The majestic bald eagle has been the national symbol of the United States since 1782.
In the wintertime, bald eagles move south in search of open water and fish, making the shores of the Fox River the perfect location for bald eagle sightings.
Endangered for some time on both the state and national level, bald eagles began returning to the Fox Cities around the 1980s. Hundreds of wintering eagles feed and roost along the Fox River each year and the best viewing occurs near the end of January.
Optimal times of the day to view bald eagles are sunrise and sunset as the eagles are searching for food. Bald eagle nests are federally protected so it’s always wise to grab a pair of binoculars to avoid getting too close and disturbing the eagles.