Bald eagle fans circle in on Keokuk

We just want any eagles reading this newsletter to know how much we appreciate you (and those very sharp talons.) Photo: Getty Images

The folks in Keokuk can’t actually guarantee that you’ll see bald eagles flying over their fair city during the 40th annual Bald Eagle Appreciation Day on Jan. 20. That’s really up to the birds themselves.

But, still, it’s a pretty good bet this time of year, when they swoop down for fishy snacks on the Mississippi River. You can drive the river road on your own or hop on a guided bus tour.

Otherwise, the day offers plenty of other activities, including Meskwaki cultural presentations, nature displays, a photo exhibition, live music and more. If you’d like to see a big bird up close, aim for one of the raptor programs the World Bird Sanctuary of St. Louis plans to present hourly from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Eagle Way Southwest Hall.

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