SMITHVILLE, Mo.— The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invites the public to Smithville Lake’s 25th Annual Eagle Days in Smithville, Mo., Jan. 4 and 5, 2020.
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 visitors view live eagles in the wild.
“For 25 years, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Smithville Lake have partnered with several local agencies to make this event happen including Clay County Parks, Missouri Department of Conservation and local wildlife organizations,” said Jaime Picken, park ranger for the Corps of Engineers at Smithville Lake. “Bald eagles migrate southward to open water as the northern water bodies freeze over. Since snow geese are a major food source for the eagles, they tend to follow the snow geese migration and can usually be seen at Smithville Lake from December through January. We enjoy sharing the importance of these beautiful creatures.”
The event is free but seating for the live predatory bird programs is limited to 175 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.
Bald Eagles have been repopulating in regions where they had previously been endangered in the 1980's due to the widespread use of the herbicide DDT (dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane). After DDT was banned, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, along with other agencies, began improving habitat, protecting nesting sites and inventorying bald eagles in order to track their progress. Bald eagle populations have made a large comeback and can now be seen at many U.S. Army Corps of Engineer Lakes throughout the country.
Paradise Pointe Golf Course Complex Address:
18212 Golf Course Road
Smithville, MO 64089
Release no. 19-078