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 25, 2020. This event is a collaboration between 1000 Islands Environmental Center and Kaukauna Public Library. 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 25.

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 and respectful 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.

Official Eagle Day Events

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 Expera Specialty Solutions 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.

9:00 am: Live Bald Eagle Release. Watch a rehabilitated bald eagle be released back into the wild. Live animal releases are dependent on several factors and may be canceled if the conditions are not adequate for the best survival of the bird.

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 in Wabasha, Minnesota

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: An encore live Bald Eagle presentation by the National Eagle Center in Wabasha, Minnesota.

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm: An encore live Bald Eagle presentation by the National Eagle Center in Wabasha, Minnesota.

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 Expera Specialty Solutions 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: "Raptor Rehab: The Trials and Tribulations of Protecting American Bald Eagles and other Raptors" Wildlife rehabilitators from Wildlife of Wisconsin (WOW) will teach us about some of the common threats to our area raptors, meet and hear stories about some of WOW's educational raptors as well as learn how rehabilitators and even you can protect the magnificent animals yourself.

Make a night or weekend of it! Click here for a full list of local accommodations.

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