I love watching Eagles. Occasionally, I’m lucky enough to spot one or two in northern Michigan. I recently discovered that there is great eagle watching in Alton, IL from late December through mid-February . The region is host to the second largest population of American Bald Eagle migrations. It makes me want to take a road trip back to the area just to go bird watching.
This area is a mecca for bird watchers. You can view Eagles from late December through mid-February. In addition to Eagles you’ll see many other birds. Since Alton is located along the Mississippi and at the confluences of the Missouri and Illinois rivers the area provides a perfect habitat for birds and wildlife.
Need som additional convincing that Alton is the place for some awesome bird viewing? What if I told you that “sixty percent of all North American birds use the Mississippi River basin as their migratory flyway. In the spring and fall over forty percent of the nation’s migratory waterfowl are traveling along the byway corridor providing wonderful viewing opportunities. Along with birds, the Mississippi River is home to 260 species of fishes, 38 documented species of mussels, more than 50 species of mammals, and many amphibians and reptiles. A wide variety of this fauna as well as flora from a variety of large river habitats are readily available for your viewing enjoyment throughout the year in the Riverbend Region.”*
After visiting the area this fall I have it on good authority that these are the best Eagle viewing locations:
Audubon Center at Riverlands: If there is inclimate weather the center offers great viewing from inside their beautiful facility, complete with binoculars and scopes. The location itself is just fantastic and provides a nice variety of hiking trails.
The National Great River Museum: Take a tour of the locks for the best viewing. The tour puts you on top of the locks with great views of the Mississippi River.
National Scenic Byway: I drove the scenic byway this fall and it provides a spectacular bird viewing opportunity.
Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge: Another great location for viewing Eagles.
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