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Plan Your Trip: Eagle Days in the Fox Cities


The Fox River is known as a wintering site for hundreds of bald eagles, and January into early February is the best time for viewing! In order to get a closer look at these magnificent creatures you'll want to check out Eagle Days along the Fox River on January 26th, 2019. This event is a collaboration between 1000 Islands Environmental Center, Kaukauna Public Library and the Paper Discovery Center. Together they highlight the significance of the bald eagle in the Fox Cities through hands-on activities and live bird presentations. Below are some tips and event itineraries for attending Eagle Days on January 26th!


Eagle Viewing Tips

  1. Go around twilight hours. Eagle viewing is best around the twilight hours, as the eagles are flying to/from their overnight roosts and daytime feeding areas. No matter when and where you go, please remember to be patient when looking for eagles.
  2. Dress warm! Make sure to bundle up, as it’s a lot cooler when standing next to the Fox River. Eagle sightings are often better when it’s colder, so hope for cold weather and put on lots of layers!
  3. Bring a pair of binoculars! In order to see close-ups of the eagles, you’ll want to use binoculars. Locations will provide binoculars and spotting scopes for your use, but we suggest bringing your own based on the number of people attending.
  4. Print the map. If you wish to view the eagle habitats on your own or cannot attend Eagle Day, we have provided a map of locations throughout the Fox Cities with the best spots and times for eagle viewing. Click here for details.

Eagle Days Event Tips:

  1. Purchase your tickets in advance. The Paper Discovery Center requires each individual to purchase a general admission ticket, which includes seating at one of the live animal shows. Tickets purchased before January 25 are $5 for adults, children and seniors. The seating is limited at each show and they expect to have sell-out crowds. Click here to purchase tickets ahead of time to guarantee your spot.
  2. Parking. The Paper Discovery Center offers parking in their main lot, as well as in additional parking on the lower level by the river. The Kaukauna Public Library and 1000 Islands Environmental Center both have parking lots and street parking available.


Official Eagle Day Events

Paper Discovery Center

  • 10:00 am - 4:00 pm: Explore the Paper Discovery Center permanent exhibits, and enjoy some fun seasonal items to help you learn, create and imagine. Special hands-on activities and engaging crafts will be available for Eagle Days.
  • 10:30 am -11:30 am OR 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm: Join Professor Robert Rosenfield and his owl, Coop, as he talks about raptors and the threats they face. He will also talk about his research.
  • 12:00 pm -1:00 pm OR 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm: Join Dianne Moller from Hoo’s Woods and Wesley the Snowy Owl and Wapaha the Golden Eagle. Learn about Ms. Roller’s efforts to rehabilitate animals injured in the wild.

1000 Islands Environmental Center

  • 7:00 am - 5:00 pm: Free activities inside the nature center including hands-on eagle activities, an eagle craft, coloring contest, door prizes and more!
  • 7:00 am – 8:30 am: Sunrise Eagle viewing at 7:16 am. Sunrise is a great time to catch some of the best eagle activity. Meet at 1000 Islands or at Ahlstrom Munksjo on Thilmany Road and dress appropriately for the cold. Volunteers will be available at the viewing sites from 7:00 am – 5:00 pm, but the sunrise and sunset viewings are highly encouraged.
  • 10:00 am – 11:00 am: Join us for an opportunity to see a live Bald Eagle up close and learn all about eagle biology, ecology, natural history and cultural connections in an engaging and entertaining presentation by a naturalist interpreter from the National Eagle Center.  
  • 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: An encore live Bald Eagle presentation by the National Eagle Center.
  • 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm: An encore live Bald Eagle presentation by the National Eagle Center.
  • 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Sunset Eagle viewing at 4:58 pm. Sunset is a great time to catch some of the best eagle activity. Meet at 1000 Islands or at Ahlstrom Munksjo on Thilmany Road on Elm Street and dress appropriately for the cold. Volunteers will be available at the viewing sites from 7:00 am – 5:00 pm, but the sunrise and sunset viewings are highly encouraged.

Kaukauna Public Library 

  • 9:00 am – 1:00 pm: Bald Eagle crafts and possible eagle viewing from the library windows.
  • 10:30 am: Listen to fun stories about Bald Eagles and other raptors.
  • 11:30 am – 12:30 pm: Wild rehabilitators from Wildlife of Wisconsin (WOW) will teach us about some common threats to our area raptors and how we can protect the magnificent animals ourselves. We will also meet and hear stores about some of WOW’s educational raptors.
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    Make a night or weekend of it! Click here for a full list of local accommodations.



Posted on January 16, 2019 at 14:55

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3433 W. College Avenue, Appleton, WI 54914

800-236-6673

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