Eagle watching at Pere Marquette
We went to the Pere Maquette State Park in Illinois to see Bald Eagles that have migrated from the North.
Eli was particularly happy that his vest was a bird!
Inside the visitor center is a large eagle’s nest replica!
The kids had fun pretending they were hungry chicks!
Somethings we learned:
1. Bald Eagles are the national bird – even though Ben Franklin wanted it to be the turkey!
2. A bald eagle’s egg is not much bigger than a chicken egg.
The egg on the left is a chicken egg while the one in the right is an eagle egg.
They can climb up to eagle nests and eat unattended eggs and chicks!
4. Eagles can dive up to 100 mph!
This stuffed eagle died because he was electrocuted by power lines 😦
After the very educational presentation, we caravaned around to different parks and reserves to see Bald Eagles in the WILD!
We even got to take a ferry across the river.
Normally there would be dozens of bald eagles in each spot that we stopped at but because of the mild winter this year, the eagles weren’t forced to migrate down the river in search of food! Normally the rivers would ice over, making fishing impossible. The eagles fly south to the where the there is plenty of food!
If you zoom into this picture you can see two eagles perched on a tree!