The best place to see eagles in Newton County is Stella, and the tiny community is planning its 8th Annual Stella Eagle Day on Saturday, Jan. 28, with lots of activities and events from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Eagles can be seen throughout the community, from downtown at the post office to the elementary/junior high school as well as the highways entering town.
A quilt show is planned in the FEMA building, with first, second, third and Viewer’s Choice awards. Participants can set up Friday, Jan. 27, from 3-5 p.m. Judging will start at 11 a.m. on Saturday.
All quilters are invited to show a quilt. There is no charge to attend or show a quilt at the show.
Each fall, thousands of eagles migrate south from their nesting range in Canada and the Great Lakes states to hunt in the Show-Me State. Eagles take up residence wherever they find open water and plentiful food. More than 2,000 bald eagles are typically reported in Missouri during winter.
Watch for eagles perched in large trees along the water’s edge. View them early in the morning to see eagles flying and fishing. Be sure to dress for winter weather and don’t forget cameras and binoculars.
Can’t make it to the Stella event? Other hot spots for winter eagle viewing include:
• Lake of the Ozarks at Bagnell Dam Access east of Bagnell.
• Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area on Route K southwest of Columbia.
• Lock & Dam 20 at Canton.
• Lock & Dam 24 at Clarksville.
• Lock & Dam 25 east of Winfield.
• Mingo National Wildlife Refuge north of Puxico on Highway 51.
• Old Chain of Rocks Bridge south of I-270, off of Riverview Drive in St. Louis.
• Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary east of West Alton.
• Schell-Osage Conservation Area north of El Dorado Springs.
• Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge south of Mound City.
• Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge south of Sumner.
• Table Rock Lake southwest of Branson.
• Truman Reservoir west of Warsaw.