The Audubon Center is part of the National Audubon Society who partnered with the U. Army Corps of Engineers to build and operate the center. In addition, the festival will provide live entertainment and craft vendors for the whole family. The tower will feature various eagle activities on weekends from January through mid-February.“The Audubon Society wanted to establish a center in the St. Pere Marquette will also hold the Bald Eagle Winter Festival from 11 a.m. On Saturdays in January and February, the Tree House Wildlife Center in Dow, a nonprofit organization dedicated to rehabilitating and releasing injured birds and wildlife, will feature live viewing of bald eagles being rehabilitated at the center.All of the projects will create a better eagle-watching experience at each location.
“We always have something ‘eagle-related’ going on.” And every year, there’s something new for eagle watchers.Visitors that complete the full list of check-ins will be eligible for a prize, which will be awarded at the Masters of the Sky event on President’s Day weekend at the National Great Rivers Museum.More information on the Foursquare contest can be found at Facebook.com/Visit Alton.The majestic bluffs, surrounding woodlands and the wetlands along the Mississippi River valley offer the American bald eagle an ideal environment, making the local region the second-largest wintering eagle spot in the country, second only to Washington state.“People come from all over just to see the eagles,” said Brett Stawar, president at the Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau.The last decade or so has shown an increase in eagles in the area, as the bird that was once close to extinction continues to make a comeback.Bird watching and feeding has become one of the top hobbies in the United States.Introducing 100% Free video webcams with rooms local to Godfrey.Webcam Society is completely free and registration is optional.Those who take in five Eagle Watching Hot Spots listed on the card throughout the season will have a chance to win a new Kindle Fire. The National Great Rivers Museum at 2 Lock and Dam Way in East Alton will also feature Eagle Meet and Greet Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. To help eagle watchers on their quest for the perfect sighting, the new Alton Eagle Watching Application will lead them to Eagle Watching Hot Spots, provide information on upcoming events and festivals, and allow visitors to share their eagle photos.In conjunction with the festival, an Eagle and Wildlife Art Walk with ice sculptures and artists displaying their work will take place at various locations in Downtown Alton. The new app is downloadable for free, and is available for both Android and i Phones.