Snow Time! Midwest Winter Festivals
Clarksville Eagle Days: Regal birds
A conservation naturalist in Clarksville, Missouri, watches a single bald eagle soar over the Mississippi River--and then hopes for more so visitors will get their fill, plus great snapshots. Each winter, more than 2,000 eagles pass over this Great River Road town (population: 500) 75 miles northwest of St. Louis. Clarksville Eagle Days at the end of January celebrates with talks, films, sales in art galleries and more.
A bonfire in the park flares while folks in the visitors center learn how eagles leave their nests in Canada and the Great Lakes states and choose nesting sites near the Mississippi's locks and dams, all because the water movement keeps ice from forming. On a good day, dozens of eagles dive-bomb at 60 mph near Lock and Dam No. 24 in search of fish. (You're more likely to see eagles in the morning, which--as all fishermen know--is the best time for a good catch.)