Our nation’s majestic symbol is in full view along the Fox River during the month of January. Some of the best places to see eagles in their natural habitat are along the Fox River Lock System. “Eagle Days” along the Fox is taking place throughout the month of January. The celebration is a collaborative effort between the Fox Cities–based A Day with Eagles, Eagle Days at 1000 Islands Environmental Center and Citizen Science Eagle Monitoring through Northeast Wisconsin Alliance, Inc.
Today the Fox River Valley is a wintering site for hundreds of eagles, but this has not always been the case. Due to DDT and contaminants such as PCBs and other heavy metals, the eagle population along the Fox River became nonexistent. Officially, the first wintering eagle along the Fox was observed in 1982 during a DNR mid-winter waterfowl survey. Since that time, the number of over-wintering and resident birds has increased tremendously due to improved habitat and removal of contaminants within the river.
Eagle viewing events are taking place througout the region on weekends starting January 14. For a full listing of viewing sites, please download the official brochure or visit www.eagledaysalongthefox.org.