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Bald Eagle Days Field Trip Full of Fun & Learning

Hundreds of schoolchildren learned all about eagles today, thanks to a 30-year tradition in the Quad Cities.
Michelle O'Neill reports.


Volunteer, Gene Sperry, from the Corps of Engineers, talks with a man while waiting for more classes to arrive.
Credit Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News
Volunteer, Gene Sperry (right), from the Corps of Engineers, talks with a man while waiting for more classes to arrive.

Before opening to the public late this afternoon, buses from nearby school districts lined up to drop off kids and their teachers at the QCCA's 30th Annual Bald Eagle Days in Rock Island.

Volunteer Gene Sperry, from the Corps of Engineers, checks in the classes as they arrive. He says 18-20 schools signed up, and around 2,600 kids and adults are here. "That's a record for us, and we're excited about that!"

Judy Sullivan and her husband from Coyne Center are chaperones for their grandchildren who live in the Sherrard School District.

Children up to 15 years old get in free tonight until 8:00 p.m. Tomorrow, Bald Eagle Days runs from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Schedules for shows, eagle tours, and other activities are online at QCCA Expo Center.  

Officially, Michelle's title is WVIK News Editor which really just means she wears many hats, doing everything there is to do in the newsroom and around the radio station. She's a multimedia journalist and serves as Assignment Editor, reporter, radio news producer, copy editor, announcer, news anchor/host, and photographer. She also writes and produces content for WVIK.org and social media and trains interns.
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