Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge Eagle Watch, Marion
(January 20–28, 2018)
Six pairs of eagles and their offspring call this 44,000-acre refuge home. Guided tours take visitors to the eagle nests and through areas of high eagle-traffic, making it a great place to ensure a spotting. A short drive from the refuge, make like an eagle and dive (into a pool) at the HUB Recreation Center, which also includes a gymnasium, waterslide and lazy river in Marion. Guests can purchase an all-day pass to utilize the whole facility.
Pere Marquette State Park Bald Eagle Days, Grafton
January 22, 26, 27, 29, 30, February 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 23, 26 and March 1
A scenic observational drive up the bluffs of this riverfront park provides opportunities for you to view the wintering birds yourself. Informational programs teach visitors how to distinguish the difference between immature and mature eagles, what eagles eat, and why they spend the winter months in this area. Admission is free, but reservations are required. While in Grafton, keep the winter fun going with a stop at the Loading Dock Ice Rink. The Loading Dock is the area’s only waterfront entertainment destination and is located 10 minutes from Pere Marquette State Park.
Bald Eagle Watch Weekend, Oglesby
(January 27–28, 2018)
For only $1 per person, a trolley shuttles passengers between the Starved Rock Lodge, the Starved Rock Visitor Center and the Illinois Waterway Visitor Center, which all house various eagle programs, activities and exhibits. Join the Starved Rock State Park naturalist for a guided eagle viewing tour. Stay overnight at Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center, which offers rustic hotel rooms and log cabins in the woods.