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Attend a bald eagle watch this winter for a chance to see eagles and learn about the life history and recovery story of our nation’s symbol.
Space is limited to 20 participants per night. They meet at the refuge office at 4 pm, and shuttle participants to viewing area. Viewing typically last until almost 6 pm or its too dark to see eagles coming in. Afterwards, the Friends of the Salt Plains Refuge will provide coffee, hot chocolate, and snacks. To reserve space to participate please contact the refuge at (580) 626-4794.
Each winter, large numbers of migrant eagles congregate at our lakes and rivers to hunt fish and other prey. Several private groups and state and federal agencies are taking advantage of this annual migration by hosting public eagle watches. Most watches are held in January when the Oklahoma bald eagle population is at its peak.
Oklahoma is one of the top 10 states in the nation for winter eagle viewing. Each winter, as northern lakes freeze over, thousands of bald eagles migrate to warmer, southern waters. Oklahoma is especially attractive to these magnificent birds. During severe winters in the north, 750 to 1,500 eagles may gather here. A resident population of more than 100 bald eagles also lives here year-round.
See the nation’s proudest living symbol, and share it with your children. Join refuge staff as they lead you to an area to view eagle as they come in to roost for the night.