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The Ozark’s Bald Eagles

Date: 2014-10-05 12:00:00 am

The Ozark’s Bald Eagles

 

The Ozark’s Bald Eagles is a unique Branson attraction that offers tours to visitors to watch bald eagles during winter time in the Ozark Mountains. The perfect time to view eagles is in the month of January, a National Bald Eagle Month where you can view them along the Meramec River at the Ozark Outdoors. If you go rafting or canoeing along the river, there’s a big chance that you will see them nesting in the trees, or diving for fish. These bald eagles begin to arrive around October in the Ozarks and set up their temporary homes until the month of March.

Missouri is one of the states in the US that has the most number of bald eagles. Thousands of these high flying birds migrate south from their nesting ground in Great Lakes states and Canada to hunt around the open waters of Missouri Rivers and lakes. They migrate to Missouri because of its big lakes, rivers, and wetland areas where they find abundance of fish. Missouri is reportedly to have more than 2,000 bald eagles during winter time, making Missouri State to have the most bald eagles in the lower 48 states.

The scientific name of bald eagle is haliaeetus leucocephalus which means white-headed sea eagle. The term bald refers to the Old English ‘’balde’’ meaning white and not without feathers. The eagle has a very pointed hooked beak that is used for tearing flesh. The eyesight of the eagle is five times sharper than human eye. The eagle is one of the largest birds of prey in the world, where its wingspan averages from 6 and a half to 8 feet, has weight up to 15 pounds and a height up to 3 and a half feet tall. Throughout the nesting season in winter, bald eagles usually live in solitude.

Ozark's Bald EagleMissouri is the leading state of having the most bald eagle migration. During the annual winter eagle count in 2012, there were 2,661 eagles recorded – five of which were golden eagles. Many of the bald eagles were counted near Table Rock Lake and in the Mississippi River and the Osage River. By mid-fall, bald eagles are starting to migrate but many of them arrive in December.  When north portion of Missouri freezes, some eagles migrate to open water in the south scattering as far as the gulf coast. They begin to move back north in late February. By spring time, most have returned to their nests in the northern pine forests in Canada and Great Lakes where they come from before they migrate to Missouri.

Get the chance to watch bald eagles perched in large trees near open water from late December to early February in the following locations:

*Lake of the Ozarks, Bagnell Dam Access, east of Bagnell

*Riverlands Environmental Demonstration Area, West Alton

*Schell-Osage Conservation Area, north of El Dorado Springs

*Table Rock Lake, southwest of Branson

If you are looking for a great outdoor adventure, the Ozark’s Bald Eagles is a fantastic Branson attraction that gives visitors a chance to watch bald eagles in the Ozarks.

 

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