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Eagle Days

Eagle Days 2012, January 14 and 15
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

View eagles in your own backyard!

Residents of the bi-state area are invited to view bald eagles this January at Eagle Days – a free public program at the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge. During the winter, the Mississippi River hosts one of North America's largest concentrations of bald eagles, who are drawn to areas of open water in search of fish, their preferred food. The Chain of Rocks rapids to the south of the Bridge are ideal fishing grounds.

From the Bridge, an ideal viewing platform, visitors can watch eagles fishing, riding ice floes, soaring overhead or roosting in nearby trees.

Additional Eagle Days Programming Includes:

Live Eagle Educational Program
By the Wild Bird Sanctuary, repeated every 20 minutes from 10:00 a.m. until 2:40 p.m.

Eagle Viewing
Scopes at the center of the bridge are staffed by trained volunteers to help you view eagles diving for fish, roosting in the trees along the banks of the Mississippi, and soaring over the bridge.

Eagle Nest Replica
This full-size eagle’s nest is a great photo opportunity!

Warming Tent Activities
Hands-on art activities for children facilitated by Green Center (Saturday) and the EarthWays Center of the Missouri Botanical Garden (Sunday).

Living History Demonstrations
Lewis and Clark re-enactors from the Discovery Expedition of St. Charles, Missouri and the Lewis and Clark State Historic Site. Don't miss the raising and lowering of the flag at 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. at the Missouri Bridge entrance!

St. Louis Audubon Display
Featuring hands-on exhibits of local birds courtesy of the St. Louis Audubon Society.

The Confluence Partnership Display
Learn about the history and importance of The Confluence region and America's Great Rivers.

Ed's Food will be serving hot dogs, chicken strips, shish kabobs, egg rolls, crab rangoon, hot cocoa, lemonade, soda, and water.

Things to Bring:

  • Binoculars
  • Very warm clothes including a hat and gloves
  • Camera
  • Comfortable Shoes (It is about a 1/2-mile walk to the eagle scopes and additional Eagle Days programming, both located at the middle of the Bridge.)
  • Cash (Eagle Days is free but select parking lots and food vendors will only accept cash)
  • Curiosity

Please Leave at Home:

  • Your dog Fluffy or any other pets

Free parking is available at two satellite lots in Missouri, the St. Louis Welcome Center at Riverview Drive and I-270 and North Riverfront Park, off of Riverview Drive south of the waterworks. A free shuttle will be available from both locations. Free parking is also available at the Illinois Bridge entrance. Parking at the Missouri Bridge entrance costs $5.

If you are interested in volunteering for Eagle Days, please contact Jamilia Harris at 314-877-1309 or

Dana Brown Charitable Trust
Trio Foundation of St. Louis
Edward Jones
Great Rivers Greenway
Illinois Conservation Foundation
Metro East Parks and Recreation District
Pettus Foundation
Missouri American Water
America's Central Port

Additional Support:
City of Madison, IL
Discovery Expedition of St. Charles, MO
EarthWays Center of the Missouri Botanical Garden
Katy Bike Rental
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
Lewis & Clark State Historic Site
Marshall Scott Enterprises
Mostly Bikes, LLS
Pei Wei Asian Diner (Ladue & Creve Coeur)
St. Louis Audubon Society
Sweet Tomatoes (Creve Coeur & Crestwood)
The Green Center
The Pasta House Company
World Bird Sanctuary

A big thank you to all our volunteers. This event would not be possible without your help.

Produced by:

The Confluence Eagle Days Eagle Days

For more information on Eagle Days call 314.436.1324 x117 or e-mail

More Eagle Watching in The Confluence



Audubon Center at
the Riverlands

301 Riverlands Way
West Alton, MO 63386

Alton Visitors Center
200 Piasa St.
Alton, IL 62002

Columbia Bottom
Conservation Area

801 Strodtman Rd.
St.Louis, MO 63138

Lewis and Clark
Confluence Tower

435 Confluence Tower Dr.
Hartford, IL 62048

Fort Belle Fontaine
13002 Bellefontaine Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63138

National Great Rivers

2 Lock and Dam Way
Alton, IL 62002

Pere Marquette
State Park

13112 Visitor Center Ln.
Grafton, IL 62037

Photos from Eagles Days 2011