A collective partnership with the Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitor Bureau, The Missouri Master Naturalists Lake of the Ozarks Chapter, Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, along with Lake Printing and Osage National Golf Resort, announces Lake of the Ozarks Eagle Days 2013 taking place Saturday and Sunday in Lake Ozark.
With the majority of events and activities free of charge, Lake of the Ozarks Eagle Days 2013's highlights include live eagles from the World Bird Sanctuary with naturalists on hand to answer questions at Osage National Golf Resort. The programs will begin on the hour each day of the event.
Many activities will take place at Willmore Lodge including wild eagle viewing with scopes provided by the Lake of the Ozarks Astronomy Club, a woodcarving exhibition and live animal viewing from Funny Farm Petting Zoo. Eagle watch cruises (weather permitting) will be offered by the Paddlewheeler Tom Sawyer on at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. Sunday for only $5 per person. Visitors are urged to bring binoculars and cameras for optimal viewing and photo opportunities of wild eagles at Willmore Lodge and below the Bagnell Dam on the Osage River.
New in 2013 are activities below Bagnell Dam at the Osage River Access point and the Heritage Building off Henderson Road in Lake Ozark. In addition to pointing out wild eagles in their natural habitat, offering hot chocolate and literature the Lake of the Ozarks Master Naturalists and Boy Scouts from our local Kinderhook District of the Great Rivers Council will be constructing bald eagles' nests using the readily available, dry nesting materials that the Lake Area abundantly provides. This ongoing process will take place both days, Saturday and Sunday, at the Osage River Dam Access site where guests can view the nests and actually become part of the nest-building -activity. In addition the Scouts will be demonstrating Dutch oven cooking at its best with the products available for purchase and s'mores kits to cook over the burn barrels. As if that wasn't enough, they will also be teaching rope making and the kids will be able to keep the rope they make.
At the Heritage Building experts from Dickerson Park Zoo will be presenting programs on Owls of Missouri. At least three of the four owl species indigenous to Missouri will be on hand - the screech owl, batted owl and great-horned owl. These programs will be presented at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. both days of the event. Submissions for the ever-popular coloring contest will also be located at the Heritage Building in addition to Willmore Lodge for kiddos to turn in their creations or color them on site. Photographs for the photo contest can also be turned in at either location.
"Lake of the Ozarks Eagle Days is in its fourth year as a stand-alone event, completely funded by the community through donations and sponsorships, and the committee felt it was important to continue to grow the event and bring new components to it so people will want to attend, experiencing something new along with the favorites they come back for year after year," said Michelle Cook, Lake of the Ozarks Eagle Days committee member. "This family friendly free event in the first quarter is not only a boost to area businesses that time of year, but also it gives families something to get out and do together and maybe learn a little bit along the way about our beautiful area."
Additionally the committee has added an "educational day' that will be held in conjunction with School of the Osage, Leeland O. Mills Elementary and Upper Elementary, as well as Eldon Elementary School on Friday during the school day.
"We have been so fortunate this year to receive enough funding through sponsorships from the business community and personal donations from residents who see the importance of this event, that we have been able to extend the event to not only offer new components but also add an educational day for area students which is incredible," said Tim Jacobsen, Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitor Bureau executive director. "The more we can educate the community about what the Lake Area offers in all seasons will only bolster our efforts as a thriving year round community."
This event is free (except for small charge for the boat cruise) and open to the public.
The event will be held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5 and from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6. It is the community spirit of the Lake of the Ozarks that makes this annual event possible for all to enjoy. Sponsorships are available for businesses, families and individuals.
For information about Lake of the Ozarks Eagle Days visit www.lakeoftheozarkseagledays.com.