6 Eagle weekends
ahead at State Park
A symbol of governmental power since the time of the Roman Empire, the bald eagle is the focus of the U.S. national emblem. Lake Guntersville State Park will celebrate the eagles that have settled in this area during 6 Eagle Awareness Weekends Jan. 11 through Feb. 15.
This will be the 28th year for the program, ranked first in 2013 by the Alabama Bureau of Travel and Tourism.
The events are for local people as well as folks who will be staying at the Lodge. The programs are free and include guest speakers, field trips and eagle-watching opportunities.
The typical weekend starts with check-in at 4:00 on Friday afternoon, with guests on their own for dinner before a social and orientation in the Grandview Ballroom at the Lodge at 7:00 that will include a PowerPoint presentation by park naturalist Patti Donnellan and music by The Circle.
On Saturday, theres an early bird coffee in the lobby of the lodge, with field trips departing at 6:00 to eagle roost sites. Groups return to the lodge at 8:00 for breakfast, with more field trips departing at 9:00. The afternoon program is at 1:00, with 3:00 field trips and an evening program at 7:00.
Sunday begins with another early bird coffee at 5:30 with a 6:00 trip to Town Creek to see eagles departing a roost. Field trips depart from the lobby at 9:00 to go to Guntersville Dam to see the eagle nest.
Here is the lineup of speakers at the Lodge:
1:00 — Jay Eubanks, Education Director, Alabama Wildlife Center, Pelham, Ala.
7:00 — Ken Thomas, Superintendent, DeSoto State Park, Fort Payne, Ala.
1:00 — David Haggard, West Tennessee Interpretive Specialist, Tennessee State Parks.
7:00 — Mark Jackson, Superintendent, Lakepoint State Park, Eufala, Ala.
1:00 — Becky Collier, Coosa River Science School at the Alabama 4H Center, Columbiana, Ala.
7:00 - Big Dave Hollaway, Senior Naturalist, McDowell Environmental Center, Nauvoo, Ala.
1:00 — Montgomery Zoo.
7:00 — Curt Cearly, Master Falconer, Huntsville.
1:00 — John and Dale Stokes, Wings to SOAR, Trenton, Ga.
7:00 — Encore performance from Wings to SOAR.
1:00 — Natures Echo, Pine Mountain, Ga.
2:00 — Paul Franklin, nature photographer, Birmingham.
7:00 — Linda Reynolds, retired naturalist, Guntersville.
7:30 — Rocky Baker and Elmo Belcher, wildlife photographers.