Eagle Watch Weekend" Expands at Lake Monroe in 2005
The Indiana bald eagle population expanded in record proportions for yet another year, and the fifth Annual Eagle Watch Weekend at Monroe Lake is expanding right along with it. Indiana's largest eagle-viewing celebration adds another half day and eight new programs on Feb. 4-6, 2005, at the Fourwinds Resort and Marina in the Fairfax State Recreation Area on Lake Monroe.
This year's event begins with a new lake-wide bird count on Friday morning at the Fourwinds. Count participants visit Lake Monroe's "Top Ten" birdwatching sites including Stillwater Marsh, and the North Fork Waterfowl Resting Area. Another new program provides an in-depth look into the lives of Indiana raptors with Dr. Jim and Dr. Susan Hengeveld from Indiana University.
Live bird programs occur throughout the weekend. Indiana's owls take the stage on Friday and eagles, hawks, and falcons are the focus of three programs on Saturday. Bird banding with Wild Birds Unlimited's Chief Naturalist John Schaust is featured on Sunday morning.
Two programs for the younger set are scheduled for Saturday with Wendy Smith, education coordinator from the Great Lakes Research and Education Center at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Saturday afternoon includes the annual bus caravan to view bald eagles in the wild and an update on Indiana's wildlife diversity (nongame) program.
Those new to birding won't want to miss "The Basics of Birdwatching" on Saturday morning. Talks on the history of bald eagle reintroduction in Indiana and the status of avian research are featured, too. Other programs include the "Direction of the DNR," and "Inspiration from Nature." The weekend wraps up with a look at the numerous citizen science projects where birders and nature enthusiasts can make substantial contributions to the conservation of nature.
A $5/adult event fee ($1 -- age 12 to 17) covers any or all programs for the three-day weekend. For a complete listing of programs and pre-registration information, log on to the Indiana State Parks and Reservoirs website at www.dnr.IN.gov/parklake/ or call 812-837-9546. Additional information is available at www.eaglesatlakemonroe.com. For lodging information, visit the Fourwinds Winds Resort and Marina website at www.fourwindsresort.com, or the Bloomington/Monroe County Convention and Visitors Bureau at www.visitbloomington.com.
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