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Eagle viewing day is coming up

Posted Friday, January 18, 2013, at 12:45 PM

The eagle viewing day up north of Terre Haute is coming right up. I've never been, would like to go, maybe this year? Kind of depends on the weather, and what else is going on with the family.

It's sponsored by Duke Energy every year. This year it's next Saturday, January 26 at Duke's Cayuga electric power plant on the Wabash River -- that's about 35 miles north of Terre Haute.

This will be the 18th annual bald eagle viewing day at Cayuga.

It's free and totally open to the public -- from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Duke says, "During most years, the area near Cayuga Station hosts the state's largest population of mid-winter migratory bald eagles.

"When area lakes and streams freeze over in the winter, warm water discharged from the Cayuga power plant keeps the river area by the plant ice free, which attracts fish on which the eagles feed.

"Eagle viewers should dress warmly and may want to bring binoculars, cameras and spotting scopes.

"In the event of bad weather, no backup day is planned."

Along with just being able to see the eagles hanging out in the area, the American Eagle Foundation will be there and will present a program called "Eagle and Birds of Prey" at 10 a.m. and at 2 p.m. They say the presentation includes captive live eagles.

"More than 23,000 have attended Eagle Viewing Days over the years," said Cayuga Station Manager Mike Wertz. "It's been an opportunity for visitors from around Indiana and the region to see and learn about our majestic national bird and symbol."

Duke says their company monitors and works in collaboration with groups such as the Indiana Department of Natural Resources to help manage endangered species found on or near its properties statewide.

The Cayuga Station is on State Road 63 and you get there by taking I-74 to State Road 63 and then traveling south about 15 miles, or by taking U.S. 36 to State Road 63 and then going north approximately 15 miles. Those are Duke's directions.

There's also an annual eagle day at Lake Monroe but I've heard the one at Cayuga is neat. I'd rather go on a warm summer day, but seeing eagles in the wild would be a treat on any day, and one the kids or grandkids would not forget.

Anna Rochelle is a staff writer at the Greene County Daily World and can be reached by sending an email to indianarose@fastmail.us or by calling the office at 812-847-4487.



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