EagleMonroe Lake is offering a nine-day bald eagle experience on Jan. 23–31 that will include a mix of virtual, self-directed, and small-group activities.

The event is being held in place of Monroe Lake’s traditional annual bald eagle driving tour.

Jill Vance, Monroe Lake’s interpretive naturalist, will be hosting sunset eagle watches at the lake from 5 to 6 p.m. on Jan. 23, 25, 29, and 31. She and a couple of volunteers will have spotting scopes set up to help participants observe eagles and other birds. Hot cocoa will be available for those who bring their own travel mugs

To ensure social distancing, each sunset eagle watch is open to a maximum of 12 people, and advance registration is mandatory. Registration closes three days prior to each date, or when the event is full, although wait lists are available. Sign up for a session at bit.ly/sunseteagle2021.

Visitors can also create their own self-guided bald eagle driving tour at the lake using the property’s bald eagle brochure as a guide to the best viewing locations and times. On Jan. 22, Vance will post a link to download the bald eagle brochure on the Facebook event page, which can be found at bit.ly/eaglesmonroe2020. You can also, from Jan. 22 to 29, email a request for the brochure to jvance@dnr.IN.gov.

Virtual programming will be hosted on the property’s Facebook page, facebook.com/monroelake. For direct links and descriptions, see the event description at bit.ly/eaglesmonroe2020.

  • Jan. 23 at 3 p.m. Facebook LIVE Identifying Bald Eagles
  • Jan. 25 at 3 p.m. Facebook LIVE Bald Eagle Mating, Nesting, and Fledging
  • Jan. 26 at 11:30 a.m. Facebook LIVE Return of the Bald Eagle
  • Jan. 27 at 2 p.m. Facebook VIDEO Bald Eagle Flyer Craft Tutorial (rerun)
  • Jan. 28 at 10 a.m. Facebook VIDEO Bald Eagle Magnet Craft Tutorial (premiere)
  • Jan. 29 at 1:30 p.m. Facebook LIVE Bald Eagle Coloring Break

“We’ll miss hosting our traditional eagle driving tour this winter, but we hope this reworked experience will give people a range of opportunities to learn about and observe bald eagles in a safe manner,” Vance said.

For more information about event programming, contact Vance at jvance@dnr.IN.gov or call 812-837-9967.

To view all DNR news releases, please see dnr.IN.gov.