With great excitement the definitive American icon, the Bald Eagle manages to find itself in Ottawa, Illinois. This overwhelming experience is only 90 miles away from the city's center. That's right, if you are at Madison and State Street you can then be excited by the complete transformation of your surroundings.
In January and into early February, hundreds of American Bald Eagles fly into the Land of Lincoln. They arrive in our Midwestern watershed to escape the brutal cold of our northern neighbors. Imagine, Illinois is now second to only the state of Alaska when it comes to the size of the bald eagle winter population.
The waterways along the Mississippi and Illinois rivers provide a substantial food supply.
You can take a tour from the visitors center at Starved Rock Lodge. The tour will take you to the waterway in Ottawa. You will get a fantastic show displaying the mighty aerial performances of our nation's grand bird.
Tours are held Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays in January and February. Remember, don't disturb the birds. Let nature be!
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