Know Before You Go Bald Eagle Watching in Missouri

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  • January is National Bald Eagle Month and the perfect time to view them live and personally along the Meramec River at Ozark Outdoors. While canoeing or rafting, we often see Bald Eagle at Ozark Outdoorsthem nesting in the trees, or diving for fish. 
  • They typically begin to arrive around October, and set up their temporary homes among us until March.
  • When you head out to see eagles, keep in mind that human presence can stress the birds and cause them to waste precious energy that they need to survive.
  • Don’t disrupt them, stay in or near your vehicle or boat for better viewing.
  • Avoid making loud noises, such as yelling, slamming car doors and honking horns.
  • Use binoculars or a spotting scope to view the birds from a comfortable distance.
  • Trespassing on private property to observe Bald Eagles is against the law. Respect landowners along the river and treat them with courtesy.
  • You should never attempt to make an eagle fly.
  • These magnificent creatures soar on average wing spans of 6 1/2 to 7 feet.
  • You should dress warm and in layers when eagle watching in cold weather.
  • You need to cover your head, ears, hands, and feet.
  • You may want to bring a good camera to capture once in a lifetime shots. Keep the sun behind you for the best lighting.
  • You’ll want to watch the weather. Bald eagles prefer cold, clear mornings. They soar on windy days, and roost when it rains.


MO Bald Eagles at Ozark Outdoors

Ozark Outdoors Bald Eagle Watching

The bald eagle is protected by a number of state and federal laws, each with stiff penalties. For example, the Eagle Protection Act, which protects bald and golden eagles, combined with the Criminal Fines Improvement Act of 1987, can cause violators to spend two years in jail or be fined up to $10,000 on a misdemeanor charge.  It is illegal to pursue, harm, harass, take or attempt to take, possess, sell, purchase or transport either eagles, eagle pans or their eggs without a permit. If you find a feather, look at it, take a picture, but do not pick it up. If you know of anyone committing such a violation, call the state game warden in your county.