SMITHVILLE, Mo.— The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invites the public to Smithville Lake’s 24th Annual Eagle Days in Smithville, Mo., Jan. 5 and 6, 2019.
The two-day event is highlighted by live predatory bird programs hosted by Operation Wildlife on Saturday at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2 p.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2 p.m. at the Paradise Pointe Golf Course Complex. Several other vendors will participate Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Sunday from 10:30 a.m.to 3:30 p.m. Eagle viewing stations with spotting scopes and agency personnel will be available to help visitor's view live eagles in the wild.
“It really is quite an experience to see these magnificent birds up close, and this event offers that,” said Jaime Picken, park ranger for the Corps of Engineers at Smithville Lake. “The volunteers with Operation Wildlife train the eagles for the live shows and do an excellent job. This event allows attendees to learn how the bald eagle nearly became extinct in Missouri and its struggles to thrive. Come join us during this two-day event to gain a better understanding of this species and a greater appreciation for the wild places in Missouri where raptors thrive.”
The event is free but seating for the live predatory bird programs is limited to 200 people per show. Tickets are not needed for the event. Don’t forget to bring cameras, binoculars and scopes and to dress warm for outside viewing. If you have questions regarding Eagle Days at Smithville Lake, please contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at the Jerry Litton Visitor Center by calling (816) 532-0174.
Paradise Pointe Golf Course Complex Address:
18212 Golf Course Road
Smithville, MO 64089
Release no. 18-070