Bald Eagle Days

Bald Eagle days has been a monumental part of Quad Cities tradition for as long as I can remember. My parents would get us bundled up and put the snow boots on to drive along the Iowa Mississippi Riverfront from the Arsenal Bridge in Davenport to the LeClaire Lock and Dam to spot the eagles soaring in the gray winter skies.

For years, it was my dad’s favorite thing to do for his January birthday. My grandparents would drive up from Central Illinois and we would spend the day attempting not to slip on the icy riverfront, as we scoured the skies through binoculars.

Bald eagle searches for food over calm water.

And, in 2016, the event is still as popular as ever. Now the community has Bald Eagle Days at the QCCA Expo Center, featuring the beautiful birds in addition to exhibitions from the Pella Wildlife Company and Niabi Zoo.
You can catch the expo fair January 8th-January 10th. The hours are as follows: Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission prices are: $6 adults, $1 youth.
But a free view is just as spectacular. Eagles can be found much of early January along the banks of the Mississippi. So grab the family, bundle up and head on down to the river to see nature at its finest.

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Katy Williams A life-long Quad Cities resident, Katy is a K-4 ESL Teacher at a local elementary school. She attended St. Ambrose University, graduating in May 2018 with a B.A. in Elementary Education with ESL and Reading concentrations and an English minor. She loves running, traveling, cooking, working with kids, spending time with her fiance and her family and friends, education, and putting a pen to paper. She will be getting married to her fiance, Austin, in May 2019. Her writing credits include the Dispatch-Argus Newspaper, Radish Magazine, Midwest Writing Center and being a writing tutor at SAU.

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