Eagle Days

Missouri's winter eagle watching is spectacular. If you can’t make it to one of our many Eagle Days events (check out the calendar below), browse our best-places list for locations to enjoy eagle-viewing on your own. From late December through early February, watch for eagles perched in large trees along the water’s edge. Get out early in the morning to see the eagles flying and fishing.

Best places for winter eagle viewing

  • Lake of the Ozarks at Bagnell Dam Access, east of Bagnell
  • Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area on Route K, southwest of Columbia
  • Lock & Dam 24 at Clarksville
  • Lock & Dam 25 east of Winfield
  • Mingo National Wildlife Refuge northwest of Puxico
  • Old Chain of Rocks Bridge south of I-270, off of Riverview Drive, St. Louis
  • Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary east of West Alton
  • Schell-Osage Conservation Area north of El Dorado Springs
  • Smithville Lake north of Kansas City
  • Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge south of Mound City
  • Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge south of Sumner
  • Table Rock Lake and Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery southwest of Branson
  • Truman Reservoir west of Warsaw

Eagle Days Events

Date: Saturday, January 16, 2021 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

(All Ages) Eagle Days at the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge is canceled! Say it isn’t so! We will just have to help you discover Bald Eagles on your own. Winter is an excellent time in Missouri to see migrating Bald Eagles gathered along open waters. But where are the best places to go? What if you have questions? We will be at the entrance of Columbia Bottom Conservation Area to greet eagle watchers to provide information to help you make the most of your eagle viewing experience.

Don’t forget to bring binoculars or a spotting scope and dress warmly. Drop by anytime between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to talk with a naturalist. Participants will be asked to maintain social distance from staff and other participants, and follow local mask mandates.(Reservations not required.)

Register by January 17

Date: Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Virtual

Bring out your inner artist and experience the joy of painting! Join us as we learn about our country's national symbol and its journey from endangered to successfully soaring the Missouri skies once again. You will not only get to learn about these majestic birds, but you will also get to learn how to paint them. Grab some Prussian blue and let's paint a picture on our “almighty easels”!

This is a virtual program. You can participate by purchasing an 11x17 canvas and some inexpensive brushes. We would like everyone to be as creative as their minds will allow them, so each person will need to purchase their own paint as well. We will be working with acrylic paint during the program, but choose whatever paint works best for your household. You will need colors for your background (blues, greens, yellows, and white are some suggested colors), your eagle (2 or 3 shades of brown, yellow, and white), and your tree (browns and/or black).

Emails will come from Nichole Wheaton or from our registration system and will read DoNotReply@S3Gov.com. If you do not receive emails after successfully registering for the program, please check your junk mail.

Register by January 19

Date: Thursday, January 21, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Virtual

Our region of the state is soaring with eagles during the wintertime, and we love to study them. This virtual class is geared for homeschool, third and fourth grade classes utilizing the DNS Nature Unleashed student books and science notebooks. Please join us. Discover Nature School materials may be ordered on our teacher portal.

Register by January 22

Date: Saturday, January 23, 2021 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Venture over to Marion Access, north of Jefferson City, to get a chance to view wild Bald Eagles and learn about their conservation success. Runge will provide spotting scopes and binoculars. This program is limited in participants due to the Covid pandemic. Registration is required and everyone participating MUST register in only one timeslot. All Ages. Directions will be e-mailed to participants before the program.

Register by January 22

Date: Saturday, January 23, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Venture over to Marion Access, north of Jefferson City, to get a chance to view wild Bald Eagles and learn about their conservation success. Runge will provide spotting scopes and binoculars. This program is limited in participants due to the Covid pandemic. Registration is required and everyone participating MUST register in only one timeslot. All Ages. Directions will be e-mailed to participants before the program.

Register by January 22

Date: Saturday, January 23, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Venture over to Marion Access, north of Jefferson City, to get a chance to view wild Bald Eagles and learn about their conservation success. Runge will provide spotting scopes and binoculars. This program is limited in participants due to the Covid pandemic. Registration is required and everyone participating MUST register in only one timeslot. All Ages. Directions will be e-mailed to participants before the program.

Register by January 23

Date: Saturday, January 23, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: Virtual

VIRTUAL EVENT: Eagle Days events will be entirely virtual this year throughout the state. Dickerson Park Zoo will be hosting these programs where participants will have an up close and personal view of live, rehabilitated eagles. They also will discuss facts about these amazing birds. An opportunity for a live Q&A session will follow. Register yourself or your family to tune into this live Zoom event. The Zoom web link will be emailed to you the morning of the event.

Register by January 22

Date: Saturday, January 23, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Venture over to Marion Access, north of Jefferson City, to get a chance to view wild Bald Eagles and learn about their conservation success. Runge will provide spotting scopes and binoculars. This program is limited in participants due to the Covid pandemic. Masks are required. Registration is required and everyone participating MUST register in only one timeslot. All Ages. Directions will be e-mailed to participants before the program.

Register by January 23

Date: Saturday, January 23, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Virtual

VIRTUAL EVENT: Eagle Days events will be entirely virtual this year throughout the state. Dickerson Park Zoo will be hosting these programs where participants will have an up close and personal view of live, rehabilitated eagles. They also will discuss facts about these amazing birds. An opportunity for a live Q&A session will follow. Register yourself or your family to tune into this live Zoom event. The Zoom web link will be emailed to you the morning of the event.

Register by February 6

Date: Saturday, February 6, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: Virtual

VIRTUAL EVENT: Eagle Days events will be entirely virtual this year throughout the state. Dickerson Park Zoo will be hosting these programs where participants will have an up close and personal view of live, rehabilitated eagles. They also will discuss facts about these amazing birds. An opportunity for a live Q&A session will follow. Register yourself or your family to tune into this live Zoom event. The Zoom web link will be emailed to you the morning of the event.

Register by February 6

Date: Saturday, February 6, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Virtual

VIRTUAL EVENT: Eagle Days events will be entirely virtual this year throughout the state. Dickerson Park Zoo will be hosting these programs where participants will have an up close and personal view of live, rehabilitated eagles. They also will discuss facts about these amazing birds. An opportunity for a live Q&A session will follow. Register yourself or your family to tune into this live Zoom event. The Zoom web link will be emailed to you the morning of the event.