Time to soar
Area nature lovers and bird watchers can take advantage this weekend of the Bald Eagle Watch Weekend, held each year on the fourth weekend of January at the Illinois Water Visitor Center, located across the Illinois River from Starved Rock State Park near Utica. Eagles can be seen perched in trees on Leopold and Plum islands or fishing below the Starved Rock Lock and Dam. Members of the Starved Rock Audubon Society will be on hand to share spotting scopes for close up views of the eagles. For persons who want to stay a bit closer to home, eagles can traditionally be seen along the Hennepin Canal and Illinois River as well. The Bald Eagle is both the national bird and the national animal of the United States. As can easily be seen, the Bald Eagle is not actually bald, but rather has white feathers on its head.