Corps of Engineers offers chance to spot migrating birds

By The Mercury

Staff reports

Amateur area ornithologists will get their best chance to see migrating eagles next week at Tuttle Creek.

Officials of the Corps of Engineers have announced plans for the annual Eagle Day to be held Saturday, Jan. 5, beginning at 9 a.m. and running until approximately noon.The program is free and open to the public with participants meeting in the large assembly room at the Manhattan Fire station at 2000 Denison.

Dan Mulhern, biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will offer a presentation on bald eagles in Kansas and their nesting. Pat Silovsky, director of the Milford Nature Center, will feature several live raptors in her discussion of eagles and other birds of prey.

Following those presentations members of the Northern Flint Hills Audubon Society will lead participants on a bus tour through areas near Tuttle Creek Lake, with the goal of watching bald eagles in the wild.

Those planning on taking part will be advised to dress appropriately for the weather, with all encouraged to bring binoculars, spotting scopes, and cameras.The event is sponsored by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Tuttle Creek Lake, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, and the Manhattan Convention and Visitors Bureau. Bus service is provided by the Tuttle Creek Lake Association.

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