Bald Eagle Days

January  10, 2014

      Just in time for this year's Bald Eagle Days, there should be plenty of bald eagles in the Quad Cities this weekend, thanks to the frigid weather. It opens Friday afternoon at the QCCA Expo Center in Rock Island, and continues through Sunday afternoon.

      Show director, Rob Junker, says live eagles will be on display from the World Bird Sanctuary in Saint Louis, along with other birds of prey such as falcons and owls. Other displays will include wolves from Pella Wildlife, and several animals from the Niabi Zoo in Coal Valley. 

      "One of the main things we want to accomplish is to educate people about the animals they see. They're going to learn different facts and figures about the animals. We also want them to learn about conservation - about recycling - how to recycle and what to recycle."

      The Quad City Audubon Society will hold bus tours to see eagles in the wild, at various sites in the area.

      Junker says attendance each year varies from 12,000 to 20,000, but 16,000 is about average. 

      Bald Eagle Days will also include a presentation by Chad Pregracke, the Quad Cities resident who's nationally-known for his efforts to clean up American rivers, and CNN's Home Town Hero for 2013. It's set for Saturday at 11 am. Major sponsors for the weekend are Modern Woodmen and Alcoa.