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      MDC helps people discover nature with annual 'Eagle Days'

      The Missouri Department of Conservation is helping people around the Heartland discover nature with their annual 'Eagle Days.'

      Because of its big rivers, many lakes and wetlands, the Show-Me-State is one of the leading lower 48 states when it comes to viewing bald eagles.

      Each fall, thousands of eagles migrate south from their nesting range in Canada and the Great Lakes to hunt.

      Lock and Dam 24 and Apple Shed Theater in Clarksville will be celebrating 'Eagle Days' on January 25th and 26th. The event includes live captive eagle programs, exhibits, activities, and guides with spotting scopes.

      "It's an exciting experience and the bald eagle was an endangered species, but because of efforts and public awareness that the United States Government has taken it off the endangered species list. And now in Missouri, it's just a species of concern," said Karen Armstrong, Missouri Conservation Education Consultant.

      'Eagle Days' is a great way to enjoy nature in the winter and also a fun way to spend time as a family, but be sure to dress for the weather and don't forget a camera or binoculars.