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Bald Eagles

This winter, fewer bald eagles are spending time along the Mississippi River near the Quad Cities.
Michelle O'Neill reports the reason may be mild weather plus other factors.

Bald Eagle Appreciation Days - Keokuk

Jan 18, 2019
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The 35th Bald Eagle Appreciation Days gets underway Saturday morning in Keokuk and runs through Sunday night. Organizers hope the latest round of winter weather might help visitors see more of the stars of the weekend.

Bald Eagle Days in Keokuk Saturday & Sunday

Jan 15, 2016

The pool of water below Lock and Dam 19 at Keokuk is the northern most point on the Mississippi River that does not freeze, which makes it a prime location for bald eagles to feed in the winter. Organizers of Keokuk's 32nd annual Bald Eagle Appreciation Days are counting on that this weekend.

Keokuk Hosts Bald Eagle Appreciation Days

Jan 16, 2015
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A few thousand people will flock to Keokuk this weekend to observe bald eagles in their natural habitat.

Keokuk's Bald Eagle Appreciation Days

Jan 15, 2014

One of Keokuk's largest tourist events will celebrate a significant milestone over the weekend.

Celebrating the Bald Eagle

Dec 20, 2013

Thousands of bald eagles flock to the Mississippi River every winter to feed at lock and dam sites.

Bald Eagle Appreciation Days

Jan 20, 2012

Organizers hope the recent temperature dip will make it easier for people to watch the bald eagles soar above Keokuk’s riverfront this weekend.

Lee County Conservation Director Tom Buckley says the warmer weather this winter has provided more hunting locations for the eagles.

He says they have been able to travel up and down the Mississippi River because of the open water.

Buckley says as the river starts to freeze, the eagles will start to congregate below Keokuk’s Lock & Dam because the moving water keeps that area open for hunting.