It’s estimated that as many as 1,500 bald and golden eagles winter in Oklahoma and several lakes offer opportunities for people to view the majestic birds in January.
This weekend, eagle watches are scheduled on Arcadia Lake, the Salt Plains National Refuge near Jet and the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, just to name a few.
Don’t forget to bring binoculars and a camera and to dress warmly because even on a sunny January day it always cold near the lakes.
For information on the Arcadia Lake eagle watch, call 216-7141.
The Salt Plains National Refuge is one of the best places to see eagles and this Friday and Saturday, visitors will get to learn about the birds then take a hayride to an eagle hotspot to see eagles fly in to roost for the evening.
The eagle watch is from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. each day and reservations are required. Call (580) 626-4794 for information.
The Wichita Wildlife Mountain Refuge also has organized eagle watches each weekend through Feb. 6. Reservations are also required. Call (580) 429-2151.
An eagle watch is scheduled Saturday on Lake Thunderbird from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Call 321-4633 for information and to register.
Other eagle watches at Thunderbird are scheduled Jan. 22, Feb. 5 and Feb. 19.
The Chickasaw National Recreation Area also has scheduled organized eagle watches on Jan. 15 and 29.
The event begins with a ranger program followed by a bus ride to Arbuckle Lake. Call (580) 622-7234.
Eastern Oklahoma has more wintering eagles than the rest of the state and other popular places around the state for eagle viewing include Beavers Bend State Park, Kaw Lake, the Tishomingo Wildlife Refuge, Sequoyah State Park and Greenleaf State Park.
To see a complete list of eagle watches around the state, visit www.wildlifedepartment.com.