FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) This weekend brings an event called the “Eagles and Bagels Walk in the Park” to the Oahe Downstream Recreation Area near Fort Pierre. Pat Buscher, Oahe Downstream District Supervisor says the annual event has always had great attendance. Buscher says this is a good chance for families to get out and enjoy the recreation area-and view the migrating eagles found there. Participants will also learn more about the birds from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Charlene Bassken. During January and February, park visitors always have a chance to see many eagles. Buscher says the cold weather, abundant cottonwood trees and a stable food source keep them located close to the open water of the downstream area. Saturday’s program starts at 9:00 a.m. at the Oahe Downstream group lodge. The group will then travel into the park for a two mile guided hike to observe the birds in their natural setting. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars, cameras, comfortable hiking shoes and cold weather clothing. Right now, the Oahe Downstream campgrounds are closed to vehicle traffic to protect the roosting eagles. Walkers and cross country skiers are allowed in those areas, but they are cautioned to be careful not to disturb the roosting eagles. There is no cost for Saturday’s guided walk, but a South Dakota park entrance license is required.
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