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Winter Eagles Roosts and Nests Field Trip
February 25, 2017 @ 6:30 am - 12:00 pm UTC-6Free - $10
Join IAS for a late winter search of eagles hanging out in the western Indiana areas near the Wabash River and Sugar Creek of Parke County. Participants will meet Alan Bruner, for a morning viewing of eagles moving from their nighly roost to feeding areas along the river. Afterwards, we’ll tour for early nesting birds as they are already setting up their territories and repairing nests for the upcoming season. The day will begin at daybreak at the West Union covered bridge where we will count the eagles flying overhead to the Wabash River from their winter roost along Sugar Creek. The number of eagles passing by at this spot have averaged more than thirty birds with a peak of 112 plus in 2016. When the passage has slowed we will work the river between Cayuga and Montezuma to observe more eagles in their daily activities as well as any waterfowl and raptors that might be wintering in the area. Tundra and Trumpeter Swans winter in the area, sometimes by the hundreds if the river bottoms are flooded. And there is always chances to see one of the local Golden Eagles.
Those wishing to count the eagles coming off the roost must be at the Turkey Run State Park Inn by 6:30 am. The eagles often begin to pass over by 7:15 a.m. The majority of the trip will conclude around noon, but we will continue to explore many additional birding opportunities in the area for those who wish to make a day of it.
Participants must pre-register, as trips fill up fast. The trip is free for IAS members and $10 for non-IAS members. For questions, you may call Alan Bruner at 765-562-2741 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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