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Bald Eagle Watching Days In Five Weeks

Sauk Prairie will hold its 26th Annual Bald Eagle Watching Days Jan. 18–19, 2013. The River Arts Center at the Sauk Prairie High School in Prairie du Sac, Wis., serves as event headquarters. There you’ll find an array of presentations including one with live birds, and displays by conservation organizations.

At 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19, there will be a demonstration on birding optics and digiscoping at the Ferry Bluff Eagle Council Overlook, which is in the municipal parking lot in downtown Prairie du Sac next to the Ruth Culver Community Library at 560 Park Avenue.

Also at 10:00 a.m., Jan. 19, Wollersheim Winery will host its Eagle White Wine tasting. Its vineyard on highway 188 along the Wisconsin River is one of seven designated Eagle Viewing Areas.

To see a map of the Eagle Viewing Areas and a full program, visit the Ferry Bluff Eagle Council’s Web site.

Eagle Watching Bus Tours

At 10:00 a.m. on Saturday mornings Jan. 5 through Feb. 23, 2013, Ferry Bluff Eagle Council volunteers will guide one-hour eagle watching bus tours. Tickets are $5.00 per person. Tours are popular and fill quickly so call the Sauk Prairie Chamber Of Commerce at 800-68EAGLE to reserve a seat.

Free Tours Jan. 19

Bus tours during Eagle Watching Days are free but you cannot make a reservation. Arrive early at the Sauk Prairie High School to sign up, then browse displays and hear presentations until the bus arrives.

Eagle Greeters At Overlook

Every Saturday and Sunday in January and February from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. you’ll encounter a volunteer to answer questions about the eagles as you view through the spotting scopes at the Ferry Bluff Eagle Council Overlook in downtown Prairie du Sac.

Viewing Etiquette

Humans have a rare opportunity to be unusually close to eagles in Sauk Prairie along the Wisconsin River, sometimes only 100 feet away, but the eagles only tolerate our presence because they are hungry. Whenever possible, use your car as a blind and stay inside it to view them. Close car doors softly and be quiet. A frightened eagle may leave its perch and return to its evening roost with an empty stomach.

The last few years we’ve sold all four of our guest rooms for this event, so book a room now if you plan to watch the eagles with us. If you cannot make it Jan. 18–19, you can still enjoy great eagle watching during all of January and February.

Call us at 608-355-9899 or click on the Check Availability box at the top of this page to reserve your favorite guest room now.

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