Plan Your Trip: Eagle Day 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 23, 2021. This event is a collaboration between 1000 Islands Environmental Center and other community . 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 Day on January 23, 2021.

Eagle Viewing Tips

  1. Go around twilight hours. While eagles can be see any time of the day, eagle viewing is best around the twilight hours. That's because eagles are most actively looking for food. No matter when and where you go, please remember to be patient and respectful when looking for eagles.
  2. Dress warm. Make sure to bundle up. It's 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, bring and use binoculars or a spotting scope.
  4. Print the map. If you wish to view the eagle habitats on your own or cannot attend Eagle Day, there is a map of the Fox Cities with the best spots and times for eagle viewing. Click here for details.

Official Eagle Day Events

Location: 1000 Islands Environmental Center

7:00 am: Sunrise Eagle Viewing
View eagles at the 1000 Islands Fishing Pier, Nelson Overlook or at Ahlstrom-Munksjo's Technology Support Ctr., Thilmany Rd. Naturalists or volunteers will be at the viewing to assist in spotting and observing eagles along with answering questions.

7:00 am - 4:00 pm: A Storybook Walk and Adventure
Read the book Ella, Eddie, and Egg* by 1000 Islands’ Stephanie Feuerstein on the kid-friendly boardwalk trail. Reading stations will be set up along the boardwalk for a self-guided walk to read a page or two at each station. Visit each station to read the entire book. A virtual story time and educational program will be available online at the end of the program (4:00 pm) as well.

*This book will be available to purchase in the Pavilion on Eagle Days for $10.00.

8:00 am – 4:00 pm: Eagle Information/Activities in the Pavilion
Naturalists will be available to answer questions. Eagle activity bags will be available for children to take home and complete. Free hot chocolate will also be served. Eagle-related gift shop items will be available for purchase too.

9:00 am: Mid-morning Eagle Viewing*
View eagles at the 1000 Islands Fishing Pier, Nelson Overlook or at Ahlstrom-Munksjo's Technology Support Ctr., Thilmany Rd. Naturalists or volunteers will be at the viewing to assist in spotting and observing eagles along with answering questions.

10:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm: Live Bald Eagle Presentation via Zoom by the National Eagle Center (Minnesota)
Watch a live eagle presentation and learn about their biology, ecology, natural history, and cultural connections. Pre-registration is required for this presentation at https://bit.ly/37vN6Ur. (The event registration link will go live January 4.)

2:00 pm – Mid-afternoon Eagle Viewing
View eagles at the 1000 Islands Fishing Pier, Nelson Overlook or at Ahlstrom-Munksjo's Technology Support Ctr., Thilmany Rd. Naturalists or volunteers will be at the viewing to assist in spotting and observing eagles along with answering questions.

4:00 pm – Sunset Eagle Viewing
View eagles at the 1000 Islands Fishing Pier, Nelson Overlook or at Ahlstrom-Munksjo's Technology Support Ctr., Thilmany Rd. Naturalists or volunteers will be at the viewing to assist in spotting and observing eagles along with answering questions.


Eagle viewing at Eagle Days in Kaukauna

Note: Due to the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 virus, all Eagle Day activities will be held outdoors and via online for the live eagle presentation. The Nature Center building will be closed; dress appropriately to stay warm and dry. Porta-potties will be onsite, and patio heaters will be in the pavilion.

Family building a snowman at Eagle Days at 1000 Islands Environmental Center
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