Bennett Spring State Park will host a bald eagle program at 11 a.m. Monday, June 3, presented by the World Bird Sanctuary.
This program will take place in Shelter B, past the park store and fish hatchery, across the whistle bridge, and will last about 30 to 45 minutes. Participants can get an up close view of a bald eagle and learn the reasons it was chosen as the national symbol.
Bald eagles were once considered an endangered species. Now, their populations have flourished, and in 2007 it was de-listed in status. Today, there are more than 1,500 bald eagles thought to live in Missouri. It is still a species of concern, but residents can often see them near Missouri’s lakes, springs and rivers.
Staff have recently seen three bald eagles that use their razor-sharp talons and hooked beak to enjoy catching the trout at Bennett Spring. In winter, they are often seen perched in the tallest sycamore trees within the park near the spring. This past winter, a juvenile bald eagle was seen feeding at Bennett Spring. Once trout season begins, the large number of people often keep these majestic birds away.
For protection of the birds, no pets are allowed at this event. To ensure a comfortable seat, lawn chairs are suggested.
Bennett Spring State Park is at 26250 Highway 64A in Lebanon. For more information about the event, call the nature center at (417) 532-3925 or fish hatchery staff at (417) 532-4418.
For more information about Missouri State Parks and Historical Sites, go to mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.