Things are Looking Up at Eagle Festival in Southeast Iowa

Watch for the high-flying stars of the Bald Eagle Appreciation Days on the Mississippi River. Photo: Cibi Chakravarthi.

Heads up: America’s high-flying national symbol will draw folks to Bald Eagle Appreciation Days this weekend in Keokuk and Montrose, two historic river towns in Iowa’s southeast corner.

This Saturday at Victory Park in Keokuk, off U.S. Highway 136, staff from Lee County Conservation, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will host visitors at prime viewing spots. (The birds like to perch on Lock and Dam No. 19.) Nearby, the River City Mall features DNR displays, a woodcarving show, presentations from the World Bird Sanctuary in St. Louis, and Native American drumming, singing, dancing and storytelling.

On Sunday in Montrose, about 15 minutes north of Keokuk, there’s a good chance you’ll spot more eagles at Riverfront Landing from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Find more details about eagle watching on the Great River Road’s website.

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