Tuttle Creek Lake Celebrates Bald Eagle Day

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) - For the 26th year, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Tuttle Creek Lake sponsored a free Eagle Day for the public to learn about and view bald eagles.

The day started at 9:00 a.m. at the Manhattan Fire station with an overview of eagle nesting in Kansas. The program also included live hawks and owls as well as a mounted bald eagle.

"As our national symbol, which the bald eagle is, the numbers got dangerously low at one time," said Natural Resource Specialist Steve Prockish. "It was on the endangered species list at one time. So it was important for the public to understand that and to do what we can do to bring those numbers back up."

The morning was highlighted with a free bus tour to areas near Tuttle Creek Lake where knowledgeable bird watchers from the Northern Flint Hills Audubon Society shared information about eagles and help people view them.

A record 54 bald eagle nests were documented in Kansas last year.