Statement as issued Monday by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources:
Visit the largest documented wintering bald eagle roost in Indiana with Upper Wabash Interpretive Services during its annual eagle watch events this January and February.
Sunrise Eagle Watch on Jan. 18 begins at Mississinewa Lake’s Miami State Recreation Area boat launch. Participants should arrive before 6:30 a.m., which is when everyone will caravan to the roost to watch the eagles greet the morning.
The Traditional Eagle Watch on Feb. 15 and 16 will meet at Salamonie Interpretive Center in Lost Bridge West State Recreation Area at 3 p.m. both days for a short “Eagles in Indiana” program. Participants will then caravan to the roosting site to watch eagles return for the night. A live bald eagle from Soarin’ Hawk Raptor Rehab will be on hand to give participants a close up look at our national bird. Donations will be accepted.
Handicap accessible parking at the roost site will be available. Those who need accessible parking should mention it during registration.
Register by calling (260) 468-2127. The program is free and open to the public.
Participants who have binoculars, spotting scopes and cameras should bring them.
Upper Wabash Interpretive Services (dnr.IN.gov/uwis) is at 3691 S. New Holland Road, Andrews, 46702.