Here at Isle Casino® Bettendorf, we're lucky to be located in an area with gorgeous landscapes. One of our favorite things to look forward to every year is the bald eagle viewing season. The bald eagle is a national treasure, so it's a great privilege to view them each year. The viewing season is spectacular and shouldn't be missed. Read on to learn more.
Bald Eagle Facts
The bald eagle is special to the United States. In fact, it’s both the national animal and national bird of the United States and appears on our Seal. There was a time when we almost lost our precious bird. It was on the brink of extinction in the late 20th century. Thankfully, the population recovered, and the bald eagle was removed from the U.S. Federal Government’s Endangered Species List on July 12, 1995. Here are some other interesting facts about the bald eagle.
The bald eagle isn’t bald: The eagles have feathers covering their heads. The name refers to the word “balde,” an old English word which originally meant white.
They don’t live long: In the wild, about 70 to 80 percent of eagles die before they reach the age of five, which equates to 20-25 years of age in human years.
Bald eagles don’t swim: Despite photos of bald eagles appearing to swim, they don’t dive into the water. They merely skim across the top of the surface to catch fish in the water.
There is no renewal process: There’s a myth that bald eagles tear out their feathers and lose their beak, then grow new ones. There’s no truth to this. An eagle would die if they plucked out all of their feathers.
Bald Eagle Events
During bald eagle season, you can see eagles dipping and wheeling through the air. It’s even more exciting when you see them fighting for food in the air, or watching the tandem plummet of mating eagles. If you want to know where you can see these majestic birds, check out the list below.
Dubuque Watch: This day-long event features live eagle programs and also includes free trolley rides to the National Mississippi River Museum. When: Jan. 16, 2016. Where: Grand River Center, 500 Bell Street, Port of Dubuque, IA 52001.
Bald Eagle Appreciation Days:This event will feature live-eagle presentations, Native American activities, and various demonstrations along the river. When: Jan. 16-17, 2016. Where: 300 Main Street, Keokuk, IA 52632
Muscatine Watch: You’ll experience live eagle programs and various environmental exhibits at Pearl City Station and outdoor viewing at Lock & Dam 16. When: Jan. 23, 2016. Where: 100 Harbor Dr., Muscatine, IA 52761
We hope that you decide to take advantage of this wondrous time of year. While you’re out, feel free to stop by and have some fun gaming. And if you spot some bald eagles, let us know!