The best time to spot a bald eagle in the Heartland is right now

Where bald eagles have been spotted in the Heartland

Bald eagle in Pemiscot County
(Source: Jerry and Kim Taylor)

The best time to view a bald eagle in the Heartland is right now!

Winter eagle watching is spectacular.

From Conant, Illinois, to Malden, Missouri, to Land Between the Lakes, the birds can be found perched in trees across the Heartland.

This time of year the birds are looking for a big meal.

According to experts, December through February is peak season to see the birds of prey.

Watch for eagles perched in large trees along the water’s edge.

Here is a closer look at some of the best places to see a bald eagle in or near the Heartland.>>

WORD TO THE WISE: Get to one of these locations early in the morning to see the eagles flying and feeding.

Bald eagle tours are offered during this time at the following parks: Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge, Mingo National Wildlife Refuge, Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park, Lake Barkley State Resort Park and Kenlake State Resort Park.

You can book a guided tour at  Reelfoot Lake State Park in Tiptonville, TN. This is the most popular way to observe and learn about the eagles on Reelfoot. Eagle tours fill up fast – so make reservations early. For more information or to make reservations for eagle tours at Reelfoot call 731-253-9652.

Have you spotted one? We want to know! Send us your pictures to cnews@kfvs12.com.