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Eagles and Bagels
February 1 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
The 19th Annual “Eagles and Bagels” Walk in the Park at Oahe Downstream Recreation Area near Fort Pierre will be held Saturday, Feb. 1 at 9am CST. People should meet at the Oahe Downstream group lodge.
US Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Charlene “Charlie” Bessken will conduct this year’s eagle presentation. Information will be presented highlighting eagles, their habitat and proper conduct for viewing and photographing the birds.
The group will travel into the park for a 2-mile guided walk (weather permitting) to observe the birds in their natural setting. The hike will include a few stops to view the birds and answer questions. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars, cameras, comfortable hiking shoes and cold weather clothing.
The Oahe Downstream campgrounds are currently closed to vehicle traffic to protect the roosting eagles. Walkers and cross-country skiers are allowed into these areas, although they must be careful not to disturb the roosting eagles. If disturbed, the eagles may abandon their roosts and use up valuable food reserves.
There is no charge for the guided walk, but a park entrance license is required for all vehicles entering the park. The new 2020 park entrance licenses are available at the park. Following the hike, guests are invited back to the lodge for snacks and refreshments sponsored by Lynn’s Dakotamart of Pierre and Fort Pierre.
The Oahe Downstream Recreation Area is located five miles north of Fort Pierre off SD highway 1806.
For more information on bald eagles in state parks, visit gfp.sd.gov or call 605.773.3391. You can also find more information regarding this event and others, on Oahe Downstream’s Facebook page, facebook.com/OaheDownstreamRecreationArea.