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Experiencing Eagle Days at Wyandotte Lake

Visitors and locals will have an opportunity to see majestic bald eagles in the wild and up-close during the 18th Annual Eagle Days at Wyandotte County Lake, Saturday and Sunday, January 19 and 20.

This free event will take place at the Mr. & Mrs. F.L. Schlagle Library and James P. Davis Hall located at Wyandotte County Lake Park in Kansas City, Kansas. Both sites will be open from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm on Saturday, and Noon – 4:00 pm on Sunday.

Event activities will include live bird presentations, craft areas for kids, and binocular checkout for viewing birds along the lake. This setting is an excellent place to catch a glimpse or photograph eagles and waterfowl in their natural habitat.

Educational presentations are scheduled for the entire weekend courtesy of Operation Wildlife volunteers. Exhibits and presentations can be seen at F.L. Schlagle Library and James P. Davis Hall. Both locations will offer a fun and unique experience for all ages, plus each site will feature a different collection of birds.

Eagle Facts: The Bald eagle acquired its name from early English settlers when the word "bald" meant "white." Young birds develop their distinctive white head and white tail around age four or five.

Male and female birds look very similar except in size where females tend to be larger. Male and female bald eagles typically mate for life forming pair bonds and lay one to three eggs a year.

Several kinds of fish make up most of the Bald Eagle’s diet, but these birds prey on a variety of creatures based on what’s available. They also enjoy dining on amphibians, birds, reptiles, and mammals.

The once endangered bird due to hunting and harmful pesticides now thrives under protection. In the winter, bald eagles can be found near large bodies of water throughout most of the continent, especially if there’s access to open water for fishing.

Eagle Days at Wyandotte County Lake is presented by Operation Wildlife; the Mr. & Mrs. F.L. Schlagle Library; Kansas City Board of Public Utilities (BPU); the Kansas City, Kansas Public Library; Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools; and the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas Parks & Recreation Department. For questions about Eagle Days at Wyandotte County Lake Park, contact the Mr. & Mrs. F.L. Schlagle Library at 913-295-8250.

Dr. Chuck Marr, Kansas State University professor emeritus, will present Tomatoes and Peppers on Thursday, January 10, 2019, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This presentation, open to the public, is sponsored by the Wyandotte County Extension Master Gardeners. It will be held in the Sunflower Room of the Wyandotte County Extension Office, 1216 North 79th Street, Kansas City KS. Registration is not required. Fee: $5.00 (waived for certified master gardeners). Please call 913-299-9300 if you need further information.

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