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Eagle Days (Smithville Lake)

Eagle viewing is a winter tradition in Missouri, and Eagle Days Jan. 8-9 at Smithville Lake will provide a good opportunity. Missouri Department of Conservation photo.

Smithville Lake Eagle Days will take place on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 8-9. The event is hosted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Clay County Parks and Recreation Department, MDC, and their partners. Live captive raptor shows will be presented by Operation Wildlife. On Jan. 8, the live eagle shows will be 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2:00 p.m. On Jan. 9, the live eagle shows will be at 11:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2:00 p.m. The shows and other wildlife displays will be at the Paradise Pointe Golf Course complex at 18212 Golf Course Drive in Smithville. At Paradise Pointe, visitors can also learn where eagle viewing stations will be set up outdoors at the lake.

Eagles migrating from northern states travel through the area during winter. Their presence is dictated by weather and food availability. A long period of severe cold can cause them to move farther south. But the Kansas City region’s mixed winter weather often keeps eagles in the area during January and February. During freeze ups, they will be near open water such as at rivers or where large flocks of geese or ducks moving about on lakes have kept patches from freezing.

January 8 - January 9
Smithville Lake
Smithville, MO 64089 United States

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