m., a stargazing session will be held at Overlook Park, weather permitting.
A Sunrise Eagle Tour, sponsored by Raven Research West, will launch Sunday's activities at 5:30 a.m. at the Cove Palisades State Park. Also on Sunday, at 10 a.m., Live Birds of Prey presentation; eagle viewing sessions from 10 a.m. to noon; light lunch served at noon; a Raptor Identification Contest at 1 p.m.; Native American Legends and a performance of the eagle dance at 1:30 p.m. Activities continue until 3 p.m.
Admission is free, but a day-use permit will be required at locations within the Cove State Park.